1 Samuel 5


The Ark in the House of Dagon

1And the Philistines took the ark of God, and carried it from out of Ebenezer unto Ashdod. 2And [3took 1the 2Philistines] the ark, of God and carried it into the house of Dagon, and stood it by Dagon. 3And [3rose early 1the 2Ashdodites], and they entered into the house of Dagon the next day. And they saw, and behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face upon the ground before the ark of God. And they raised Dagon, and they placed him upon his place. 4And it came to pass as they rose early in the next day in the morning, and behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face before of the ark of the  lord. And the head of Dagon, and both the traces of his hands were removed unto the front of the doorposts, and both the wrists of his hands were fallen upon the threshold. Only the spine of Dagon was left behind. 5On account of this, [4do not 5mount 1the 2priests 3of Dagon], nor do any enter into the house of Dagon by the threshold of the house of Dagon in Ashdod until this day; but by passing over, they pass over it. 6And [4was oppressive 1the 2hand 3of the  lord] against the Ashdodites, and he tormented the Ashdodites, and he struck them in their buttock -- the one from Ashdod and their borders. 7And [4beheld 1the 2men 3of Ashdod] that it was so, and they spoke saying that, [6shall not settle 1the 2ark 3of the 4God 5of Israel] with us, for [2is hard 1his hand] against us, and against Dagon our god.

God Strikes the Philistines

8And they send and gather the satraps of the Philistines to themselves. And they say, What should we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And [3say 1the 2Gathites], Let [4pass between the ranks 1the 2ark 3of God] to us! And [6passed between the ranks 1the 2ark 3of the 4God 5of Israel] unto Gath. 9And it came to pass after it being passed through the ranks, that [3came 1the hand 2of the  lord] against the city -- [3disturbance 2great 1an exceedingly]; and he struck the men of the city from small unto great in their buttocks. 10And they sent out the ark of God unto Ekron. And it came to pass as [3entered 1the ark 2of God] unto Ekron, that [3yelled out 1the Ekronites], saying, Why do you return the ark of the God of Israel to us, is it to put us to death and our people? 11And they sent, and they brought together all the satraps of the Philistines. And they said, Send out the ark of the God of Israel, and let it sit in its place, so that in no way shall we be put to death -- us and our people. 12For there came to pass a confusion of death in the entire city, [2severe 1exceedingly], as [6entered 1the 2ark 3of the 4God 5of Israel]. And the living and the dying were struck in the buttocks. And [5ascended 1the 2cry 3of the 4city] unto the heaven.
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