After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.
Then they carried the ark into Dagon's temple and set it beside Dagon.
When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the LORD! They took Dagon and put him back in his place.
But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the LORD! His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained.
That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor any others who enter Dagon's temple at Ashdod step on the threshold.
The LORD'S hand was heavy upon the people of Ashdod and its vicinity; he brought devastation upon them and afflicted them with tumors.
When the men of Ashdod saw what was happening, they said, "The ark of the god of Israel must not stay here with us, because his hand is heavy upon us and upon Dagon our god."
就打發人去請非利士的眾首領來聚集、問他們說、我們向以色列 神的約櫃應當怎樣行呢．他們回答說、可以將以色列 神的約櫃運到迦特去．於是將以色列 神的約櫃運到那裡去。
So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and asked them, "What shall we do with the ark of the god of Israel?" They answered, "Have the ark of the god of Israel moved to Gath." So they moved the ark of the God of Israel.
But after they had moved it, the LORD'S hand was against that city, throwing it into a great panic. He afflicted the people of the city, both young and old, with an outbreak of tumors.
他們就把 神的約櫃送到以革倫． 神的約櫃到了、以革倫人就喊嚷起來說、他們將以色列 神的約櫃運到我們這裡、要害我們和我們的眾民。
So they sent the ark of God to Ekron. As the ark of God was entering Ekron, the people of Ekron cried out, "They have brought the ark of the god of Israel around to us to kill us and our people."
於是打發人去請非利士的眾首領來、說、願你們將以色列 神的約櫃送回原處、免得害了我們和我們的眾民．原來 神的手重重攻擊那城、城中的人有因驚慌而死的。
So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and said, "Send the ark of the god of Israel away; let it go back to its own place, or it will kill us and our people." For death had filled the city with panic; God's hand was very heavy upon it.
Those who did not die were afflicted with tumors, and the outcry of the city went up to heaven.