And theysaid, If ye sendaway the ark of the God of Israel, send it not empty; but in any wisereturn him a trespassoffering: then ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to you why his hand is not removedfrom you.
Thensaidthey, Whatshall be the trespassofferingwhich we shallreturn to him? Theyanswered, Fivegoldenemerods, and fivegoldenmice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines: for one plague was on you all, and on yourlords.
Wherefore ye shallmakeimages of youremerods, and images of yourmicethat mar the land; and ye shallgivegloryunto the God of Israel: peradventure he willlighten his handfrom off you, and from off yourgods, and from off yourland.
And see, if it goeth up by the way of his own coast to Bethshemesh, then he hathdone us thisgreatevil: but if not, then we shallknowthat it is not his handthatsmote us: it was a chancethathappened to us.
And the kinetook the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh, and wentalong the highway, lowing as theywent, and turned not aside to the righthand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistineswentafterthemunto the border of Bethshemesh.
And the Levitestookdown the ark of the LORD, and the cofferthat was with it, wherein the jewels of goldwere, and put them on the greatstone: and the men of Bethshemeshofferedburntofferings and sacrificedsacrifices the same day unto the LORD.
And the goldenmice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistinesbelonging to the fivelords, both of fencedcities, and of countryvillages, evenunto the greatstone of Abel, whereonthey set down the ark of the LORD: whichstoneremainethuntothis day in the field of Joshua, the Bethshemite.
And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, becausethey had lookedinto the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the peoplefiftythousand and threescore and ten men: and the peoplelamented, because the LORD had smittenmany of the peoplewith a greatslaughter.