Their assigned land included Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir Shemesh,
Their border touched Tabor, Shahazumah, and Beth Shemesh, and ended at the Jordan. They had sixteen cities and their towns.
Ben-Deker was in charge of Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh, and Elon Beth Hanan.
Then the cows went directly on the road to Beth Shemesh. They went along, mooing as they went; they turned neither to the right nor to the left. The leaders of the Philistines were walking along behind them all the way to the border of Beth Shemesh.
The men of Naphtali did not conquer the people living in Beth Shemesh or Beth Anath. 1 They live among the Canaanites residing in the land. The Canaanites 2 living in Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath were forced to do hard labor for them.
It then turned from Baalah westward to Mount Seir, crossed to the slope of Mount Jearim on the north (that is Kesalon), descended to Beth Shemesh, and crossed to Timnah.
It went northward, extending to En Shemesh and Geliloth opposite the Pass 1 of Adummim, and descended to the Stone of Bohan son of Reuben.
Ain, Juttah, and Beth Shemesh, along with the grazing areas of each – a total of nine cities taken from these two tribes.
Now the residents of Beth Shemesh were harvesting wheat in the valley. When they looked up and saw the ark, they were pleased at the sight.
So King Joash of Israel attacked. He and King Amaziah of Judah faced each other on the battlefield 1 in Beth Shemesh of Judah.
The residents of Beth Shemesh asked, “Who is able to stand before the Lord, this holy God? To whom will the ark 1 go up from here?”
It then went up to Debir from the Valley of Achor, turning northward to Gilgal (which is opposite the Pass 1 of Adummim south of the valley), crossed to the waters of En Shemesh and extended to En Rogel.
The Levites took down the ark of the Lord and the chest that was with it, which contained the gold objects. They placed them near the big stone. At that time the people of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings and made sacrifices to the Lord.
But the Lord 1 struck down some of the people of Beth Shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the Lord; he struck down 50,070 2 of the men. The people grieved because the Lord had struck the people with a hard blow.
The Philistines had raided the cities of Judah in the lowlands 1 and the Negev. They captured and settled in Beth Shemesh, Aijalon, Gederoth, Soco and its surrounding villages, Timnah and its surrounding villages, and Gimzo and its surrounding villages.
But keep an eye on it. If it should go up by the way of its own border to Beth Shemesh, then he has brought this great calamity on us. But if that is not the case, then we will know that it was not his hand that struck us; rather, it just happened to us by accident.”
King Jehoash of Israel captured King Amaziah of Judah, son of Jehoash son of Ahaziah, in Beth Shemesh. He 1 attacked 2 Jerusalem and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate – a distance of about six hundred feet. 3