1 Samuel 5 – NKJV

Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon[a] and set it by Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and set it in its place again. And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso[b] was left of it. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor any who come into Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.

But the hand of the Lord was heavy on the people of Ashdod, and He ravaged them and struck them with tumors,[c] both Ashdod and its territory. And when the men of Ashdod saw how it was, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is harsh toward us and Dagon our god.” Therefore they sent and gathered to themselves all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?”

And they answered, “Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried away to Gath.” So they carried the ark of the God of Israel away. So it was, after they had carried it away, that the hand of the Lord was against the city with a very great destruction; and He struck the men of the city, both small and great, and tumors broke out on them.

10 Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. So it was, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, “They have brought the ark of the God of Israel to us, to kill us and our people!” 11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go back to its own place, so that it does not kill us and our people.” For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there. 12 And the men who did not die were stricken with the tumors, and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

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2 Responses to 1 Samuel 5 – NKJV

  1. Dan Chapman says:

    Tami’s note yesterday about regarding God’s glory applies here. The Philistines highly regarded the awesome power of the Lord. Lord God, if pagans can give glory and honor to You my God, what am I doing to honor You? I want to bring You glory.

  2. tami mcbryde says:

    The Philistines took the ark of God from Ebenezer (a.k.a. God is my help) to cohabit with their god. I can’t imagine that even dagon (the dumb piece of craftmanship) would have thought this was a good idea.

    Lord God, please keep me close to the place of Your divine help….let me not leave Your provision of succor and remedy. Hole Spirit, keep me from trying to separate You from Your blessing, power and holiness. You are my Help and my Comfort. I pray that Your Presence would be as obvious on me as it was on the Philistines … and I thank You that You have made me a rightful bearer of Your Name. May I bring You glory in the gift You have graciously bestowed on me.

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