New Living Translation

1 Samuel 5

The Ark in Philistia

1After the Philistines captured the Ark of God, they took it from the battleground at Ebenezer to the town of Ashdod. They carried the Ark of God into the temple of Dagon and placed it beside an idol of Dagon. But when the citizens of Ashdod went to see it the next morning, Dagon had fallen with his face to the ground in front of the Ark of the Lord! So they took Dagon and put him in his place again. But the next morning the same thing happened—Dagon had fallen face down before the Ark of the Lord again. This time his head and hands had broken off and were lying in the doorway. Only the trunk of his body was left intact. That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor anyone who enters the temple of Dagon in Ashdod will step on its threshold.

Then the Lord’s heavy hand struck the people of Ashdod and the nearby villages with a plague of tumors.[a] When the people realized what was happening, they cried out, “We can’t keep the Ark of the God of Israel here any longer! He is against us! We will all be destroyed along with Dagon, our god.” So they called together the rulers of the Philistine towns and asked, “What should we do with the Ark of the God of Israel?”

The rulers discussed it and replied, “Move it to the town of Gath.” So they moved the Ark of the God of Israel to Gath. But when the Ark arrived at Gath, the Lord’s heavy hand fell on its men, young and old; he struck them with a plague of tumors, and there was a great panic.

10 So they sent the Ark of God to the town of Ekron, but when the people of Ekron saw it coming they cried out, “They are bringing the Ark of the God of Israel here to kill us, too!” 11 The people summoned the Philistine rulers again and begged them, “Please send the Ark of the God of Israel back to its own country, or it[b] will kill us all.” For the deadly plague from God had already begun, and great fear was sweeping across the town. 12 Those who didn’t die were afflicted with tumors; and the cry from the town rose to heaven.

Notas al pie

  1. 5:6 Greek version and Latin Vulgate read tumors; and rats appeared in their land, and death and destruction were throughout the city.
  2. 5:11 Or he.

Japanese Living Bible

サムエル記Ⅰ 5

11-2 ペリシテ人は奪い取った神の箱を、エベン・エゼルの戦場からアシュドデの町へ移し、偶像ダゴンの宮に運び込みました。 ところが翌朝、人々が見物に来ると、なんということでしょう。ダゴンが神の箱の前で、うつぶせに倒れているではありませんか。人々はあわてて元どおりに安置しました。 ところが、次の日も同じことが起こったのです。ダゴンの像は神の箱の前にうつぶせに倒れ、しかも今度は胴体だけで、頭と両手は切り取られて敷居のあたりに散らばっていました。 そういうわけで、ダゴンの祭司も参拝者も、今日に至るまで、アシュドデにあるダゴンの宮の敷居を踏んだことがありません。

さらに主は、アシュドデと周囲の村々の住民を腫物で打ち始めました。 この出来事に人々は浮足立ちました。「これ以上、イスラエルの神の箱をここに置いてはならない。ダゴンの神もろとも、みんな大変な目に会うぞ。」

ペリシテ人の五つの町の指導者が召集され、イスラエルの神の箱をどうしたものか協議しました。その結果、ガテに移しました。 ところが移せば移したで、今度はガテの町の人々が、老若を問わず、腫物によって打たれたのです。町はパニックに陥りました。 10 そこで人々は、その箱をエクロンに送りました。しかし神の箱を見たエクロンの人々は、「イスラエルの神の箱を持って来たりして、われわれまで殺す気か」と騒ぎだしたのです。 11 そこで人々はもう一度指導者を召集し、町が全滅しないように神の箱をイスラエルに戻してほしいと懇願しました。腫物の災難が広がり、町はどこもかしこも死の恐怖におびえていたからです。 12 いのちが助かった者もひどい腫物に悩まされ、至る所で悲痛な叫びが聞かれました。