The Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the temple of Dagon, where they positioned it beside Dagon.
(For this reason, to this very day, neither Dagon’s priests nor anyone else who enters Dagon’s temple step on Dagon’s threshold in Ashdod.)
Gederoth, Beth Dagon, Naamah, and Makkedah – a total of sixteen cities and their towns.
They placed his armor in the temple of their gods 1 and hung his head in the temple of Dagon.
But when they got up early the following day, Dagon was again lying on the ground before the ark of the Lord. The head of Dagon and his two hands were sheared off and were lying at the threshold. Only Dagon’s body was left intact. 1
When the residents of Ashdod got up early the next day, 1 Dagon was lying on the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and set him back in his place.
The rulers of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate. They said, “Our god has handed Samson, our enemy, over to us.”
When the people 1 of Ashdod saw what was happening, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel should not remain with us, for he has attacked 2 both us and our god Dagon!”
It turned eastward toward Beth Dagon, touched Zebulun and the Valley of Iphtah El to the north, as well as the Valley of Emek and Neiel, and extended to Cabul on the north 1