Bible: 1 Samuel 6:1-5

The Philistines Return the Ark

6:1 When the ark of the Lord had been in the land 1  of the Philistines for seven months, 2  6:2 the Philistines called the priests and the omen readers, saying, “What should we do with the ark of the Lord? Advise us as to how we should send it back to its place.”

6:3 They replied, “If you are going to send the ark of 3  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 4  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. 5 

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