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the side of the Gate, and his Neck brake, and he died : for he was an old Man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty Years.

19 And his Daughter-in-law Phinehas's Wife was with Child near to be delivered : and when she heard the Tidings that the Ark of God was taken, and that her Father-inlaw, and her Husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed ; for her Pains came upon her.

20 And about the Time of her Death, the Women that stood by her, said unto her, Fear not, for thou hast born a Son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it.

21. And she named the Child I-chabod, saying, The GLORY IS DEPARTED from ISRAEL : (because the Ark of God was taken, and because of her Father-in-law and her Husband)

22 And she said, The GLORY IS DEPARted from ISRAEL : for the Ark of God is taken.

CH A P. V. i The Philistines bring the Ark into the House of Dagon. 3 Da

gon falleth down. 6, 9, 12 They are smitten with Emerods. Ver. 1 AND the Philistines took the Ark of God, and

n brought it from Eben-ezer unto Aldod. 2 When the Philistines took the Ark of God, they brought it into the House of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.'

3 ? And when they of Alh- Plal. xcvi. s All the Gods of the dod arose early on the Mor- Nations are IDOLS : but the LORD row, behold, Dagon was fal- made the HEAVENS.

* Psal. xcvii. 7 CONFOUNDED be all len upon his Face to the ih

" they that SERVE graven IMAGES, that Earth, before the Ark of the BOAŚt themselves of IDOLS : WORSHIP LORD: and they took Da- him all ye Gods..

8 Zion heard, and was glad, and gon, and set him in his Place the

his place the Daughters of Judah rejoyced; again.

because of thy JUDGMENTS, O LORD 4. And the Head of Da 9 For thou, LORD, art high, above

call the EARTH : thou art EXALTED far gon, and both the Palms of his Hands were cut off upon Psal. Ixvi. 1 Make a joyful Noise the Threshold, only the Stump unto God, all ye Lands.

2 Sing forth the Honour of his of Dagon was left to him. Name : make his Praise glorious.

5 Therefore neither the 3 Say unto God, HOW TERRIBLE Priests of Dagon, nor any

ny art thou in thy WORKS? through the

Y GREATNESS of ihy POWER, shall chine that come intoDagon's House, ENEMIES submit themselves unto tread on the Threshold of Da- thec.

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o them them, The Gods that have not MADE

the HEAVENS and the Earth, even they of Ashdod, and he destroyed Pall PERISH from the Earth, and them, and smote them with from under these HEAVENS. Emerods, even Ashdod and the Coasts thereof.

7 And when the Men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, the Ark of the God of ISRAEL shall not abide with us : for his Hand is fore upon us, and upon Dagon our God.

8 They sent therefore, and gathered all the Lords of the Philistines unto them, 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 about unto Gath. And they carried the Ark of the God of Israel about thither.

9 w And it was so, that ." Psal. 1xxviii. 66 And he smote after they had carried it about his Enemies in the hinder Parts : he

> put them to a perpetual Reproach. the Hand of the LORD was against the City with a very great Destruction : and he smote the Men of the City both small and great, and they had Emerods in their secret Parts.

10 Therefore they sent the Ark of God to Ekron : and it came to pass as the Ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the Ark of the God of ISRAEL to us, to say us and our People.

i 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 again to his own Place, that it say us not, 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 that died not, were smitten with the Emerods : and the Cry of the City went up to Heaven.

CH A P. VI.

1 The Philistines consult how to send back the Ark. 10 They

bring it on a Cart to Beth-shemesh. 19 The People smitten.

Per, 1 AND the Ark of the Lord was in the Country of

A the Philistines seven Months. 2 And the Philistines called for the Priests and the Divi

ners,

ners, saying, What shall we do to the Ark of the LORD? tell us wherewith we shall send it to his Place.

3 And they said, If you fend away the Ark of the God of Israel, send it not empty ; but in any wise return him a Trespass-offering : then ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to you, why his Hand is not removed from you.

4 Then said they, What shall be the Trespass-offering which we shall return to him? They answered, Five golden Emerods, and five golden Mice, according to the Number of the Lords of the Philistines : for one Plague was on you all, and on your Lords.

5 Wherefore ye shall make Images of your Emerods, and Images of your Mice that mar the Land, and ye shall give glory unto the God of Israel : peradventure he will lighten his Hand from off you, and from off your Gods, and from off your Land.

6 Wherefore then do ye HARDEN your HEARTS, as the EGYPTIANS and PHARAOH HARDNED their HEARTS? when he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the People go, and they departed ?

7 Now therefore make a new Cart, and take two Milchkine on which there hath come no Yoke, and tie the Kine to the Cart, and bring their Calves home from them.

8 And take the Ark of the Lord, and lay it upon the Cart, and put the Jewels of Gold which ye return him for a Trespass-offering, in a Coffer by the side thereof, and send it away, that it may go.

9 And see, if it goeth up by the way of his own Coast to Beth-shemesh, then he hath done us this great Evil: but if not, then we shall know that it is not his Hand that {mote us ; it was a Chance that happened to us.

10 And the Men did so.

12 And the Kine took the straight Way to the Way of Beth-shemesh, and went along the Highway, lowing as they went; and the Lords of the Philistines went after them unto the Border of Beth-shemesh.

13 And they of Beth-fhemesh were reaping their Wheatharvest in the Valley: and they. lifted up ther Eyes, and saw the Ark, and rejoyced to see it.

14 And the Cart came into the field of Joshua a BethThemite, and stood there, where there was a great Stone : and they clave the Wood of the Cart, and offered the Kine a Burnt-offering unto the LORD.

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15 And the Levites took down the Ark of the LORD, and the Coffer that was with it, wherein the Jewels of Gold were, and put them on the great Stone : and the Men of Beth-shemesh offered Burnt-offerings, and sacrificed Sacrifices the fame Day unto the LORD.

16 And when the five Lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same Day.

17 And these are the golden Emerods which the Philiftines returned for a Trespass-offering unto the LORD ; for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron one.

18 And the golden Mice, according to the Number of all the Cities of the Philistines belonging to the five Lords, both of fenced Cities, and of Country Villages, even unto the great Stone of Abel, whereon they set down the Ark of the LORD : which Stone remaineth unto this Day, in the Field of Joshua the Beth-shemite.

19 And he smote the Men of Beth-shemesh, because they looked into the Ark of the LORD, even he fmote of the People fifty thousand and threescore and ten Men: and the People lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the People with a great Slaughter.

20 And the Men of Beth-shemesh said, Who is able to stand before this HOLY LORD God? and to whom shall he go up from us?

21 And they sent Meslengers to the Inhabitants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the Ark of the LORD; come ye down, and fetch it up to you.

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CHA P. VII.

3 The Ifraelites, by Samuel's Means, folemnly repent at Miz

peh. 9 Samuel praying, 13 the Philistines are discomfited.

Ver. 15 AND Samuel judged Israel all the Days of his

H Life. 16 And he went from Year to Year in Circuit to Beth-el, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those Places.

17 And his Return was to Ramah; for there was his House : and there he j?idged Ifrael, and there he built an Altar unto the LORD. .

C H AP.

C HA P. VIII. i By the Occasion of the ill Government of Samuel's Sons, the

Ifraelites ask a King. 10 The Manner of a King.

Ver. 1 AND it came to pass when Samuel was old, that

a he made his Sons Judges over Israel. 2 Now the Name of his First-born was Joel, and the Name of his second, Abiah : they were Judges in Beerheba.

3 And his Sons walked not in his Ways, but TURNED aside after Lucre, and took Bribes, and PERVERTED JUDGMENT.

4 Then all the Elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,

5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy Sons walk not in thy Ways : now make us a King to judge us like all the Nations.

6 But the Thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a King to judge us : and Samuel prayed unto the LORD.

7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the Voice of the People in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not ReiGN OVER THEM.

8 According to all the Works which they have done fince the Day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even unto this Day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other Gods : so do they also unto thee.

9 Now therefore hearken unto their Voice: howbeit, yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the Manner of the King that shall reign over them. · 10 And Samuel told all the Words of the LORD unto the People, that asked of him a King.

ii And he said, This will be the Manner of the King that shall reign over you : He will take your Sons, and appoint them for himself, for his Chariots, and to be his Horsemen, and some shall Run before his Chariots.

12 And he will appoint him CAPTAINS over Thousands, and Captains over Fifties, and will set of them to ear his Ground, and to reap his Harvest, and to make his Instru. ments of War, and Instruments of his Chariots.

Horsemen; he will apifties, and

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