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1 Samuel 6:3-10

New American Standard Bible

Chapter 6

3 And they said, 'If you are going to send the ark of the God of Israel away, do not send it empty; but you shall certainly return to Him a guilt offering. Then you will be healed, and it will be revealed to you why His hand does not leave you.' 4 Then they said, 'What is to be the guilt offering that we shall return to Him?' And they said, 'Five gold tumors and five gold mice corresponding to the number of the governors of the Philistines, since one plague was on all of you and on your governors. 5 So you shall make likenesses of your tumors and likenesses of your mice that are ruining the land, and you shall give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps He will lighten His hand from you, your gods, and your land. 6 Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When He had severely dealt with them, did they not let the people go, and they left? 7 Now then, take and prepare a new cart and two milk cows on which there has never been a yoke; and hitch the cows to the cart and take their calves back home, away from them. 8 Then take the ark of the LORD and place it on the cart; and put the articles of gold which you return to Him as a guilt offering in a saddlebag by its side. Then send it away that it may go. 9 But watch: if it goes up by the way of its own territory to Beth-shemesh, then He has done this great evil to us. But if not, then we will know that it was not His hand that struck us; it happened to us by chance.'
10 Then the men did so: they took two milk cows and hitched them to the cart, and shut in their calves at home.
King James Version

Chapter 6

3 And they said, If ye send away the ark of the God of Israel, send it not empty; but in any wise return him a trespass offering: then ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to you why his hand is not removed from you. 4 Then said they, What shall be the trespass offering which we shall return to him? They answered, Five golden emerods, and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines: for one plague was on you all, and on your lords. 5 Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods, and images of your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give glory unto the God of Israel: peradventure he will lighten his hand from off you, and from off your gods, and from off your land. 6 Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed? 7 Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch kine, on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart, and bring their calves home from them: 8 And take the ark of the LORD, and lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels of gold, which ye return him for a trespass offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it away, that it may go. 9 And see, if it goeth up by the way of his own coast to Bethshemesh, then he hath done us this great evil: but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that smote us; it was a chance that happened to us.
10 And the men did so; and took two milch kine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home:
Christian Standard Bible

Chapter 6

3 They replied, "If you send the ark of Israel's God away, do not send it without an offering. Send back a guilt offering to him, and you will be healed. Then the reason his hand hasn't been removed from you will be revealed."
4 They asked, "What guilt offering should we send back to him? "And they answered, "Five gold tumors and five gold mice corresponding to the number of Philistine rulers, since there was one plague for both you and your rulers. 5 Make images of your tumors and of your mice that are destroying the land. Give glory to Israel's God, and perhaps he will stop oppressing you, your gods, and your land. 6 Why harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened theirs? When he afflicted them, didn't they send Israel away, and Israel left?
7 "Now then, prepare one new cart and two milk cows that have never been yoked. Hitch the cows to the cart, but take their calves away and pen them up. 8 Take the ark of the Lord, place it on the cart, and put the gold objects that you're sending him as a guilt offering in a box beside the ark. Send it off and let it go its way. 9 Then watch: If it goes up the road to its homeland toward Beth-shemesh, it is the Lord who has made this terrible trouble for us. However, if it doesn't, we will know that it was not his hand that punished us--it was just something that happened to us by chance."
10 The men did this: They took two milk cows, hitched them to the cart, and confined their calves in the pen.
New Living Translation

Chapter 6

3 'Send the Ark of the God of Israel back with a gift,' they were told. 'Send a guilt offering so the plague will stop. Then, if you are healed, you will know it was his hand that caused the plague.'
4 'What sort of guilt offering should we send?' they asked. And they were told, 'Since the plague has struck both you and your five rulers, make five gold tumors and five gold rats, just like those that have ravaged your land. 5 Make these things to show honor to the God of Israel. Perhaps then he will stop afflicting you, your gods, and your land. 6 Don't be stubborn and rebellious as Pharaoh and the Egyptians were. By the time God was finished with them, they were eager to let Israel go.
7 'Now build a new cart, and find two cows that have just given birth to calves. Make sure the cows have never been yoked to a cart. Hitch the cows to the cart, but shut their calves away from them in a pen. 8 Put the Ark of the LORD on the cart, and beside it place a chest containing the gold rats and gold tumors you are sending as a guilt offering. Then let the cows go wherever they want. 9 If they cross the border of our land and go to Beth-shemesh, we will know it was the LORD who brought this great disaster upon us. If they don't, we will know it was not his hand that caused the plague. It came simply by chance.'
10 So these instructions were carried out. Two cows were hitched to the cart, and their newborn calves were shut up in a pen.
English Standard Version

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3 They said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty, but by all means return him a guilt offering. Then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why his hand does not turn away from you.” 4 And they said, “What is the guilt offering that we shall return to him?” They answered, “Five golden tumors and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines, for the same plague was on all of you and on your lords. 5 So you must make images of your tumors and images of your mice that ravage the land, and give glory to the God of Israel. Perhaps he will lighten his hand from off you and your gods and your land. 6 Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? After he had dealt severely with them, did they not send the people away, and they departed? 7 Now then, take and prepare a new cart and two milk cows on which there has never come a yoke, and yoke the cows to the cart, but take their calves home, away from them. 8 And take the ark of the LORD and place it on the cart and put in a box at its side the figures of gold, which you are returning to him as a guilt offering. Then send it off and let it go its way 9 and watch. If it goes up on the way to its own land, to Beth-shemesh, then it is he who has done us this great harm, but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that struck us; it happened to us by coincidence.”
10 The men did so, and took two milk cows and yoked them to the cart and shut up their calves at home.
New International Version

Chapter 6

3 They answered, 'If you return the ark of the god of Israel, do not send it back to him without a gift; by all means send a guilt offering to him. Then you will be healed, and you will know why his hand has not been lifted from you.'
4 The Philistines asked, 'What guilt offering should we send to him?' They replied, 'Five gold tumors and five gold rats, according to the number of the Philistine rulers, because the same plague has struck both you and your rulers. 5 Make models of the tumors and of the rats that are destroying the country, and give glory to Israel's god. Perhaps he will lift his hand from you and your gods and your land. 6 Why do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh did? When Israel's god dealt harshly with them, did they not send the Israelites out so they could go on their way?
7 Now then, get a new cart ready, with two cows that have calved and have never been yoked. Hitch the cows to the cart, but take their calves away and pen them up. 8 Take the ark of the LORD and put it on the cart, and in a chest beside it put the gold objects you are sending back to him as a guilt offering. Send it on its way, 9 but keep watching it. If it goes up to its own territory, toward Beth Shemesh, then the LORD has brought this great disaster on us. But if it does not, then we will know that it was not his hand that struck us but that it happened to us by chance.'
10 So they did this. They took two such cows and hitched them to the cart and penned up their calves.
La Biblia de las Américas

Chapter 6

3 Y ellos dijeron: Si enviáis el arca del Dios de Israel, no la enviéis vacía ; sino que ciertamente devolveréis a El una ofrenda por la culpa. Entonces seréis sanados y conoceréis por qué su mano no se ha apartado de vosotros. 4 Y los filisteos preguntaron: ¿Cuál será la ofrenda por la culpa que hemos de devolverle? Y ellos dijeron: Cinco tumores de oro y cinco ratones de oro conforme al número de los príncipes de los filisteos, porque la misma plaga estuvo sobre todos vosotros y sobre vuestros príncipes. 5 Haréis, pues, semejanzas de vuestros tumores, y semejanzas de vuestros ratones que asolan la tierra, y daréis gloria al Dios de Israel ; quizá El aliviará su mano de sobre vosotros, de sobre vuestros dioses y de sobre vuestra tierra. 6 ¿Por qué entonces endurecéis vuestros corazones, como endurecieron sus corazones los egipcios y Faraón ? Cuando El los trató severamente, ¿no dejaron ir al pueblo, y se fueron ? 7 Ahora pues, tomad y preparad un carro nuevo y dos vacas con crías sobre las cuales no se haya puesto yugo ; uncid las vacas al carro y llevad sus becerros a casa, lejos de ellas. 8 Y tomad el arca del SEÑOR y colocadla en el carro; y poned en una caja a su lado los objetos de oro que le entregaréis como ofrenda por la culpa. Luego, dejadla ir, y que se vaya. 9 Y observad: si sube por el camino de su territorio a Bet-semes, entonces El nos ha hecho este gran mal. Pero si no, entonces sabremos que no fue su mano la que nos hirió ; nos sucedió por casualidad.
10 Entonces los hombres lo hicieron así; tomaron dos vacas con crías, las uncieron al carro y encerraron sus becerros en casa.
Nueva Biblia de las Américas

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3 Y ellos contestaron: “Si envían el arca del Dios de Israel, no la envíen vacía; sino que ciertamente devolverán a Dios una ofrenda por la culpa. Entonces serán sanados y sabrán por qué Su mano no se ha apartado de ustedes.”
4 Y los Filisteos preguntaron: “¿Cuál será la ofrenda por la culpa que Le hemos de devolver?” Y ellos dijeron: “Cinco tumores de oro y cinco ratones de oro conforme al número de los príncipes de los Filisteos, porque la misma plaga estuvo sobre todos ustedes y sobre sus príncipes. 5 Harán, pues, semejanzas de sus tumores, y semejanzas de sus ratones que asolan la tierra, y darán gloria al Dios de Israel. Tal vez El alivie Su mano de sobre ustedes, de sobre sus dioses y de sobre su tierra. 6 ¿Por qué entonces endurecen sus corazones, como endurecieron sus corazones los Egipcios y Faraón? Cuando El los trató severamente, ¿no dejaron ir al pueblo, y ellos se fueron?
7 Ahora pues, tomen y preparen un carro nuevo y dos vacas con crías sobre las cuales no se haya puesto ningún yugo. Aten las vacas al carro y lleven sus becerros a casa, lejos de ellas. 8 Tomen el arca del SEÑOR y colóquenla en el carro; y pongan en una caja a su lado los objetos de oro que Le entregarán como ofrenda por la culpa. Luego, déjenla ir, y que se vaya. 9 Y observen bien: si sube por el camino de su territorio a Bet Semes, entonces El nos ha hecho este gran mal. Pero si no, entonces sabremos que no fue Su mano la que nos hirió; nos sucedió por casualidad.”
10 Entonces los hombres lo hicieron así. Tomaron dos vacas con crías, las ataron al carro y encerraron sus becerros en casa.
Nueva Versión Internacional

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3 ?Si piensan devolverla —contestaron—, no la manden sin nada; tienen que presentarle a Dios una ofrenda compensatoria. Entonces recobrarán la salud y sabrán por qué Dios no ha dejado de castigarlos.
4 ?¿Y qué le debemos ofrecer? —preguntaron los filisteos. ?Cinco figuras de oro en forma de tumor —respondieron aquellos— y otras cinco en forma de rata, conforme al número de jefes filisteos, pues la misma plaga los ha azotado a ustedes y a sus jefes. 5 Así que hagan imágenes de los tumores y de las ratas que han devastado el país, y den honra al Dios de Israel. Tal vez suavice su castigo contra ustedes, sus dioses y su tierra. 6 ¿Por qué se van a obstinar, como lo hicieron los egipcios bajo el faraón? ¿No es cierto que Dios tuvo que hacerles daño para que dejaran ir a los israelitas?
7 »Ahora manden a construir una carreta nueva. Escojan también dos vacas con cría y que nunca hayan llevado yugo. Aten las vacas a la carreta, pero encierren los becerros en el establo. 8 Tomen luego el arca del SEÑOR y pónganla en la carreta. Coloquen una caja junto al arca, con los objetos de oro que van a entregarle a Dios como ofrenda compensatoria. Luego dejen que la carreta se vaya sola, 9 y obsérvenla. Si se va en dirección de Bet Semes, su propio territorio, eso quiere decir que el SEÑOR es quien nos ha causado esta calamidad tan terrible. Pero, si la carreta se desvía para otro lugar, sabremos que no fue él quien nos hizo daño, sino que todo ha sido por casualidad».
10 Así lo hicieron. Tomaron dos vacas con cría y las ataron a la carreta, pero encerraron los becerros en el establo.
Reina-Valera 1960

Chapter 6

3 Ellos dijeron: Si enviáis el arca del Dios de Israel, no la enviéis vacía, sino pagadle la expiación; entonces seréis sanos, y conoceréis por qué no se apartó de vosotros su mano. 4 Y ellos dijeron: ¿Y qué será la expiación que le pagaremos? Ellos respondieron: Conforme al número de los príncipes de los filisteos, cinco tumores de oro, y cinco ratones de oro, porque una misma plaga ha afligido a todos vosotros y a vuestros príncipes. 5 Haréis, pues, figuras de vuestros tumores, y de vuestros ratones que destruyen la tierra, y daréis gloria al Dios de Israel; quizá aliviará su mano de sobre vosotros y de sobre vuestros dioses, y de sobre vuestra tierra. 6 ¿Por qué endurecéis vuestro corazón, como los egipcios y Faraón endurecieron su corazón? Después que los había tratado así, ¿no los dejaron ir, y se fueron? 7 Haced, pues, ahora un carro nuevo, y tomad luego dos vacas que críen, a las cuales no haya sido puesto yugo, y uncid las vacas al carro, y haced volver sus becerros de detrás de ellas a casa. 8 Tomaréis luego el arca de Jehová, y la pondréis sobre el carro, y las joyas de oro que le habéis de pagar en ofrenda por la culpa, las pondréis en una caja al lado de ella; y la dejaréis que se vaya. 9 Y observaréis; si sube por el camino de su tierra a Bet-semes, él nos ha hecho este mal tan grande; y si no, sabremos que no es su mano la que nos ha herido, sino que esto ocurrió por accidente.
10 Y aquellos hombres lo hicieron así; tomando dos vacas que criaban, las uncieron al carro, y encerraron en casa sus becerros.
Biblia del Jubileo

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3 Y ellos dijeron: Si enviáis el arca del Dios de Israel, no la enviéis vacía; mas le pagaréis la expiación; y entonces seréis sanos, y conoceréis por qué no se apartó de vosotros su mano. 4 Y ellos dijeron: ¿Y qué será la expiación que le pagaremos? Y ellos respondieron: Conforme al número de los príncipes de los filisteos, cinco hemorroides de oro, y cinco ratones de oro, porque la misma plaga que todos tienen, tienen también vuestros príncipes. 5 Haréis, pues, las formas de vuestras partes posteriores con vuestras hemorroides, y las formas de vuestros ratones que destruyen la tierra, y daréis gloria al Dios de Israel; por ventura aliviará su mano de sobre vosotros, y de sobre vuestros dioses, y de sobre vuestra tierra. 6 Mas ¿por qué endurecéis vuestro corazón, como los egipcios y Faraón endurecieron su corazón? Después que los hubo así tratado, ¿no los dejaron que se fuesen, y se fueron? 7 Haced, pues, ahora un carro nuevo, y tomad luego dos vacas que críen, a las cuales no haya sido puesto yugo, y uncid las vacas al carro, y haced volver de detrás de ellas sus becerros a casa. 8 Tomaréis luego el arca del SEÑOR, y la pondréis sobre el carro; y poned en una caja al lado de ella las alhajas de oro que le pagáis en expiación; y la dejaréis que se vaya. 9 Y mirad; si sube por el camino de su término a Bet-semes, él nos ha hecho este mal tan grande; y si no, seremos ciertos que su mano no nos hirió, nos ha sido accidente. 10 Y aquellos varones lo hicieron así; tomando dos vacas que criaban, las uncieron al carro, y encerraron en casa sus becerros.