1 Samuel 6
After seven months the Philistines take counsel how to send back the Ark.
1 Samuel 6:1 The arcke of the Lord was in the countrey of the Philistines seuen monethes: 1 Samuel 6:2 and the Philistynes called for the prestes & þe soth sayers, sayinge: what shall we do wyth the arcke of the Lorde? tell vs, where with we shall sende it home agayne? 1 Samuel 6:3 They sayde: Yf you sende the arcke of the God of Israel home agayne, sende it not emptye. But rewarde it wt a trespasse offerynge: and then ye shalbe whole, and it shalbe knowen to you, why hys hande departeth not from you. 1 Samuel 6:4 Then sayde they: And what shalbe the trespasse offeringe, whych we shall rewarde hym wt? They answered: fyue golden arsses and .v. golden myce, according to the nombre of the lordes of the Philistines. For it is one maner of plage on you all, & on your lordes. 1 Samuel 6:5 Wherfore ye shal make ymages like to your arsses, and ymages lyke to your myce þt corrupt the lande, and ye shall geue glory vnto the God of Israel: that he maye take his hand from of you, and from of your goddes, and from of youre lande. 1 Samuel 6:6 Wherfore do ye harden your hertes as þe Egipcians and Pharao hardened their hertes? which when he toke on agaynst them, dyd they not let the people go, & they departed? 1 Samuel 6:7 Now therfore, make a newe carte, and take two melche kyne: on whose necke there hath come no yock. And tye the kyne to the carte, and bring the calues home from them. 1 Samuel 6:8 And take the arck of the Lord, and laye it vpon the carte, and put the iewels of golde (which ye rewarde him with for a synoffering) in a cofre by the side therof: and send it awaye, þt it maye go. 1 Samuel 6:9 And yf ye se þt he go vp by þe waye of his awne coaste to Bethsames: then it is he þt dyd vs this great euyll. Yf no, we shall knowe then, that it is not his hande þt smote vs: but it was a chaunce that happened vs.
They bring it on a new cart with an offering unto Beth-shemesh.
1 Samuel 6:10 And the men dyd euen so: and toke two kyne that gaue mylke, and tyed them to the carte, and kept the calues at home, 1 Samuel 6:11 and they layde the arck of the Lorde vpon the carte and the cofer wt the myce of gold, and wt the ymages of their arsses. 1 Samuel 6:12 And the kyne toke þe streyght waye to Bethsames, & went on þe streyght waye: & as they went, lowed, & turned nether to the right hande ner to the left. And the lordes of the Philistines went after them, vntyll the borders of Bethsames. 1 Samuel 6:13 And they of Bethsames were reapynge their wheate heruest in the valey. And they lift vp their eyes, and spied the arck. And reioysed when they sawe it. 1 Samuel 6:14 And the carte came into the felde of one Iehosua a Bethsamite, and stode still there. There was also a great stone. And they claue the wod of the carte & offred the kyne a burntoffring vnto þe Lord. 1 Samuel 6:15 And the Leuites toke downe the arck of the Lorde & the coffer that was with it, wherin the iewels of golde were: and put them on the great stone. And the men of Bethsames sacrificed burntsacrifice, and offered offeringes þt same daye vnto the Lorde. 1 Samuel 6:16 And when the fyue lordes of the Philistines had sene it, they returned to Akaron the same daye. 1 Samuel 6:17 And these are the golden arsses which the Philistines gaue to amendes for a trespace offring, to the Lorde: for Asdod one: for Gaza one: for Askalon one: for Gath one: and for Akaron one. 1 Samuel 6:18 And golden myce, accordyng to the nombre of all the cityes of the Philistines, euen accordynge to the fyue lordes, both of walled townes and of townes vnwalled: euen vnto the greate stone of lamentacyon, wheron they set downe the arcke of the Lord: which stone remaineth vnto this daye in the felde of Iehosua the Bethsamite.
The people are smitten for looking into the Ark.
1 Samuel 6:19 And he plaged the men of Bethsames, because they had sene the arcke of the Lorde. And he slue amonge the people fiftye thousande and thre score and ten men. And the other people lamented, because the Lorde had slayne the people with so great a slaughter. 1 Samuel 6:20 Wherfore the men of Bethsames sayde: who is able to stande before the Lord so holy a God: and to whom shall he go from vs?
They send to them of Kirjath-Jearim to fetch it.
1 Samuel 6:21 And they sent messengers to the enhabiters of Kariath Iarim, saying: The Philistines haue brought agayne the arke of the Lorde: come ye downe therfore, and fet it vp to you.