1 Samuel 5
The Ark Causes Trouble for the Philistines
5:1 Now the Philistines had captured the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.
5:2 The Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the temple of Dagon, where they positioned it beside Dagon.
5:3 When the residents of Ashdod got up early the next day,1 Dagon was lying on the ground before the ark of the
5:8 So they assembled8 all the leaders of the Philistines and asked, “What should we do with the ark of the God of Israel?” They replied, “The ark of the God of Israel should be moved to Gath.” So they moved the ark of the God of Israel.
5:9 But after it had been moved the
But when the ark of God arrived at Ekron, the residents of Ekron cried out saying, “They have brought the ark of the God of Israel here12 to kill our13 people!” 5:11 So they assembled14 all the leaders of the Philistines and said, “Get the ark of the God of Israel out of here! Let it go back to its own place so that it won’t kill us15 and our16 people!” The terror17 of death was throughout the entire city; God was attacking them very severely there.18 5:12 The people19 who did not die were struck with sores; the city’s cry for help went all the way up to heaven.