Bible: 1 Samuel 4-6
4:1 Samuel revealed the word of the
The Ark of the Covenant is Lost to the Philistines
Then the Israelites went out to fight the Philistines. 2 They camped at Ebenezer, 3 and the Philistines camped at Aphek. 4:2 The Philistines arranged their forces to fight 4 Israel. As the battle spread out, 5 Israel was defeated by 6 the Philistines, who 7 killed about four thousand men in the battle line in the field.
4:3 When the army 8 came back to the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why did the
4:4 So the army 11 sent to Shiloh, and they took from there the ark of the covenant of the
4:6 When the Philistines heard the sound of the shout, they said, “What is this loud shout in the camp of the Hebrews?” Then they realized that the ark of the
4:10 So the Philistines fought. Israel was defeated; they all ran home. 15 The slaughter was very great; thirty thousand foot soldiers fell in battle. 4:11 The ark of God was taken, and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phineas, were killed.
4:12 On that day 16 a Benjaminite ran from the battle lines and came to Shiloh. His clothes were torn and dirt was on his head. 4:13 When he arrived in Shiloh, Eli was sitting in his chair watching by the side of 17 the road, for he was very worried 18 about the ark of God. As the man entered the city to give his report, 19 the whole city cried out.
4:14 When Eli heard the outcry, 20 he said, “What is this commotion?” 21 The man quickly came and told Eli. 4:15 Now Eli was ninety-eight years old and his eyes looked straight ahead; 22 he was unable to see.
4:16 The man said to Eli, “I am the one who came from the battle lines! Just today I fled from the battle lines!” Eli 23 asked, “How did things go, my son?” 4:17 The messenger replied, “Israel has fled from 24 the Philistines! The army has suffered a great defeat! Your two sons, Hophni and Phineas, are dead! The ark of God has been captured!”
4:19 His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phineas, was pregnant and close to giving birth. When she heard that the ark of God was captured and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she doubled over and gave birth. But her labor pains were too much for her. 4:20 As she was dying, the women who were there with her said, “Don’t be afraid! You have given birth to a son!” But she did not reply or pay any attention. 27
4:21 She named the boy Ichabod, 28 saying, “The glory has departed from Israel,” referring to the capture of the ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband. 4:22 She said, “The glory has departed from Israel, because the ark of God has been captured.”
The Ark Causes Trouble for the Philistines
5:1 Now the Philistines had captured the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. 5:2 The Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the temple of Dagon, where they positioned it beside Dagon. 5:3 When the residents of Ashdod got up early the next day, 29 Dagon was lying on the ground before the ark of the
5:8 So they assembled 36 all the leaders of the Philistines and asked, “What should we do with the ark of the God of Israel?” They replied, “The ark of the God of Israel should be moved to Gath.” So they moved the ark of the God of Israel.
5:9 But after it had been moved the
But when the ark of God arrived at Ekron, the residents of Ekron cried out saying, “They have brought the ark of the God of Israel here 40 to kill our 41 people!” 5:11 So they assembled 42 all the leaders of the Philistines and said, “Get the ark of the God of Israel out of here! Let it go back to its own place so that it won’t kill us 43 and our 44 people!” The terror 45 of death was throughout the entire city; God was attacking them very severely there. 46 5:12 The people 47 who did not die were struck with sores; the city’s cry for help went all the way up to heaven.
The Philistines Return the Ark
6:1 When the ark of the
6:3 They replied, “If you are going to send the ark of 50 the God of Israel back, don’t send it away empty. Be sure to return it with a guilt offering. Then you will be healed, and you will understand why his hand is not removed from you.” 6:4 They inquired, “What is the guilt offering that we should send to him?”
They replied, “The Philistine leaders number five. So send five gold sores and five gold mice, for it is the same plague that has afflicted both you and your leaders. 6:5 You should make images of the sores and images of the mice 51 that are destroying the land. You should honor the God of Israel. Perhaps he will release his grip on you, your gods, and your land. 52 6:6 Why harden your hearts like the Egyptians and Pharaoh did? 53 When God 54 treated them harshly, didn’t the Egyptians send the Israelites on their way? 55 6:7 So now go and make a new cart. Get two cows that have calves and that have never had a yoke placed on them. Harness the cows to the cart and take their calves from them back to their stalls. 6:8 Then take the ark of the
6:10 So the men did as instructed. 56 They took two cows that had calves and harnessed them to a cart; they also removed their calves to their stalls. 6:11 They put the ark of the
6:13 Now the residents of Beth Shemesh were harvesting wheat in the valley. When they looked up and saw the ark, they were pleased at the sight. 6:14 The cart was coming to the field of Joshua, who was from Beth Shemesh. It paused there near a big stone. Then they cut up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the
6:17 These are the gold sores that the Philistines brought as a guilt offering to the
6:19 But the
6:21 So they sent messengers to the residents of Kiriath Jearim, saying, “The Philistines have returned the ark of the