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。

The Message

1 Samuel 5

Threatened with Mass Death

11-2 Once the Philistines had seized the Chest of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod, brought it into the shrine of Dagon, and placed it alongside the idol of Dagon.

3-5 Next morning when the citizens of Ashdod got up, they were shocked to find Dagon toppled from his place, flat on his face before the Chest of God. They picked him up and put him back where he belonged. First thing the next morning they found him again, toppled and flat on his face before the Chest of God. Dagon’s head and arms were broken off, strewn across the entrance. Only his torso was in one piece. (That’s why even today, the priests of Dagon and visitors to the Dagon shrine in Ashdod avoid stepping on the threshold.)

God was hard on the citizens of Ashdod. He devastated them by hitting them with tumors. This happened in both the town and the surrounding neighborhoods. He let loose rats among them. Jumping from ships there, rats swarmed all over the city! And everyone was deathly afraid.

7-8 When the leaders of Ashdod saw what was going on, they decided, “The chest of the god of Israel has got to go. We can’t handle this, and neither can our god Dagon.” They called together all the Philistine leaders and put it to them: “How can we get rid of the chest of the god of Israel?”

The leaders agreed: “Move it to Gath.” So they moved the Chest of the God of Israel to Gath.

But as soon as they moved it there, God came down hard on that city, too. It was mass hysteria! He hit them with tumors. Tumors broke out on everyone in town, young and old.

10-12 So they sent the Chest of God on to Ekron, but as the Chest was being brought into town, the people shouted in protest, “You’ll kill us all by bringing in this Chest of the God of Israel!” They called the Philistine leaders together and demanded, “Get it out of here, this Chest of the God of Israel. Send it back where it came from. We’re threatened with mass death!” For everyone was scared to death when the Chest of God showed up. God was already coming down very hard on the place. Those who didn’t die were hit with tumors. All over the city cries of pain and lament filled the air.