1 Samuel 5
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1 Samuel 5
The Ark of the Covenant in Ashdod and Ekron...
And the Philistines took the ark of Elohim and brought it from Eben Ha`ezer to Ashdod,
and the Philistines took the ark of Elohim and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.
And the Ashdodites rose early in the morning and saw Dagon fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of YHWH. So they took Dagon and put it in its place again.
And they arose early the next morning and saw Dagon fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of YHWH, and the head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands cut off, on the threshold, only Dagon itself was left of it.
That is why, to this day, the priests of Dagon and all who come into Dagon's house do not tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod.
But the hand of YHWH was heavy on the Ashdodites, and He wasted them and smote them with tumours - Ashdod and its borders.
And when the men of Ashdod saw this, they said, 'Let not the ark of the Elohim of Yisra'el remain with us, for His hand has been hard on us, and on Dagon our mighty one.'
Then they sent and gathered to them all the princes of the Philistines, and said, 'What do we do with the ark of the Elohim of Yisra'el?' And they answered, 'Let the ark of the Elohim of Yisra'el be removed to Gath.' And they removed the ark of the Elohim of Yisra'el.
And it came to be, after they removed it, that the hand of YHWH was against the city with a very great destruction. And He smote the men of the city, from the least to the greatest, and tumours broke out on them.
They then sent the ark of Elohim to Eqron. And it came to be, as the ark of Elohim came to Eqron, that the Eqronites cried out, saying, 'They have removed the ark of the Elohim of Yisra'el to us, to kill us and our people!'
And they sent and gathered together all the princes of the Philistines, and said, 'Send away the ark of the Elohim of Yisra'el, and let it return to its own place, so that it does not kill us and our people.' For there had come a deadly destruction throughout all the city - the hand of Elohim was very heavy there.
And the men who did not die were smitten with tumours, and the cry of the city went up to the heavens.
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