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1 Samuel 5 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 5:1 - After the Philistines captured the Ark of God, they took it from the battleground at Ebenezer to the town of Ashdod.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 5:2 - They carried the Ark of God into the temple of Dagon and placed it beside an idol of Dagon.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 5:3 - But when the citizens of Ashdod went to see it the next morning, Dagon had fallen with his face to the ground in front of the Ark of the LORD! So they took Dagon and put him in his place again.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 5:4 - But the next morning the same thing happened—Dagon had fallen face down before the Ark of the LORD again. This time his head and hands had broken off and were lying in the doorway. Only the trunk of his body was left intact.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 5:5 - That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor anyone who enters the temple of Dagon in Ashdod will step on its threshold.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 5:6 - Then the LORD’s heavy hand struck the people of Ashdod and the nearby villages with a plague of tumors.[fn]

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 5:7 - When the people realized what was happening, they cried out, “We can’t keep the Ark of the God of Israel here any longer! He is against us! We will all be destroyed along with Dagon, our god.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 5:8 - So they called together the rulers of the Philistine towns and asked, “What should we do with the Ark of the God of Israel?” The rulers discussed it and replied, “Move it to the town of Gath.” So they moved the Ark of the God of Israel to Gath.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 5:9 - But when the Ark arrived at Gath, the LORD’s heavy hand fell on its men, young and old; he struck them with a plague of tumors, and there was a great panic.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 5:10 - So they sent the Ark of God to the town of Ekron, but when the people of Ekron saw it coming they cried out, “They are bringing the Ark of the God of Israel here to kill us, too!”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 5:11 - The people summoned the Philistine rulers again and begged them, “Please send the Ark of the God of Israel back to its own country, or it[fn] will kill us all.” For the deadly plague from God had already begun, and great fear was sweeping across the town.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 5:12 - Those who didn’t die were afflicted with tumors; and the cry from the town rose to heaven.
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Greek version and Latin Vulgate read tumors; and rats appeared in their land, and death and destruction were throughout the city.
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