1 Samuel 6
1 And the ark of Jehovah was in the land of the Philistines seven months.
2 And the Philistines summoned the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do
with the ark of Jehovah? Make known to us how we shall send it to its place.
3 And they said, If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but
turn it back to return it to Him with a trespass offering. Then you will be healed, and it will
be known to you why His hand is not removed from you.
4 So they said, What is the trespass offering which we shall return to Him? And they
answered, Five golden tumors and five golden mice, according to the number of the rulers
of the Philistines. For the same plague was upon all of you and upon your rulers.
5 Therefore you shall make images of your tumors and images of your mice that are
ruining the land, and you shall give glory to the God of Israel. Perhaps He will lighten His
hand from off you, from off your gods, and from off your land.
6 Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their
hearts? When He did mighty things among them, did they not let the people go, and they
7 Now therefore, make a new cart, take two milk cows which have never been yoked, and
when you have tied the cows to the cart, take their calves home, away from them.
8 And take the ark of Jehovah and set it on the cart; and put the articles of gold which you
are returning to Him as a trespass offering in a chest by its side; and send it away, and let it
9 And watch: if it goes up the way to its own territory, to Beth Shemesh, then He has
done us this great evil. But if not, then we shall know that it is not His hand that has struck
us; it has happened to us by chance.
10 And the men did so: They took two milk cows and tied them to the cart, and shut up
their calves at home.
11 And they set the ark of Jehovah on the cart, and the chest with the gold mice and the
images of their tumors.
12 And the cows headed straight for the way to Beth Shemesh, and went along the
highway, lowing as they went, and did not turn aside to the right hand or the left. And the
rulers of the Philistines went after them to the border of Beth Shemesh.
13 Now those 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.
14 And the cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and stood there; and a
large stone was there. And they split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt
offering unto Jehovah.
15 And the Levites took down the ark of Jehovah and the chest that was with it, in which
were the articles of gold, and put them on the large stone. And the men of Beth Shemesh
offered burnt offerings and made sacrifices that day unto Jehovah.
16 And when the five rulers of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same
17 And these are the golden tumors which the Philistines returned as a trespass offering
unto Jehovah: one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ashkelon, one for Gath, one for
18 and the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines
belonging to the five rulers, both fortified cities and rural villages, even as far as the large
stone of Abel on which they set the ark of Jehovah, which stone remains to this day in the
field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh.
19 And He struck the men of Beth Shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of
Jehovah. He struck fifty thousand and seventy men of the people, and the people mourned
because Jehovah had struck the people with a great slaughter.
20 And the men of Beth Shemesh said, Who is able to stand before Jehovah, this holy
God? And to whom shall He go up from us?
21 And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath Jearim, saying, The Philistines
have brought back the ark of Jehovah; come down and take it up with you.