1 Samuel 5 ©
The Philistines bring the ark into the house of Dagon at Ashdod. Dagon is cast down and broken in pieces before the ark. The men of Ashdod are smitten with emerods. The ark being carried to Gath, the men of Gath are smitten with the like plague; as also the men of Ekron, when the ark is brought thither.
And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and gthe head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only 1the stump of Dagon was left to him.
They sent therefore and gathered all the nlords of the Philistines unto them, and said, oWhat 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 pGath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither.
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 slay 3us not, and our people: for there was a tdeadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.