3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. See at the end of 1 Samuel 6:21; (note). (6-8) The LORD afflicts the city of Ashdod with tumors. 6. the hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod --The presumption of the Ashdodites was punished by a severe judgment that overtook them in the form of a pestilence. It was hard to account for such an accident two days in a row, and for the broken head and hands of Dagon. 1 samuel 5:6-12. the philistines are smitten with emerods. Commentary on 1 Samuel 5:6-12 (Read 1 Samuel 5:6-12) The hand of the Lord was heavy upon the Philistines; he not only convinced them of their folly, but severely chastised their insolence. 1. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. They do so; and God smites the inhabitants of that city, young and old, with the same disease, 1 Samuel 5:9. Indeed, the thresholds of the temples in various places were deemed so sacred that the people were accustomed to fall down and kiss them. 7) The appointment of Samuel's sons as judges and the consequent request for a king. They send the ark to Ekron, and a heavy destruction fags upon that city, and they resolve to send it back to Shiloh, 1 Samuel 5:10-12. The Japenese did not know what to do with all the Westerners present in the country when the Japanese overran China during the Second World War, so they detained them in various encampments. 1 Samuel 5:6 Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate tumors. More of the destructive and painful tumors broke out on them. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. Eli the priest led him. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. The hand of the LORD was heavy on the people of Ashdod: They would not listen when God struck down their statue of Dagon; they just set it up again. Brought it from Eben-ezer unto Ashdod - Ashdod or Azotus was one of the five satrapies or lordships of the Philistines. "The Philistines carried it (the ark of God) from Ebenezer to Ashdod" (1 Samuel 5:1). The Ark in Philistia. The *Lord calls Samuel. Older commentators often describe them as hemorrhoids, and newer commentators often describe them as signs of the bubonic plague. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the temple of Dagon and set it by Dagon. These Philistine priests, like men confronted with the truth today, rejected God despite the evidence, not because of the evidence. : No doubt, the Philistines were jubilant, and confident in the superiority of their god over the God of Israel. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. * [ 1:20 ] Samuel : Hannah’s explanation associates her son’s name with the narrative’s wordplay on the Hebrew verbs s’l (“ask,” vv. Thus it was ordered, in the Divine providence, that, by a religious custom of their own, they should perpetuate their disgrace, the insufficiency of their worship, and the superiority of the God of Israel. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor any who come into Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day. As a gratitude-offering for the help which they supposed them to have furnished; and. Palestine was divided into five satrapies: Ashdod, Ekron, Askelon, Gath, and Gaza. The Philistines set up the ark in the temple of Dagon at Ashdod; whose image is found next morning prostrate before it, broken in pieces, 1 Samuel 5:1-5. : Instead of submitting to the God of Israel, they decided to get rid of Him. How could they believe something so ridiculous? Here was a proof that the affair was not accidental; and these proofs of God's power and authority prepared the way for his judgments. They therefore concluded that the ark should be sent back to Shiloh. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. i. Jonathan was a lot like David. 5) The Ark in Philistine territory (1 Samuel 5:1-7 :4). (1Sa 5:1-5) God humiliates the idol Dagon. 1 Samuel 5:1-5 KJV And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. Let the ark - be carried about - They probably thought that their affliction rose from some natural cause; and therefore they wished the ark to be carried about from place to place, to see what the effects might be. Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go back to its own place, : The Philistines, if they had repented and turned towards the LORD, could have. So they took Dagon and set it in its place again. 1 Samuel 24:1-15 Faith Waits on God; 1 Samuel 24:16-22 Can Others Trust You? But these were all federates and acted under one general government, for which they assembled in council. You can also change some of your preferences. They wanted to believe it was an accident. 2. How could they believe something so ridiculous? c. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only the torso of Dagon was left of it: Imagine the horror of the Philistine priests when they entered the temple of Dagon the next morning. (1 Samuel 5:1). We need 2 cookies to store this setting. The victory seemed complete. As a proof that their gods, i.e., the gods of the conquerors, were more powerful than those of the conquered. Keith Simons. 2 They carried the Ark of God into the temple of Dagon and placed it beside an idol of Dagon. The Septuagint and Vulgate make a very material addition to this verse: Και μεσον της χωρας αυτης ανεφυεσιν μυες· και εγενετο συγχυσις θανατου μεγαλη εν τη πολει ; Et ebullierunt villae et agri in medio regionis illius; et nati sunt mures, et facta est confusio mortis magnae in civitate: "And the cities and fields of all that region burst up, and mice were produced, and there was the confusion of a great death in the city." i. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". When we close our ears to God, He often finds another way to speak to us, and we may not like the second way. The great leader of the conquest, Joshua, removed the ark from Gilgal to Shiloh which was located within the territory allotted to Ephraim, evidently because Joshua was a member of that tribe. CLARKE, "Brought it from Eben-ezer unto Ashdod - Ashdod or Azotus was one of the five satrapies or lordships of the Philistines. 2. 1. The great leader of the conquest, Joshua, removed the ark from Gilgal to Shiloh which was located within the territory allotted to Ephraim, evidently because Joshua was a member of that tribe. To this the psalmist is supposed to refer, Psalm 78:66, He smote all his enemies in the Hinder Parts; he put them to a perpetual reproach. The same is true of the presence of God among men today, which can be as a fragrance of life to some and the aroma of death to others (2 Corinthians 2:15-16). 1 After the Philistines captured the Ark of God, they took it from the battleground at Ebenezer to the town of Ashdod. The best intermediate-advanced level commentary on the first book of Samuel is now the commentary by David Tsumura in… From the perspective of the Israelites, the anguish of Eli, his dying daughter-in-law, and other Israelites at the capture of the Ark, is understandable But Israel’s God is not an idol; He does not need for men to carry Him about. Older commentators often describe them as hemorrhoids, and newer commentators often describe them as signs of the bubonic plague. c. Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried away to Gath: Instead of submitting to the God of Israel, they decided to get rid of Him. “This deity was a personification of the generative and vivifying [life-giving] principle of nature, for which the fish with its innumerable multiplication was especially adapted, to set forth the idea of the giver of all earthly good.” (Keil and Delitszch), There was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. Yet they would not renounce Dagon; and instead of seeking God's mercy, they desired to get clear of his ark. i. b. Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. The ark in the Philistine city of Ashdod. - See Calmet's Dissertation on the gods of the Philistines. God will glorify Himself. And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. They chose the religious tradition: Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor any who come into Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day, ii. . (Read 2 Samuel 5:17-25) The Philistines considered not that David had the presence of God with him, which Saul had forfeited and lost. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. i. , they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is harsh toward us and Dagon our god.” Therefore they sent and gathered to themselves all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?” And they answered, “Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried away to Gath.” So they carried the ark of the God of Israel away. The kingdom of the Messiah, as soon as it was set up in the world, was thus attacked by the powers of darkness. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Dagon was fallen upon his face - This was one proof, which they little expected, of the superiority of the God of Israel. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. They not only saw their god bowing down before the LORD, they also saw the image broken. God was more than able to glorify Himself among the Philistines and their pagan gods. It was customary, in all nations, to dedicate the spoils taken from an enemy to their gods: They of Ashdod arose early on the morrow - Probably to perform some act of their superstition in the temple of their idol. i. And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. The lords of the Philistines - The word סרני sarney, which we translate lords, is rendered by the Chaldee טורני tureney, tyrants. Not at all. The transfer of the ark of Yahweh in 2 Samuel 6 prompts reflection on God’s place in this new political landscape. a. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. Samuel warns the Israelites of the perils of being ruled over by a king (1 Samuel … iii. Instead it became a curse and a judgment to them. The people of Ashdod refuse to let the ark stay with them; and the lords of the Philistines, with whom they consulted, order it to be carried to Gath, 1 Samuel 5:7, 1 Samuel 5:8. It was hard to account for such an accident two days in a row, and for the broken head and hands of Dagon. The men that died not - Some it seems were smitten with instant death; others with the haemorrhoids, and there was a universal consternation; and the cry of the city went up to heaven - it was an exceeding great cry. Click on the different category headings to find out more. When we close our ears to God, He often finds another way to speak to us, and we may not like the second way. 17 , 27 ), his’il (“hand over, dedicate,” v. Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. 1 Samuel 4 1 Samuel 5 1 Samuel 6 Return to the Main Player Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. They faced the God of Israel in battle and believed their god Dagon delivered them and defeated Israel. Get a Copy of This KJV ... whose image is found next morning prostrate before it, broken in pieces, 1-5. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. “According to the Rabbins, swellings on the anus.” (Keil and Delitszch) “Beating Dagon upon his own dunghill, and smiting his worshippers on their hinder parts, paying their posteriors, as men used to deal with puny boys.” (Trapp) “The word, , which appears to have been accompanied with dysentery, bloody flux, and ulcerated anus.” (Clarke), , Ginzberg is much more graphic: “This new plague consisted in mice crawling forth out of the earth, and jerking the entrails out of the bodies of the Philistines while they eased nature. But when men and women will not glorify God, God will glorify Himself. Smote them with emerods - The word עפלים apholim, from עפל aphal, to be elevated, probably means the disease called the bleeding piles, which appears to have been accompanied with dysentery, bloody flux, and ulcerated anus. iii. His hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god - Here the end was completely answered: they now saw that they had not prevailed against Israel, on account of their god being more powerful than Jehovah; and they now feel how easily this God can confound and destroy their whole nation. It is supposed that the idolatrous Israelites, in the time of Zephaniah, had adopted the worship of Dagon: and that in this sense 1 Samuel 1:9; is to be understood: In the same day will I punish all those who leap upon the threshold. Because worshipping the LORD instead of Dagon meant a huge change in thinking and living. But the hand of the LORD was heavy on the people of Ashdod, and He ravaged them and struck them with tumors, Ashdod and its territory. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. It has been several years since I read the excellent book by Langdon Gilkey entitled Shantung Compound. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul: Jonathan, the son of Saul, appeared before in 1 Samuel 14. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. It has already been remarked that Dagon had the head, arms and hands of a man or woman, and that the rest of the idol was in the form of a fish, to which Horace is supposed to make allusion in the following words: -, "The upper part resembling a beautiful woman; the lower, a fish.". When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the temple of Dagon and set it by Dagon. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only the torso of Dagon was left of it, : Imagine the horror of the Philistine priests when they entered the temple of Dagon the. (1-5) God humiliates the idol Dagon. This addition is a further suggestion that Samuel is dedicated to God under a nazirite vow (Nm 6:4–5); see note on v. 22 . 1 Samuel Summary One King to Rule them All? Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron, : The Ark of the Covenant was now among the Philistines like a “hot potato,” in the children’s game, burning every city where it stayed. I suppose them to have been affected with enlargements of the haemorrhoidal veins, from which there came frequent discharges of blood. We must all face God and stand before Him one day. Now, the Ark of the Covenant of Israel’s God stood as a trophy in the temple of their god Dagon. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 5:4". The Philistine priests were unwilling to make those changes. So it was, after they had carried it away, that the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction; and He struck the men of the city, both small and great, and tumors broke out on them. We may request cookies to be set on your device. These Philistine priests, like men confronted with the truth today, rejected God. If the Philistines sought to protect themselves by using brass vessels, the vessels burst at the touch of the mice, and, as before, the Philistines were at their mercy.”, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried away to Gath. Some think that this idol was the same with Dirceto, Attergatis, the Venus of Askelon, and the Moon. He ravaged them and struck them with tumors: What were these tumors? Samuel, Saul and David. 1 Samuel 5. We can do things to push Him away but even the best of those attempts are temporary. from the ark. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Biblical Commentary 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The book of First Samuel ends with the death of King Saul and his three sons (1 Samuel 31). of the evidence. But the hand of the LORD was heavy on the people of Ashdod, and He ravaged them and struck them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territory. 5. Or they could make a religious tradition instead. We think the glory has departed. The Ekronites were not happy to see the ark but they still wouldn’t submit to the LORD God of Israel. Bibliography InformationClarke, Adam. Yet we can’t get rid of God. In order to go into such temples, and not tread on the threshold, the people must step or leap over them; and in this way the above passage may be understood. The Syriac is the same. Setting Dagon up and gluing him together is easier than changing your life and your thinking. The Philistine priests were unwilling to make those changes. The Philistines are also smitten with a sore disease, 6. By the Vulgate and Septuagint, satrapae, satraps. b. Setting Dagon up and gluing him together is easier than changing your life and your thinking. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Και μεσον της χωρας αυτης ανεφυεσιν μυες· και εγενετο συγχυσις θανατου μεγαλη εν τη πολει, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron: The Ark of the Covenant was now among the Philistines like a “hot potato,” in the children’s game, burning every city where it stayed. i. Dagon was represented with a half man, half fish figure, and was said to be the father of Baal. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing 1 Samuel 28:5: 1 Samuel 28:4-8 1 Samuel 28:4 : 1 Samuel 28:6 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. You can check these in your browser security settings. This addition Houbigant contends was originally in the Hebrew text; and this gives us the reason why golden mice were sent, as well as the images of the emerods, ( 1 Samuel 6:4;), when the ark was restored. The hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: The city of Gath didn’t do any better than the city of Ashdod. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.a. In those days, it … When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the temple of Dagon and set it by Dagon. See Joshua 13:8. “This deity was a personification of the generative and vivifying [life-giving] principle of nature, for which the fish with its innumerable multiplication was especially adapted, to set forth the idea of the giver of all earthly good.” (Keil and Delitszch). The. In Legends of the Jews, Ginzberg is much more graphic: “This new plague consisted in mice crawling forth out of the earth, and jerking the entrails out of the bodies of the Philistines while they eased nature. : Had the glory of God departed? Instead it became a curse and a judgment to them. 1 Samuel 6 Chapter 5 It is now time to enquire what has become of the ark of God; we cannot but think that we shall hear more of that sacred treasure. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. The Arabic enlarges: "He smote them in their posteriors, so that they were affected with a dysenteria." When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the temple of Dagon and set it by Dagon. He ravaged them and struck them with tumors. 1 Samuel 21:1-10 The Effects of Sin; 1 Samuel 22:1-5 Rejected but Strong; 1 Samuel 23:6-14 Beware of Circumstances! The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it. The same is true of the presence of God among men today, which can be as a fragrance of life to some and the aroma of death to others (2 Corinthians 2:15-16). Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord.” So they took Dagon and set it in its place again. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor any who come into Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. (10-12) The Ark of the Covenant in the Philistine city of Ekron. The victory seemed complete. [2] When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. Up until this point in biblical history, the Israelites have not had a king. “According to the Rabbins, swellings on the anus.” (Keil and Delitszch) “Beating Dagon upon his own dunghill, and smiting his worshippers on their hinder parts, paying their posteriors, as men used to deal with puny boys.” (Trapp) “The word apholim, from aphal, to be elevated, probably means the disease called the bleeding piles, which appears to have been accompanied with dysentery, bloody flux, and ulcerated anus.” (Clarke), ii. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. The house of Dagon - On this idol, which was supposed to be partly in a human form, and partly in that of a fish, see the note on Judges 16:23. The Syriac is the same. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . The story of Samuel begins with, funnily enough, the birth of Samuel. ii. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. Only the stump of Dagon was left - Literally, Only דגן dagon (i.e., the little fish) was left. God made this statue bow down in worship before Him. : They would not listen when God struck down their statue of Dagon; they just set it up again. The Philistines are also smitten with a sore disease, 1 Samuel 5:6. 18 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-samuel-5.html. They could turn from their weak, inferior god Dagon and begin serving the mighty, superior LORD of Israel. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. morning. (9) The Ark of the Covenant in the Philistine city of Gath. He is the remarkably brave man of faith who initiated a one-man war against the Philistines. (5:1-5) From a merely human point of view, it looks as though God is being held hostage by the Philistines. 1 Samuel 18:1-5 & 19:1-7 New Revised Standard Version August 4, 2019 The International Bible Lesson (Uniform Sunday School Lessons Series) for Sunday, August 4, 2019, is from 1 Samuel 18:1-5 & 19:1-7.Questions for Discussion and Thinking Further follow the verse-by- verse International Bible Lesson Commentary.Study The hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction, : The city of Gath didn’t do any better than the city of Ashdod. They thought therefore to appease Jehovah by sending him back his ark or shrine: and, in order to be redeemed from their plagues, they send golden mice and emerods as telesms, probably made under some particular configurations of the planets. They could turn from their weak, inferior god Dagon and begin serving the mighty, superior LORD of Israel. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. "And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in … You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. The Septuagint adds this to verse six: “And the cities and the fields of all that region burst up, and mice were produced, and there was the confusion of a great death in the city.” Some think this was originally in the Hebrew text, and explains why golden images of rats were included in the return of the ark (1 Samuel 6:5). The Vulgate says, Et computrescebant prominenter extales eorum; which conveys the idea of a bloody flux, dysentery, and ulcerated anus; and it adds, what is not to be found in the Hebrew text, nor many of the versions, except some traces in the Septuagint, Et fecerunt sibi sedes pelliceas, "And they made unto themselves seats of skins;" for the purpose of sitting more easy, on account of the malady already mentioned. THE PHILISTINES ARE SMITTEN WITH EMERODS. Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go back to its own place: The Philistines, if they had repented and turned towards the LORD, could have benefited from the ark. a. ? The hand of the LORD was heavy on the people of Ashdod. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. 2 From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. One chapter is entitled, “A Place of One's Own.” Gilkey was interned in a Japanese detention camp, along with a diverse group of people, who all had one thing in common -- they were all Westerners. They wanted to believe it was an accident. After being raised by the priest Eli in temple, Samuel becomes God's number one prophet. There was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the LORD: Had the glory of God departed? 1832. Now, the Ark of the Covenant of Israel’s God stood as a trophy in the temple of their god Dagon. Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And when the men of Ashdod saw how. God was more than able to glorify Himself among the Philistines and their pagan gods. This pericope focuses on David’s coronation and capture of Jerusalem. Because worshipping the LORD instead of Dagon meant a huge change in thinking and living. It does not appear that the Philistines had any correct knowledge of the nature of Jehovah, though they seemed to acknowledge his supremacy. (1 Samuel 1:19, NKJV) "For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. Some copies of the Septuagint have εξεζεσεν αυτοις εις τας ναυς, "he inflamed them in their ships:" other copies have εις τας ἑδρας, "in their posteriors." Sometimes when men disgrace the glory of God, we fear God will go without glory. Shantung … And the men who did not die were stricken with the tumors, and the cry of the city went up to heaven. Tread on the threshold - Because the arms, etc., of Dagon were broken off by his fall on the threshold, the threshold became sacred, and neither his priests nor worshippers ever tread on the threshold. 1 Samuel: Bible Study and Commentary. Saul’s Growing Fear of David. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in … And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. It was easier when they. i. But when men and women will not glorify God, God will glorify Himself. They brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. ADAM CLARKE'S BIBLE COMMENTARY - 1 SAMUEL 5 1 Samuel 4 - 1 Samuel 6 >> - HELP - FB - TWITTER - GR VIDEOS - GR FORUMS - GR YOUTUBE . a. Commentary on 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 View Bible Text . Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. Yet we can’t get rid of God. glorify Himself. 6) The return of the Ark and the establishment of Samuel as a judge over Israel (1 Samuel 7). And when the men of Ashdod saw how it was, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is harsh toward us and Dagon our god.” Therefore they sent and gathered to themselves all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?” And they answered, “Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried away to Gath.” So they carried the ark of the God of Israel away. They brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon: No doubt, the Philistines were jubilant, and confident in the superiority of their god over the God of Israel. 1. David went out, &c. — Upon military expeditions, of which that phrase is often used. Sometimes when men disgrace the glory of God, we fear God will go without glory. were not happy to see the ark but they still wouldn’t submit to the LORD God of Israel. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands. They imagined that every country, district, mountain, and valley, had its peculiar deity; who, in its place, was supreme over all others. Today’s readings reflect a turning point in the narrative of Israel as a nation: The 2 Samuel 5 passage notes the moment when David becomes king over all the tribes of Israel and Judah. And behaved himself wisely — Showed as much prudence in his conduct as he did courage. God made this statue bow down in worship before Him. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. 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. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. We can do things to push Him away but even the best of those attempts are temporary. … Continue reading "Commentary on 2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5; Psalm 150" b. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. “Of the numerous suggested identifications of the specific malady that struck the Philistines, bubonic plague remains the most likely: ‘It is a disease characterized by an epidemic occurrence, by the appearance of tumours, by the production of panic amongst the affected population, by a high mortality rate, and by an association with mice or rats.’” (Wilkinson cited in Youngblood). 1 Samuel 18:5. broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it. Send away the ark - It appears that it had been received at Ekron, for there was a deadly destruction through the whole city. The hand of the Lord was against the city - As it was at Ashdod, so it was at Gath. EasyEnglish is a system of simple English designed by Wycliffe Associates (UK). Set him in his place again - Supposing his fall might have been merely accidental. We think the glory has departed. "When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon." When Christianity became corrupted, this adoration of the thresholds of the churches took place. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. v1 The boy Samuel served the *Lord. After seeing the superiority of the God of Israel, these Philistine priests had a choice. More of the destructive and painful. iv. They chose the religious tradition: Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor any who come into Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day. We must all face God and stand before Him one day. When facing this text the preacher is faced with a choice regarding verses 6-8, left out of the reading according to the lectionary. And rats appeared in their land, and there was death and destruction throughout the city And rats appeared in their land, and there was death and destruction throughout the city So it was, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, “They have brought the ark of the God of Israel to us, to kill us and our people!” 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 back to its own place, so that it does not kill us and our people.” For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? After seeing the superiority of the God of Israel, these Philistine priests had a choice. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. 1 Samuel 5 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. Much earlier in that book, we learned that Saul had disobeyed the Lord and that the Lord had rejected him as king (1 Samuel 15). If the Philistines sought to protect themselves by using brass vessels, the vessels burst at the touch of the mice, and, as before, the Philistines were at their mercy.”. All that was human in his form was broken off from what resembled a fish. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 5:1-5 See the ark's triumph over Dagon. The Vulgate says, Et percussit in secretiori parte natium; "And he smote them in the more secret parts of their posteriors." was represented with a half man, half fish figure, and was said to be the father of Baal. Not at all. 1 samuel 5 commentary 1. It was easier when they took Dagon and set it in its place again. They not only saw their god bowing down before the LORD, they also saw the image broken. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. iii. Or they could make a religious tradition instead. If they found the same evil produced wherever it came, then they must conclude that it was a judgment from the God of Israel. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. The motive which induced the Philistines to set up the ark in the temple of Dagon, may be easily ascertained. a. 1 SAMUEL 5 COMMENTARY EDITED BY GLENN PEASE The Ark in Ashdod and Ekron 1 After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. They faced the God of Israel in battle and believed their god Dagon delivered them and defeated Israel. A Bible Study in EasyEnglish (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of 1 Samuel.

1 samuel 5 commentary

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