The Ark Returned to Israel
1 Now the ark° of the LORD° had been° in the Icountry° of the Philistines° seven° months°. 2 And athe Philistines° called° for the priests° and the diviners°, saying°, “What° shall we do° with the ark° of the LORD°? Tell° us Ihow° we shall send° it to its place°.” 3 They said°, “If° you send° away° the ark° of the God° of Israel°, ado not send° it empty°; but you shall surely° breturn° to Him a guilt° offering°. Then° you will be healed° and it will be known° to you why° His hand° is not removed° from you.” 4 Then they said°, “What° shall be the guilt° offering° which° we shall return° to Him?” And they said°, “Five° golden° atumors° and five° golden° mice° b[according to] the number° of the lords° of the Philistines°, for one° plague° was on all° of Iyou and on your lords°. 5 So you shall make° likenesses° of your tumors° and likenesses° of your mice° that ravage° the land°, and ayou shall give° glory° to the God° of Israel°; perhaps° bHe will ease° His hand° from you, cyour gods°, and your land°. 6 Why° then do you harden° your hearts° aas the Egyptians° and Pharaoh° hardened° their hearts°? When° He had severely° dealt° with them, bdid they not allow Ithe people to go°, and they departed°? 7 Now° therefore, take° and aprepare° a new° cart° and two° milch° cows° on which° there bhas never° been° a yoke°; and hitch° the cows° to the cart° and take° their calves° home°, away° from them. 8 Take° the ark° of the LORD° and place° it on the cart°; and put° athe articles° of gold° which° you return° to Him as ba guilt° offering° in a box° by its side°. Then send° it away° that it may go°. 9 Watch°, if° it goes° up by the way° of its own territory° to aBeth-shemesh°, then He has done° us this° great° evil°. But if° not, then bwe will know° that it was not His hand° that struck° us; it happened° to us by chance°.”
 ILit field
 IOr with what aGn 41:8; Ex 7:11; Is 2:6
 aEx 23:15; Dt 16:16 bLv 5:15, 16
 ILit them a1S 5:6, 9, 12; 6:17 bJsh 13:3; Jg 3:3; 1S 6:17, 18
 aJsh 7:19; 1Ch 16:28, 29; Is 42:12; Jr 13:16; Jn 9:24; Rv 14:7 b1S 5:6, 11 c1S 5:3, 4, 7
 ILit them aEx 7:13; 8:15, 32; 9:34; 14:17 bEx 12:31
 a2S 6:3 bNu 19:2; Dt 21:3, 4
 a1S 6:4, 5 b1S 6:3
 aJsh 15:10; 21:16 b1S 6:3
10 ¶ Then the men° did° so°, and took° two° milch° cows° and hitched° them to the cart°, and shut° up their calves° at home°. 11 They put° the ark° of the LORD° on the cart°, and the box° with the golden° mice° and the likenesses° of their tumors°. 12 And the cows° took° the straight° way° in the Idirection° of aBeth-shemesh°; they went° along bthe highway°, lowing° as they went°, and did not turn° aside° to the right° or to the left°. And the lords° of the Philistines° followed°° them to the border° of Beth-shemesh°.
13 ¶ Now [the people of] Beth-shemesh° were reaping° their wheat° harvest° in the valley°, and they raised° their eyes° and saw° the ark° and were glad° to see° [it]. 14 The cart° came° into the field° of Joshua° the Beth-shemite° and stood° there° where° there° [was] a large° stone°; and they split° the wood° of the cart° and aoffered° the cows° as a burnt° offering° to the LORD°. 15 aThe Levites° took° down° the ark° of the LORD° and the box° that was with it, in which° were the articles° of gold°, and put° them on the large° stone°; and the men° of Beth-shemesh° offered° burnt° offerings° and sacrificed° sacrifices° that day° to the LORD°. 16 When the afive° lords° of the Philistines° saw° it, they returned° to Ekron° that day°.
17 ¶ aThese° are the golden° tumors° which° the Philistines° returned° for a guilt° offering° to the LORD°: one° for Ashdod°, one° for Gaza°, one° for Ashkelon°, one° for Gath°, one° for Ekron°; 18 and the golden° mice°, [according] to the number° of all° the cities° of the Philistines° belonging to the five° lords°, aboth° of fortified° cities° and of country° villages°. bThe large° Istone° on which° they set° the ark° of the LORD° [is a witness] to this° day° in the field° of Joshua° the Beth-shemite°.
19 ¶ aHe struck° down° some of the men° of Beth-shemesh° because° they had looked° into the ark° of the LORD°. He struck° down° of all the people°, 50,070°°° men°, and the people° mourned° because° the LORD° had struck° the people° with a great° slaughter°. 20 The men° of Beth-shemesh° said°, “aWho° is able° to stand° before° the LORD°, this° holy° God°? And to whom° shall He go° up from us?” 21 So they sent° messengers° to the inhabitants° of aKiriath-jearim°, saying°, “The Philistines° have brought° back° the ark° of the LORD°; come° down° and take° it up to you.”
 aEx 19:21; Nu 4:5, 15, 20; 2S 6:7
 aLv 11:44, 45; 2S 6:9; Mal 3:2; Rv 6:17
 aJsh 9:17; 15:9, 60; 1Ch 13:5, 6
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After seven months the Philistines take counsel how to send back the Ark.
1 ¶ And the arkº of the LORDº was² in the countryº of the Philistinesº sevenº months.º 2 And the Philistinesº calledºª for the priestsº and the diviners,ºª saying,ºª What² shall we doºª to the arkº of the LORD?º tellºª us wherewith² we shall sendºª it to his place.º 3 And they said,ºª If² ye send awayºª² the arkº of the Godº of Israel,º sendºª it not² empty;º but² in any wise¹ª returnºª him a trespass offering:º then² ye shall be healed,ºª and it shall be knownºª to you why² his handº is not² removedºª from² you. 4 Then saidºª they, What² [shall be] the trespass offeringº which² we shall returnºª to him? They answered,ºª Fiveº goldenº emerods,º¹ª and fiveº goldenº mice,º [according to] the numberº of the lordsº of the Philistines:º for² oneº plagueº [was] on you all,² and on your lords.º 5 Wherefore ye shall makeºª imagesº of your emerods,º¹ª and imagesº of your miceº that marºª² the land;º and ye shall giveºª gloryº unto the Godº of Israel:º peradventure² he will lightenºª² his handº from off²² you, and from off²² your gods,º and from off²² your land.º 6 Wherefore² then do ye hardenºª² your hearts,º as² the Egyptiansº and Pharaohº hardenedºª² their hearts?º when² he had wrought wonderfullyºª among them, did they not² let the people go,ºª and they departed?¹ª² 7 Now² therefore makeºª aº newº cart,º and takeºª twoº milchºª kine,º on² which² there hath comeºª no² yoke,º and tieºª² the kineº to the cart,º and bringºª their calvesº homeº from²² them:¹ 8 And takeºª² the arkº of the LORD,º and layºª it upon² the cart;º and putºª the jewelsº of gold,º which² ye returnºª him [for] a trespass offering,º in a cofferº by the sideº² thereof; and send it away,ºª² that it may go.ºª 9 And see,ºª if² it goeth upºª by the wayº of his own coastº to Bethshemesh,º [then] he² hath doneºª us² this² greatº evil:º but if² not,² then we shall knowºª that² [it is] not² his handº [that] smoteºª us: it² [was] a chanceº [that] happened² to us.¹ª
 1S 5:1, 3, 10; Ps 78:61.
 Gn 41:8; Ex 7:11; Is 47:12; Dn 2:2; 5:7; Mi 6:6; Mt 2:4.
 Ex 23:15; 34:20; Lv 5:6, 15; 6:6; 7:1; Dt 16:16; 1S 5:7, 9, 11; 6:9; Jb 10:2; 34:31.
 Ex 12:35; Jsh 13:3; Jg 3:3; 1S 5:6, 9; 6:5, 17.
 Ex 8:5, 17, 24; 10:14; 12:12; Nu 33:4; Jsh 7:19; 1S 5:3, 6, 7, 11; Ps 18:44; 32:4; 39:10; 66:3; Is 19:1; 42:12; Jr 3:13; 13:16; Jol 1:4; 2:25; Mal 2:2; Jn 9:24; Rv 11:13; 16:9.
 Ex 7:13; 8:15; 9:16, 34; 10:3; 12:31; 14:17, 23; 15:14; Jb 9:4; Ps 95:8; Ro 2:5; He 3:13.
 Nu 19:2; 2S 6:3; 1Ch 13:7.
 1S 6:4.
 Jsh 15:10; 21:16; 1S 6:3; 2S 1:6; Ec 9:11; Is 26:11; Am 3:6; Lk 10:31.
They bring it on a new cart with an offering unto Beth-shemesh.
10 ¶ And the men¹² did² so;¹ª² and tookºª twoº milchºª kine,º and tiedºª them to the cart,º and shut upºª their calvesº at home:º 11 And they laidºª² the arkº of the LORDº upon² the cart,º and the cofferº with² the miceº of goldº and the imagesº of their emerods.º 12 And the kineº took the straightºª wayº to² the wayº of Bethshemesh,º [and] went alongºª the² highway,º¹ lowingºª as they went,ºª and turned not asideºª² [to] the right handº or [to] the left;º and the lordsº of the Philistinesº wentºª afterº them unto² the borderº of Bethshemesh.º 13 And [they of] Bethshemeshº [were] reapingºª their wheatº harvestº in the valley:º and they lifted upºª² their eyes,º and sawºª² the ark,º and rejoicedºª to seeºª [it]. 14 And the cartº cameºª into² the fieldº of Joshua,º a Bethshemite,º and stoodºª there,² where² [there was] a greatº stone:º and they claveºª² the woodº of the cart,º and offeredºª the kineº a burnt offeringº unto the LORD.º 15 And the Levitesº took downºª² the arkº of the LORD,º and the cofferº that² [was] with² it, wherein² the jewelsº of goldº [were], and putºª [them] on² the greatº stone:º and the men¹² of Bethshemeshº offeredºª burnt offeringsº and sacrificedºª sacrificesº the same² dayº unto the LORD.º 16 And when the fiveº lordsº of the Philistinesº had seenºª [it], they returnedºª to Ekronº the same² day.º 17 And these² [are] the goldenº emerodsº which² the Philistinesº returnedºª [for] a trespass offeringº unto the LORD;º for Ashdodº one,º for Gazaº one,º for Askelonº one,º for Gathº one,º for Ekronº one;º 18 And the goldenº mice,º [according to] the numberº of all² the citiesº of the Philistinesº [belonging] to the fiveº lords,º [both] of fenced¹ cities,º²² and of² countryº villages,º even unto² the greatº [stone of] Abel,º whereon²² they set down¹ª²² the arkº of the LORD:º [which stone remaineth] unto² this² dayº in the fieldº of Joshua,º the Bethshemite.º
 2S 6:3; 1Ch 13:7; 15:13.
 Ex 20:24; Jg 6:26; 21:4; 1S 7:9; 11:5; 20:29; 2S 24:18, 22, 25; 1K 18:30.
 Jsh 13:3; Jg 3:3; 16:5, 23; 1S 5:10; 6:4, 12.
 Jg 1:18; 16:1, 21; 1S 5:1, 8, 10; 6:4; 2S 1:20; 21:22; 2K 1:2; 2Ch 26:6; Jr 25:20; Am 1:7, 8; 6:2; Zc 9:5, 6.
 Jsh 13:3; 1S 6:16.
The people are smitten for looking into the Ark.
19 ¶ And he smoteºª the menº of Bethshemesh,º because² they had lookedºª into the arkº of the LORD,º even he smoteºª of the peopleº fiftyº thousandº and threescore and tenº men:¹² and the peopleº lamented,ºª because² the LORDº had smittenºª [many] of the peopleº with a greatº slaughter.º 20 And the men¹² of Bethshemeshº said,ºª Who² is ableºª to standºª beforeº this² holyº LORDº God?º and to² whom² shall he go upºª from²² us?
 Ex 19:21; Lv 10:1; Nu 4:4, 15, 20; Dt 29:29; 2S 6:7; 1Ch 13:9; Col 2:18; 1P 4:17.
 Nu 17:12; 1S 5:8; 2S 6:7, 9; 1Ch 13:11; Ps 76:7; Mal 3:2; Lk 5:8; 8:37.
They send to them of Kirjath-Jearim to fetch it.
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