1 Fuit ergo arca Domini in regio ne Philisthinorum septem mensi bus;
2 et vocaverunt Philisthim sacerdotes et divinos dicentes: "Quid faciemus de arca Domini? Indicate nobis quomodo remittemus eam in locum suum". Qui dixerunt:
6:3" Si remittitis arcam Dei Israel, nolite dimittere eam vacuam, sed, quod debetis, reddite ei pro peccato, et tunc curabimini; scietis quare non recedat manus eius a vobis".
4 Qui dixerunt: "Quid est quod pro delicto reddere debeamus ei?". Responderuntque illi:
6:5" Iuxta numerum principum Philisthinorum quinque tumores aureos facietis et quinque mures aureos, quia plaga una fuit omnibus vobis et principibus vestris. Facietisque similitudines tumorum vestrorum et similitudines murium, qui demoliti sunt terram, et dabitis Deo Israel gloriam, si forte relevet manum suam a vobis et a diis vestris et a terra vestra.
6 Quare gravatis corda vestra, sicut aggravavit Aegyptus et pharao cor suum? Nonne, postquam percussit eos, tunc dimiserunt eos, et abierunt?
7 Nunc ergo arripite et facite plaustrum novum unum et duas vaccas fetas, quibus non est impositum iugum, iungite in plaustro; et recludite vitulos earum domi.
8 Tolletisque arcam Domini et ponetis in plaustro; et similitudines aureas, quas exsolvistis ei pro delicto, ponetis in capsella ad latus eius et dimittite eam, ut vadat,
9 et aspicietis. Et siquidem per viam finium suorum ascenderit contra Bethsames, ipse fecit nobis hoc malum grande; sin autem minime, sciemus quia nequaquam manus eius tetigit nos, sed casu accidit".
10 Fecerunt ergo illi hoc modo et tollentes duas vaccas, quae lactabant vitulos, iunxerunt ad plaustrum vitulosque earum concluserunt domi;
11 et posuerunt arcam Dei super plaustrum et capsellam, quae habebat mures aureos et similitudines tumorum.
12 Ibant autem in directum vaccae per viam, quae ducit Bethsames, et itinere uno gradiebantur pergentes et mugientes et non declinabant neque ad dextram neque ad sinistram. Sed et principes Philisthim sequebantur usque ad terminos Bethsames.
13 Porro Bethsamitae metebant triticum in valle; et elevantes oculos viderunt arcam et gavisi sunt, cum vidissent.
14 Et plaustrum venit in agrum Iosue Bethsamitae et stetit ibi. Erat autem ibi lapis magnus; et conciderunt ligna plaustri vaccasque imposuerunt super ea holocaustum Domino.
15 Levitae autem deposuerunt arcam Dei et capsellam, quae erat iuxta eam, in qua erant similitudines aureae; et posuerunt super lapidem grandem. Viri autem Bethsamitae obtulerunt holocausta et immolaverunt victimas in die illa Domino.
16 Et quinque principes Philisthinorum viderunt et reversi sunt in Accaron in die illa.
17 Hi sunt autem tumores aurei, quos reddiderunt Philisthim pro delicto Domino: Azotus unum, Gaza unum, Ascalon unum, Geth unum, Accaron unum;
18 et mures aureos secundum numerum urbium Philisthim quinque principum, ab urbe murata usque ad villam, quae erat absque muro; et lapis ille magnus, super quem posuerunt arcam Domini, testis est usque in hunc diem in agro Iosue Bethsamitis.
19 Filii autem Iechoniae non sunt gavisi super viros Bethsamites quia viderant arcam Domini; et percussit Dominus de populo septuaginta viros. Luxitque populus eo quod Dominus percussisset plebem plaga magna;
20 et dixerunt viri Bethsamitae: "Quis poterit stare in conspectu Domini, Dei sancti huius? Et ad quem ascendet a nobis?".
21 Miseruntque nuntios ad habitatores Cariathiarim dicentes: "Reduxerunt Philisthim arcam Domini. Descendite et ducite eam sursum ad vos".
King James Version
1 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months.
2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place.
3 And they said, If ye send away the ark of the God of Israel, send it not empty; but in any wise return him a trespass offering: then ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to you why his hand is not removed from you.
4 Then said they, What shall be the trespass offering which we shall return to him? They answered, Five golden emerods, and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines: for one plague was on you all, and on your lords.
5 Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods, and images of your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give glory unto the God of Israel: peradventure he will lighten his hand from off you, and from off your gods, and from off your land.
6 Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed?
7 Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch kine, on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart, and bring their calves home from them:
8 And take the ark of the LORD, and lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels of gold, which ye return him for a trespass offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it away, that it may go.
9 And see, if it goeth up by the way of his own coast to Beth-shemesh, then he hath done us this great evil: but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that smote us: it was a chance that happened to us.
10 ¶ And the men did so; and took two milch kine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home:
11 And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods.
12 And the kine took the straight way to the way of Beth-shemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of Beth-shemesh.
13 And they of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley: and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it.
14 And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Beth-shemite, and stood there, where there was a great stone: and they clave the wood of the cart, and offered the kine a burnt offering unto the LORD.
15 And the Levites took down the ark of the LORD, and the coffer that was with it, wherein the jewels of gold were, and put them on the great stone: and the men of Beth-shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the same day unto the LORD.
16 And when the five lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same day.
17 And these are the golden emerods which the Philistines returned for a trespass offering unto the LORD; for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron one;
18 And the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both of fenced cities, and of country villages, even unto the great stone of Abel, whereon they set down the ark of the LORD: which stone remaineth unto this day in the field of Joshua, the Beth-shemite.
19 ¶ And he smote the men of Beth-shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.
20 And the men of Beth-shemesh said, Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? and to whom shall he go up from us?
21 ¶ And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the ark of the LORD; come ye down, and fetch it up to you.