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1 Samuel 5

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 1 And the Philistines captured the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

 2 When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

 3 And when they of Ashdod arose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon and set him in his place again.

 4 And when they arose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.

 5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that came into Dagon's house, would tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.

 6 But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with plague of tumors, all of Ashdod within its borders.

 7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, "The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us for his hand is greatly upon us, and upon Dagon our god."

 8 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines to them, and said, "What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?" And they answered, "Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried away to Gath;" and they carried the ark of the God of Israel away to there."

 9 And it was that after they had carried it away, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction; and he struck the men of the city, both poor and rich, with a plague of tumors in their private parts.

 10 Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, "They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, in order to slay us and our people."

 11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, "Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, so that it does not slay us and our people;" for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city, as the hand of God was very heavy there.

 12 Even the men who had not died were struck with the plague of tumors, and the cry of the city went up to heaven.


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