First Samuel 6


6:1 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the
 Philistines seven months.
6:2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners,
 saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? tell us with
 what we shall send it to its place.
6:3 And they said, If ye send away the ark of the God of Israel,
 send it not empty; but in any wise return him a
 trespass-offering: then ye will be healed, and it will be known
 to you why his hand is not removed from you.
6:4 Then said they, What [shall be] the trespass-offering which
 we shall return to him? They answered, Five golden emerods, and
 five golden mice, [according to] the number of the lords of the
 Philistines: for one plague [was] on you all, and on your
 lords.
6:5 Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods, and images
 of your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give glory to the
 God of Israel: it may be he will lighten his hand from off you,
 and from off your gods, and from off your land.
6:6 Why then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and
 Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully
 among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed?
6:7 Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch-cows on
 which there hath come no yoke, and tie the cows to the cart,
 and bring their calves home from them:
6:8 And take the ark of the LORD, and lay it upon the cart; and
 put the jewels of gold which ye return to him [for] a
 trespass-offering, in a coffer by its side; and send it away,
 that it may go.
6:9 And see, if it goeth up by the way of his own coast to
 Beth-shemesh, [then] he hath done us this great evil: but if
 not, then we shall know, that [it is] not his hand [that] smote
 us; it [was] a chance [that] happened to us.
6:10 And the men did so; and took two milch cows, and tied them
 to the cart, and shut up their calves at home:
6:11 And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, and the
 coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods.
6:12 And the cows took the straight way to the way of
 Beth-shemesh, [and] went along the highway, lowing as they
 went, and turned not aside [to] the right hand or [to] the
 left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them to the
 border of Beth-shemesh.
6:13 And [they of] Beth-shemesh [were] reaping their wheat
 harvest in the valley: and they lifted up their eyes, and saw
 the ark, and rejoiced to see [it].
6:14 And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Beth-shemite,
 and stood there, where [there was] a great stone: and they
 cleaved the wood of the cart, and offered the cows a
 burnt-offering to the LORD.
6:15 And the Levites took down the ark of the LORD, and the
 coffer that [was] with it, in which [were] the jewels of gold,
 and put [them] on the great stone: and the men of Beth-shemesh
 offered burnt-offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the same day
 to the LORD.
6:16 And when the five lords of the Philistines had seen [it],
 they returned to Ekron the same day.
6:17 And these [are] the golden emerods which the Philistines
 returned [for] a trespass-offering to the LORD; for Ashdod one,
 for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron one;
6:18 And the golden mice, [according to] the number of all the
 cities of the Philistines [belonging] to the five lords, [both]
 of fortified cities, and of country villages, even to the great
 [stone of] Abel, on which they set down the ark of the LORD:
 [which stone remaineth] to this day in the field of Joshua the
 Beth-shemite.
6:19 And he smote the men of Beth-shemesh, because they had
 looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people
 fifty thousand and seventy men: and the people lamented,
 because the LORD had smitten [many] of the people with a great
 slaughter.
6:20 And the men of Beth-shemesh said, Who is able to stand
 before this holy LORD God? and to whom shall he go up from us?
6:21 And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of
 Kirjath-jearim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the
 ark of the LORD; come ye down, [and] bring it up to you.
 
 

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