New American Standard Bible

1 Samuel 5

Capture of the Ark Provokes God

1Now the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and set him in his place again. But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on 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 on the threshold; [a]only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor all who enter Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.

Now the hand of the Lord was heavy on the Ashdodites, and He ravaged them and smote them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territories. When the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is severe on us and on Dagon our god.” So they sent and gathered all the lords of the Philistines to them and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?” And they said, “Let the ark of the God of Israel be brought around to Gath.” And they brought the ark of the God of Israel around. After they had brought it around, the hand of the Lord was against the city with very great confusion; and He smote the men of the city, both young and old, so that tumors broke out on them. 10 So they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And as the ark of God came to Ekron the Ekronites cried out, saying, “They have brought the ark of the God of Israel around to [b]us, to kill [c]us and [d]our people.” 11 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines and said, “Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it return to its own place, so that it will not kill [e]us and [f]our people.” For there was a deadly confusion throughout the city; the hand of God was very heavy there. 12 And the men who did not die were smitten with tumors and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

Notas al pie

  1. 1 Samuel 5:4 So with ancient versions; Heb only Dagon
  2. 1 Samuel 5:10 Lit me
  3. 1 Samuel 5:10 Lit me
  4. 1 Samuel 5:10 Lit my
  5. 1 Samuel 5:11 Lit me
  6. 1 Samuel 5:11 Lit my

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1 Samuel 5

Arken hos filistrene

1Imidlertid bragte filistrene Guds Ark fra slagmarken ved Eben-Ezer til byen Ashdod og ind i deres afgudstempel, hvor den blev stillet ved siden af statuen af deres afgud, som hed Dagon. Næste morgen kom byens indbyggere til templet for at se arken. Men dér lå Dagon næsegrus på jorden foran Guds Ark. De skyndte sig at stille ham på plads igen, men næste morgen lå Dagon igen næsegrus på jorden foran Guds Ark. Hovedet og hænderne var tilmed brækket af og lå på dørtærskelen, kun kroppen var tilbage. (Det er grunden til, at Dagons præster og de, som dyrker ham, den dag i dag undgår at træde på dørtærsklen til Dagons tempel i Ashdod.)

Herrens straf kom over indbyggerne i Ashdod. Han sendte en frygtelig plage over dem, så der udbrød en epidemi af bylder både i Ashdod og i de omliggende landsbyer. Da folk blev klar over sammenhængen, udbrød de: „Vi vil ikke have Israels Guds Ark her i byen længere. Han er imod os og vil gøre det af med både os og vores gud, Dagon.” Så sammenkaldte de filisterbyernes fem konger til rådslagning. „Hvad skal vi gøre ved Israels Guds Ark?” spurgte de. „Lad os flytte den til Gat,” var der nogen der foreslog.

Men da arken ankom til Gat, sendte Herren den samme plage over indbyggerne der. Både unge og gamle fik bylder, og de blev grebet af rædsel. 10 Derfor sendte de arken videre til Ekron.

Da indbyggerne i Ekron så arken komme, protesterede de: „Nu bringer de Israels Guds Ark til os for at slå os ihjel!” 11 Byens ledere sendte straks bud til filisterkongerne og bad dem om at sørge for at få arken sendt tilbage til israelitterne, for ellers ville de alle blive udryddet. Byldeplagen var allerede begyndt i Ekron, og indbyggerne var rædselsslagne. 12 Nogle døde, mens resten blev dækket af bylder, og deres klageråb lød overalt.