1 Samuel 6


The Philistines Return the Ark to Israel

And [4was 1the 2ark 3of the  lord] in the field of the Philistines seven months. And [2called 1the Philistines] the priests, and the clairvoyants, and their enchanters, saying, What should we do with the ark of the  lord? Make known to us by what means we shall send it unto its place! And they said, If you yourselves send the ark of the covenant of the  lord God of Israel, do not send it out empty! but by delivering it up, you give it back for the torment! and then you shall be healed, and it shall be atoned unto you, if should you not remove his hand from you? And they say, What thing for the torment shall we give for it? And they said, According to the number of the satrapies of the Philistines -- five buttocks of gold, for the fault in you, and your rulers, and to the people. And five [2mice 1golden], a representation of your mice, of the ones corrupting the land. And you shall give to the  lord God glory, so that he should lighten his hand from you, and from your gods, and from your land. And why do you oppress your hearts as [4oppressed 1Egypt 2and 3Pharaoh] their hearts? Was it not when he mocked them, that they sent them, and they went forth? And now, take and make [3wagon 2new 1one], and two oxen having given birth for the first time, without the offspring, upon which [2was not placed upon 1a yoke]! And team up the oxen on the wagon, and their offspring lead away from behind them to the house! And you shall take the ark of the  lord, and you shall put it upon the wagon; and the items of gold, deliver it for the torment! And you shall put in place a chest on part of it, and you shall send it, and it shall go forth. And you shall see if into the way of their border it shall go -- according to Beth-shemesh, if he did to us [3evil 2great 1this]. And if not, then we will know that it was not his hand that touched us, but that [3a coincidence 1this 2was] to us. 10 And [3did 1the 2Philistines] so. And they took two oxen, having given birth for the first time. And they teamed them up to the wagon, and their offspring they shut up at the house. 11 And they put the ark of the  lord upon the wagon, and the place chest, and the mice of gold, and the images of their buttocks. 12 And [3straightened out 1the 2oxen] in the journey on the way to Beth-Shemesh, in a road in its going, and they labored, and they turned not aside right nor left; and the satraps of the Philistines went after them unto the borders of Beth-shemesh. 13 And the ones in Beth-shemesh were harvesting the harvest of wheat in the valley. And they lifted their eyes, and they beheld the ark of the  lord, and they were rejoiced to meet it. 14 And the wagon entered into the field of Joshua, the one in Beth-shemesh, and it stood there by [2stone 1a great]. And they split the wood of the wagon, and the oxen they offered for a whole burnt-offering to the  lord. 15 And the Levites brought the ark of the  lord, and the place chest with it, and the items of gold, and put them upon the [2stone 1great]. And the men of Beth-shemesh offered whole burnt-offerings, and they sacrificed sacrifices to the  lord in that day. 16 And the five satraps of the Philistines saw, and they returned to Ekron in that day. 17 And these are the [2buttocks 1gold] which [3gave back 1the 2Philistines] for the torment to the  lord -- for Ashdod one, Gaza one, Ashkelon one, Gath one, Ekron one. 18 And [2mice 1gold], according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines, of the five satraps, from the city being solidly fortified, and unto the town of the Perezzite, and unto [3stone 1the 2great] of which they placed upon it the ark of the covenant of the  lord until this day in the field of Joshua, of the one of Beth-shemesh.

God Strikes the Men of Beth-shemesh

19 And he struck the men of Beth-shemesh, for they beheld the ark of the  lord. And he struck among them seventy men, and fifty thousand men of the people. And [3mourned 1the 2people] because the  lord struck among the people [3calamity 2great 1an exceedingly]. 20 And they said, the men, the ones from Beth-shemesh, Who shall be able to stand before the  lord, [3God 2holy 1this]? And to whom shall [5ascend 1the 2ark 3of the 4  lord] of us? 21 And they sent messengers to the ones dwelling in Kirjath-jearim, saying, [3returned 1The 2Philistines] the ark of the  lord, and you go down and lead it up unto you!
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