The Philistines send back the ark with an offering—The Lord smites and slays the Israelites in Beth-shemesh who look into the ark.
2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the
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
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.
5 Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods, and images of your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give
7 Now therefore make a new cart, and take two
8 And take the ark of the Lord, and lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels of gold, which ye return him for a trespass offering, in a
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.
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
12 And the kine 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 unto the border of Beth-shemesh.
14 And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Beth-shemite, and stood there, where there was a great stone: and they
15 And the Levites took down the ark of the Lord, and the coffer that was with it, wherein the jewels of gold were, and put them on the great stone: and the men of Beth-shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the same day unto the Lord.
18 And the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both of
19 ¶And he
21 ¶And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the