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1 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod.

2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

3 And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.

4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.

5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day.

6 But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.

7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

8 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither.

9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

10 Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and our people.

11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.

12 And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods: and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

Commentary for 1 Samuel 5

Dagon is broken before the ark. (1-5) The Philistine smitten. (6-12)1-5 See the ark's triumph over Dagon. Thus the kingdom of Satan will certainly fall before the kingdom of Christ, error before truth, profaneness before godliness, and corruption before grace in the hearts of the faithful. When the interests of religion seem to be ready to sink, even then we may be confident that the day of their triumph will come. When Christ, the true Ark of the covenant, really enters the heart of fallen man, which is indeed Satan's temple, all idols will fall, every endeavour to set them up again will be vain, sin will be forsaken, and unrighteous gain restored; the Lord will claim and possess the throne. But pride, self-love, and worldly lusts, though dethroned and crucified, still remain within us, like the stump of Dagon. Let us watch and pray that they may not prevail. Let us seek to have them more entirely destroyed.

6-12 The hand of the Lord was heavy upon the Philistines; he not only convinced them of their folly, but severely chastised their insolence. Yet they would not renounce Dagon; and instead of seeking God's mercy, they desired to get clear of his ark. Carnal hearts, when they smart under the judgments of God, would rather, if it were possible, put him far from them, than enter into covenant or communion with him, and seek him for their friend. But their devices to escape the Divine judgments only increase them. Those that fight against God will soon have enough of it.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Samuel 5

  • April
    It is very interesting the name of the begotten son and our father,so many interpretations,I have went back and forth on what to call them,yashua machite,yaway,yashua,-prob not soelled right,I have been so use to hearing JESUS and GOD,I have wondered if their the appropriate name,seeming how it wouldn't be the first time I've learned what I learned through Christianity was not completely correct..
  • A disciple
    Jesus is the Anglicized rendition of the Greek, Iesu (Yay-su), for the Hebrew, Ieshua (Yeshua); Christ is the Anglicized form of the Greek, Xristos, for the Hebrew, Moshiach, meaning Anointed. You are making a mountain out of a mole hill, a crisis out of a non-point. The Hebrew spelling, Yod He Vav He - (transliterated=Yehovah) indicates, the Eternal, "I AM THAT I AM."
  • Andrew Vandi
    His name is YAHUAH ALAHIM NOT God, His son name is YAHUSHA HA MACHIACH NOT Jesus Christ. I beg of you guys. Do not call him by the name of the Heathens. PLEASE, HE is the the YAHUAH of the Hebrew Israelites, and I am his humble servant. SHALAWAM ISRAEL.
  • April
    Although we shouldn't worship objects as though that's what connects us to GOD he did warn that if these HOLY objects be touch that death be upon them in previous chapters,the LEVITIES carried z TABERNACLE and set it up,it was the inheratence of Aarons family and he and his son after had to cover it and do other things in order to do it appropriately,and these people did not know of these things..
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Our God is awesome and should be respected and worshiped in awe. You cannot afford to "mess up" with where God has His awesome presence- The Ark of the Covenant. This is why I have been taught by my parents to give reference to the Holy Bible- a sacred Book where the Word of God dwells.
  • Merline
    Only one God nd there is not another...
  • Scott
    This is to miss valerie ..Jesus was'nt even born yet...I don't believe the 5 chapter is saying that Jesus is Lord of lords and king of kings.....
  • Jane
    Super Super God! What an awesome story. This passage came alive to me as if we've never heard or read it before. Can you imagine this same ark God took so much time to instruct Moses how to build it and only purified Levites could touch or go near it. The uncircumcised philistine carried it! Interesting what he did to their uncircumcised secret parts. As for Eli and sons, I pray we learn from them

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Bible Trivia

When the Philistines brought the ark of God to Ashdod, where did they put it?
  • In a hole
  • In the house of Dagon
  • In the palace
  • In the forest