1 Samuel 6

CLV(i) 1 And the ark of Yahweh is in the field of the Philistines seven months, 2 and the Philistines call for priests and for diviners, saying, `What do we do to the ark of Yahweh? let us know wherewith we send it to its place?. 3 And they say, `If you are sending away the ark of the Elohim of Israel, you do not send it away empty; for you do certainly send back to Him a guilt-offering; then you are healed, and it has been known to you why His hand does not turn aside from you.. 4 And they say, `What [is] the guilt-offering which we send back to Him?' and they say, `The number of the princes of the Philistines--five golden emerods, and five golden mice--for one plague [is] to you all, and to your princes, 5 and you have made images of your emerods, and images of your mice that are corrupting the land, and have given honor to the Elohim of Israel; it may be He does lighten His hand from off you, and from off your elohims, and from off your land;" 6 and why do you harden your heart as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their heart? do they not--when He has rolled Himself upon them--send them away, and they go? 7 `And now, take and make one new cart, and two suckling kine, on which a yoke has not gone up, and you have bound the kine in the cart, and caused their young ones to turn back from after them to the house, 8 and you have taken the ark of Yahweh, and put it on the cart, and the vessels of gold which you have returned to Him--a guilt-offering--you put in a coffer on its side, and have sent it away, and it has gone;" 9 and you have seen, if the way of its own border it goes up to Beth-Shemesh--He has done to us this great evil; and if not, then we have known that His hand has not come against us; an accident it has been to us.. 10 And the men do so, and take two suckling kine, and bind them in the cart, and their young ones they have shut up in the house;" 11 and they place the ark of Yahweh upon the cart, and the coffer, and the golden mice, and the images of their emerods. 12 And the kine go straight in the way, on the way to Beth-Shemesh, in one highway they have gone, going and lowing, and have not turned aside right or left; and the princes of the Philistines are going after them unto the border of Beth-Shemesh. 13 And the Beth-Shemeshites are reaping their wheat-harvest in the valley, and they lift up their eyes, and see the ark, and rejoice to see [it]. 14 And the cart has come in unto the field of Joshua the Beth-Shemeshite, and stands there, and there [is] a great stone, and they cleave the wood of the cart, and the kine they have caused to ascend--a burnt-offering to Yahweh. 15 And the Levites have taken down the ark of Yahweh, and the coffer which [is] with it, in which [are] the vessels of gold, and place [them] on the great stone; and the men of Beth-Shemesh have caused to ascend burnt-offerings and sacrifice sacrifices in that day to Yahweh;" 16 and the five princes of the Philistines have seen [it], and turn back [to] Ekron, on that day. 17 And these [are] the golden emerods which the Philistines have sent back--a guilt-offering to Yahweh:for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Ashkelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron one;" 18 and the golden mice--the number of all the cities of the Philistines--for the five princes, from the fenced city even unto the hamlet of the villages, even unto the great meadow on which they placed the ark of Yahweh--[are] unto this day in the field of Joshua the Beth-Shemeshite. 19 And He smites among the men of Beth-Shemesh, for they looked into the ark of Yahweh, yea, He smites among the people seventy men--fifty chief men; and the people mourn, because Yahweh smote among the people--a great smiting. 20 And the men of Beth-Shemesh say, `Who is able to stand before Yahweh, this holy Elohim? and unto whom does He go up from us?. 21 And they send messengers unto the inhabitants of Kirjath-Jearim, saying, `The Philistines have sent back the ark of Yahweh; come down, take it up unto you..