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1 Samuel 6:10

ESV The men did so, and took two milk cows and yoked them to the cart and shut up their calves at home.
NIV So they did this. They took two such cows and hitched them to the cart and penned up their calves.
NASB Then the men did so: they took two milk cows and hitched them to the cart, and shut in their calves at home.
CSB The men did this: They took two milk cows, hitched them to the cart, and confined their calves in the pen.
NLT So these instructions were carried out. Two cows were hitched to the cart, and their newborn calves were shut up in a pen.
KJV And the men did so; and took two milch kine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home:

What does 1 Samuel 6:10 mean?

Now the Philistines do what their priests and diviners have suggested (1 Samuel 6:2–9). They carry out their instructions exactly, hoping to send the captured ark of the Lord away from the territory of the Philistines and back to the Israelites. Their desperate hope is this will finally bring the plague and the panic that has struck the nation to an end (1 Samuel 5:6–12).

They select two milk cows that have never been yoked or harnessed to anything and tie them to a new, freshly constructed cart (1 Samuel 6:7). They take the calves away from the milk cows and confine the young cows to their home. Normally, untrained milk cows would be eager to return home to their calves. If the milk cows instead go toward Israel, without any human intervention, the Philistines will assume the Lord God of Israel is directing the cows to return the ark to His people (1 Samuel 6:9).
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