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1 Samuel 6 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:1 - The ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:2 - And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, "What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? Tell us with what we shall send it to its place."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:3 - They said, "If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty, but by all means return him a guilt offering. Then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why his hand does not turn away from you."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:4 - And they said, "What is the guilt offering that we shall return to him?" They answered, "Five golden tumors and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines; for the same plague was upon all of you and upon your lords.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:5 - So you must make images of your tumors and images of your mice that ravage the land, and give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps he will lighten his hand from off you and your gods and your land.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:6 - Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? After he had made sport of them, did not they let the people go, and they departed?

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:7 - Now then, take and prepare a new cart and two milch cows upon which there has never come a yoke, and yoke the cows to the cart, but take their calves home, away from them.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:8 - And take the ark of the LORD and place it on the cart, and put in a box at its side the figures of gold, which you are returning to him as a guilt offering. Then send it off, and let it go its way.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:9 - And watch; if it goes up on the way to its own land, to Beth-she'mesh, then it is he who has done us this great harm; but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that struck us, it happened to us by chance."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:10 - The men did so, and took two milch cows and yoked them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:11 - And they put the ark of the LORD on the cart, and the box with the golden mice and the images of their tumors.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:12 - And the cows went straight in the direction of Beth-she'mesh along one highway, lowing as they went; they turned neither to the right nor to the left, and the lords of the Philistines went after them as far as the border of Beth-she'mesh.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:13 - Now the people of Beth-she'mesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley; and when they lifted up their eyes and saw the ark, they rejoiced to see it.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:14 - The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth-she'mesh, and stopped there. A great stone was there; and they split up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:15 - And the Levites took down the ark of the LORD and the box that was beside it, in which were the golden figures, and set them upon the great stone; and the men of Beth-she'mesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices on that day to the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:16 - And when the five lords of the Philistines saw it, they returned that day to Ekron.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:17 - These are the golden tumors, which the Philistines returned as a guilt offering to the LORD: one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ash'kelon, one for Gath, one for Ekron;

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:18 - also the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both fortified cities and unwalled villages. The great stone, beside which they set down the ark of the LORD, is a witness to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth-she'mesh.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:19 - And he slew some of the men of Beth-she'mesh, because they looked into the ark of the LORD; he slew seventy men of them, and the people mourned because the LORD had made a great slaughter among the people.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:20 - Then the men of Beth-she'mesh said, "Who is able to stand before the LORD, this holy God? And to whom shall he go up away from us?"

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 6:21 - So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kir'iath-je'arim, saying, "The Philistines have returned the ark of the LORD. Come down and take it up to you."
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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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