The Mystery of God's Power - 1st Samuel 6

1 Samuel 6:1 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the  Philistines seven months. 

1 Samuel 6:2 And the Philistines called  for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to  the ark of the LORD? tell us wherewith we shall send it to  his place. 

1 Samuel 6:3 And they said, If ye send 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.  

1 Samuel 6:4 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. 

1 Samuel 6:5 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. 

1 Samuel 6:6 Wherefore then do ye  harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened  their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully among  them, did they not let the people go, and they departed?  

1 Samuel 6:7 Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch  kine, on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to  the cart, and bring their calves home from them: 

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1 Samuel 6:8 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. 

1 Samuel 6:9 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 smote us; it was a chance that happened to us.  

1 Samuel 6:10 And the men did so; and took two milch kine, and  tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home:  

1 Samuel 6:11 And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart,  and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their  emerods. 

1 Samuel 6:12 And the kine took the straight way to the  way of Beth-shemesh, and went along the highway,  lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand  or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after    

1 Samuel Page 162   them unto the border of Beth-shemesh. 

1 Samuel 6:13 And they  of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the  valley: and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, and  rejoiced to see it. 

1 Samuel 6:14 And the cart came into the field  of Joshua, a Beth-shemite, 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. 

1 Samuel 6:15  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 Bethshemesh  offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the  same day unto the LORD. 

1 Samuel 6:16 And when the five lords  of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the  same day. 

1 Samuel 6:17 And these are the golden emerods which  the Philistines returned for a trespass offering unto the  LORD; for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for  Gath one, for Ekron one; 

1 Samuel 6:18 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 Bethshemite.    

1 Samuel 6:19 And he smote the men of Beth-shemesh, because  they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote 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. 

1 Samuel 6:20 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?  

1 Samuel 6:21 And they sent messengers 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.