1 Samuel 5:2
New International Version
Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon.

New Living Translation
They carried the Ark of God into the temple of Dagon and placed it beside an idol of Dagon.

English Standard Version
Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon.

Berean Study Bible
carried it into the temple of Dagon, and set it beside his statue.

King James Bible
When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

New King James Version
When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.

New American Standard Bible
Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon, and placed it beside Dagon.

NASB 1995
Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.

NASB 1977
Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

Amplified Bible
They took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it beside [the image of] Dagon [their chief idol].

Christian Standard Bible
brought it into the temple of Dagon and placed it next to his statue.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
brought it into the temple of Dagon and placed it next to his statue.

American Standard Version
And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Philistines took the Ark of God and they brought it to the house of Dagun, and they stood it on the side of Dagun

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the Philistines took the ark of the Lord, and brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

Contemporary English Version
They brought it into the temple of their god Dagon and put it next to the statue of Dagon, which they worshiped.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it into the temple of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

English Revised Version
And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

Good News Translation
took it into the temple of their god Dagon, and set it up beside his statue.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They brought it into the temple of Dagon and placed it beside Dagon.

International Standard Version
Then the Philistines took the Ark of God, brought it to the temple of Dagon, and placed it beside Dagon.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

Literal Standard Version
and the Philistines take the Ark of God and bring it into the house of Dagon, and set it near Dagon.

NET Bible
The Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the temple of Dagon, where they positioned it beside Dagon.

New Heart English Bible
The Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

World English Bible
The Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

Young's Literal Translation
and the Philistines take the ark of God and bring it into the house of Dagon, and set it near Dagon.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Ark Afflicts the Philistines
1After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod, 2 carried it into the temple of Dagon, and set it beside his statue. 3When the people of Ashdod got up early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on his face before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and returned him to his place.…

Cross References
Judges 16:23
Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to their god Dagon. They rejoiced and said, "Our god has delivered Samson our enemy into our hands."

1 Chronicles 10:8
The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.


Treasury of Scripture

When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

of Dagon

Judges 16:23
Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.

1 Chronicles 10:10
And they put his armour in the house of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.

Daniel 5:2,23
Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein…









(2) They brought it into the house of Dagon.--The conquerors, we are told, in the meantime, with triumph, carried the captured Ark from the battle-field to Ashdod. This was one of the capital cities of the five Philistine princes. It is built on a hill close to the Mediterranean Sea, and was in after days known as Azotus (Acts 8:40).

In Ashdod they placed it in the temple of the popular Philistine god, Dagon. This was their vengeance for the slaughter of the 3,000 Philistine worshippers in the temple of the same deity at Gaza, not many years before, by the blind Hebrew champion Samson.

The princes and Philistine people well remembered how the blind hero on that awful day, when 3,000 perished in the house of Dagon when he with his superhuman strength forced the great temple pillars down, called on the name of the God of Israel, whom they in their idol-trained hearts associated with the golden Ark.

"This only hope relieves me, that the strife

With me hath end, all the contest now

'Twixt God and Dagon; Dagon hath presumed,

Me overthrown, to enter lists with God,

His deity comparing and preferring

Before the God of Abraham. He, be sure,

Will not connive or linger thus provoked, . . .

Verse 2. - When the Philistines, etc. The words are exactly the same as those in ver. 1, viz. "And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it," marking the simplicity of ancient narrative. Dagon is derived by Philo from dagan, "corn," and is explained by him as an emblem of the earth's fertility; but as the shape of this national deity of the Philistines was certainly that of a man to the waist, ending in the body and tail of a fish, the true derivation is doubtless that from dag, "a fish." It represented, however, not so much the sea, on which the Philistines trafficked, as the fruitfulness of water, which in the East is looked upon as the active principle of life (comp. Genesis 1:20). In one of the sculptures brought from Khorsabad there is a representation of a battle between the Assyrians and the inhabitants of the Syrian sea coast, and in it there is a figure, the upper part of which is a bearded man with a crown, while from the waist downwards it has the shape of a fish (Layard's 'Nineveh,' 2:466). Moreover, it is swimming in the sea, and is surrounded by a multitude of marine creatures. Doubtless this figure represents Dagon, who, nevertheless, is not to be regarded as a sea god, like Neptune; but as the fish is the product of water, he is the symbol of nature's reproductive energy. Together with Dagon a female deity was commonly worshipped, called Atergatis, half woman and half fish, whose temple is mentioned in 2 Macc. 12:26. In the margin there she is explained as being Venus; but the ideas have only this in common - that Venus also, as rising out of the sea, symbolises life as springing out of water. As Dagon had a temple also at Gaza (Judges 16:23), and at the other cities of Philistia (Jerome on Isaiah 46:1), he was evidently the chief deity of the nation, and the solemn depositing of the ark in his temple, and by Dagon, - literally, "at his side," - was intended as a public demonstration that the God of the Israelites was inferior to, and had been vanquished by, the national deity of the Philistines.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
carried it into
וַיָּבִ֥יאוּ (way·yā·ḇî·’ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

the temple
בֵּ֣ית (bêṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1004: A house

of Dagon,
דָּג֑וֹן (dā·ḡō·wn)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1712: Dagon -- a god and an idol of the Philistines

and set
וַיַּצִּ֥יגוּ (way·yaṣ·ṣî·ḡū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3322: To place permanently

it
אֹת֖וֹ (’ō·ṯōw)
Direct object marker | third person masculine singular
Strong's 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

beside
אֵ֥צֶל (’ê·ṣel)
Preposition
Strong's 681: A joining together, proximity

[his statue].
דָּגֽוֹן׃ (dā·ḡō·wn)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1712: Dagon -- a god and an idol of the Philistines


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