And the men did so; and took two milch kine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home:
And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods.
And the kine took the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh, and
went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to
the right hand or to
the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of Bethshemesh.
And they of
reaping their wheat harvest in the valley: and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it
And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Bethshemite, and stood there, where there was
a great stone: and they clave the wood of the cart, and offered the kine a burnt offering unto the LORD.
And the Levites took down the ark of the LORD, and the coffer that was
with it, wherein the jewels of gold were
, and put them
on the great stone: and the men of Bethshemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the same day unto the LORD.
And when the five lords of the Philistines had seen it
, they returned to Ekron the same day.
And these are
the golden emerods which the Philistines returned for
a trespass offering unto the LORD; for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron one;
And the golden mice, according to
the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging
to the five lords, both
of fenced cities, and of country villages, even unto the great stone of
Abel, whereon they set down the ark of the LORD: which stone remaineth unto this day in the field of Joshua, the Bethshemite.