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.
The gold mice corresponded in number to all the Philistine cities of the five leaders, from the fortified cities to hamlet villages, to greater Abel, 1 where they positioned the ark of the Lord until this very day in the field of Joshua who was from Beth Shemesh.
1 Then Saul said to David, “Here’s my oldest daughter, Merab. I want to give her to you in marriage. Only be a brave warrior 2 for me and fight the battles of the Lord.” For Saul thought, “There’s no need for me to raise my hand against him. Let it be the hand of the Philistines!”
Who is like your people, Israel, a unique nation 1 on the earth? Their God 2 went 3 to claim 4 a nation for himself and to make a name for himself! You did great and awesome acts for your land, 5 before your people whom you delivered for yourself from the Egyptian empire and its gods. 6
Then Absalom happened to come across David’s men. Now as Absalom was riding on his 1 mule, it 2 went under the branches of a large oak tree. His head got caught in the oak and he was suspended in midair, 3 while the mule he had been riding kept going.
When they were near the big rock that is in Gibeon, Amasa came to them. Now Joab was dressed in military attire and had a dagger in its sheath belted to his waist. When he advanced, it fell out. 1
“When you tell these people about all this, 1 they will undoubtedly ask you, ‘Why has the Lord threatened us with such great disaster? What wrong have we done? What sin have we done to offend the Lord our God?’
“For I, the Lord, say: 1 ‘I will surely bring on these people all the good fortune that I am hereby promising them. I will be just as sure to do that as I have been in bringing all this great disaster on them. 2
From the base of the ground to the lower edge is 3½ feet, 1 and the width 1¾ feet; 2 and from the smaller ledge to the larger edge, 7 feet, 3 and the width 1¾ feet;
Should I 1 not be even more 2 concerned 3 about Nineveh, this enormous city? 4 There are more than one hundred twenty thousand people in it who do not know right from wrong, 5 as well as many animals!” 6
But the army said to Saul, “Should Jonathan, who won this great victory in Israel, die? May it never be! As surely as the Lord lives, not a single hair of his head will fall to the ground! For it is with the help of God that he has acted today.” So the army rescued Jonathan from death. 1