1 Samuel 5:1
New International Version
After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

New Living Translation
After the Philistines captured the Ark of God, they took it from the battleground at Ebenezer to the town of Ashdod.

English Standard Version
When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

Berean Study Bible
After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod,

New American Standard Bible
Now the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

King James Bible
And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod.

Christian Standard Bible
After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod,

Contemporary English Version
The Philistines took the sacred chest from near Ebenezer to the town of Ashdod.

Good News Translation
After the Philistines captured the Covenant Box, they carried it from Ebenezer to their city of Ashdod,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod,

International Standard Version
The Philistines took the Ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

NET Bible
Now the Philistines had captured the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

New Heart English Bible
Now the Philistines had taken the ark of God, and they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now the Philistines had taken the ark of God, and they brought it from Eben-ezer unto Ashdod.

New American Standard 1977
Now the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod.

King James 2000 Bible
And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod.

American King James Version
And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

American Standard Version
Now the Philistines had taken the ark of God, and they brought it from Eben-ezer unto Ashdod.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Abenezer to Azotus.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Philistines took the ark of God, and carried it from the Stone of help into Azotus.

Darby Bible Translation
And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Eben-ezer to Ashdod.

English Revised Version
Now the Philistines had taken the ark of God, and they brought it from Eben-ezer unto Ashdod.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Eben-ezer to Ashdod.

World English Bible
Now the Philistines had taken the ark of God, and they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

Young's Literal Translation
And the Philistines have taken the ark of God, and bring it in from Eben-Ezer to Ashdod,
Study Bible
The Ark Afflicts the Philistines
1After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod, 2carried it into the temple of Dagon, and set it beside his statue.…
Cross References
Acts 8:40
But Philip appeared at Azotus and traveled through that region, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Joshua 11:22
No Anakim were left in the land of the Israelites; only in Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod did any survive.

Joshua 13:3
from the Shihor east of Egypt to the territory of Ekron on the north (considered to be Canaanite territory)--that of the five Philistine rulers of Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron, as well as the Avvites;

1 Samuel 4:1
Thus the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now the Israelites went out to meet the Philistines in battle and camped at Ebenezer, while the Philistines camped at Aphek.

1 Samuel 4:22
"The glory has departed from Israel," she said, "for the ark of God has been captured."

1 Samuel 7:12
Afterward, Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the LORD has helped us."

Isaiah 20:1
Before the year that the chief commander, sent by Sargon king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and attacked and captured it,

Amos 3:9
Proclaim to the citadels of Ashdod as well as the citadels of Egypt: 'Assemble on the mountains of Samaria; see the great unrest in the city and the acts of oppression in her midst.

Treasury of Scripture

And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

took

1 Samuel 4:11,17,18,22
And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain…

Psalm 78:61
And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand.

Eben-ezer

1 Samuel 4:1
And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek.

1 Samuel 7:12
Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.

Joshua 11:22
There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained.

Acts 8:40
But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

Azotus







Lexicon
After the Philistines
וּפְלִשְׁתִּים֙ (ū·p̄ə·liš·tîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6430: Philistines -- inhabitants of Philistia

had captured
לָֽקְח֔וּ (lā·qə·ḥū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

the ark
אֲר֣וֹן (’ă·rō·wn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 727: A chest, ark

of God,
הָאֱלֹהִ֑ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

they took it
וַיְבִאֻ֛הוּ (way·ḇi·’u·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

from
מֵאֶ֥בֶן (mê·’e·ḇen)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew

Ebenezer
הָעֵ֖זֶר (hā·‘ê·zer)
Preposition | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 72: Ebenezer -- 'stone of the help', a place of uncertain location, also a commemorative stone

to Ashdod,
אַשְׁדּֽוֹדָה׃ (’aš·dō·w·ḏāh)
Noun - proper - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 795: Ashdod -- a city of the Philistines
(1) The Philistines took the ark of God.--The sacred writer concerns himself after the battle of Aphek only with the future of the Ark of the Covenant, and says nothing of the fate of Shiloh after the rout of the Israelites and the death of the high priest. We can, however, from Psalm 78:60-64, and two passages in Jeremiah (Jeremiah 7:12; Jeremiah 26:9), complete the story of the sanctuary city after the death of Eli. After the victory of Aphek, the Philistines, flushed with success, probably at once marched on Shiloh, where, from the words of the above quoted Psalm, they seem to have revenged themselves for past injuries by a terrible massacre, and then to have razed the sacred buildings of the city to the ground. The awful fate of the priestly city seems to have become a proverb in Israel. "This house shall be like Shiloh," wrote Jeremiah, hundreds of years later, and "this city shall be desolate, without inhabitant." Yet, in spite of this crushing blow, the national life of the Hebrew people was by no means exterminated; we shall soon hear of its revival under happier auspices. There were others in Israel like Samuel, who, as we have seen, with all their hearts trusted in that Lord who, "when Israel was a child, then He loved him;" others like that weak but still righteous judge Eli, who for one great weakness had paid so awful a penalty; many others, like the wife of Phinehas, the wicked priest, and Elkanah and Hannah, the pious father and mother of Samuel, who dwelt in "Ramah of the Watchers."

Verse 1. - The Philistines took the ark of God. The silence of Scripture is often as remarkable as what it tells us. From Psalm 78:60-64; Jeremiah 7:12; Jeremiah 26:9, we gather that from Aphek the Philistines marched upon Shiloh, and having captured it, put all whom they found there to the sword, and levelled the buildings to the ground. Especially their wrath fell upon the priests, in revenge for the bringing of the ark to the camp, by which the war was made a religious one, and the worst feelings of fanaticism aroused. Of all this the history says nothing, nor of the measures taken by Samuel under these trying circumstances. From his previous eminence, the government would naturally devolve upon him, especially as Eli's sons were both slain; and evidently he must have managed in some way to save the sacred vessels of the sanctuary, and the numerous records of the past history of the nation laid up at Shiloh. Whatever learning there was in Israel had its seat there; it was probably the only school wherein men were initiated in the knowledge brought out of Egypt; and it is one of the worst and most barbarous results of war that it destroys so much connected with human progress and civilisation, overthrowing with its violent hand as well the means of a nation's culture as the results thereof. Samuel evidently did all that was possible to counteract these evils; and as the Philistine army withdrew into its own country immediately after the destruction of Shiloh, probably to carry homo the rich spoils obtained there, he was apparently able to ward off the worst effects of the Philistine invasion, and by rapidly reorganising the government to save the people from utter demoralisation. But upon all this Scripture is silent, because it concerns the history of Israel on its temporal side, and not as it exemplifies God's spiritual dealings with nations and men. From Eben-ezer (see on 1 Samuel 4:1) unto Ashdod. This town, the Azotus of Acts 8:40, was with Ekron and other Philistine cities, assigned to the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:47) but never actually conquered. It lay near the sea, about thirty-two miles north of Gaza, and is now an unimportant village, still bearing the name of Esdud. Of the five Philistine capitals Ashdod and Gaza were of the most importance, as being the keys of Egypt, and the former was also enriched by the sale of the produce of Arabia, of which it was the emporium. 5:1-5 See the ark's triumph over Dagon. Thus the kingdom of Satan will certainly fall before the kingdom of Christ, error before truth, profaneness before godliness, and corruption before grace in the hearts of the faithful. When the interests of religion seem to be ready to sink, even then we may be confident that the day of their triumph will come. When Christ, the true Ark of the covenant, really enters the heart of fallen man, which is indeed Satan's temple, all idols will fall, every endeavour to set them up again will be vain, sin will be forsaken, and unrighteous gain restored; the Lord will claim and possess the throne. But pride, self-love, and worldly lusts, though dethroned and crucified, still remain within us, like the stump of Dagon. Let us watch and pray that they may not prevail. Let us seek to have them more entirely destroyed.
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