The ark is sent back to Bethsames: where many are slain for looking through curiosity into it.
1 Now the ark of God was in the land of the Philistines seven months.
Fuit ergo arca Domini in regione Philisthinorum septem mensibus.
2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying: What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? tell us how we are to send it back to its place? And they said:
Et vocaverunt Philisthiim sacerdotes et divinos, dicentes : Quid faciemus de arca Domini? indicate nobis quomodo remittamus eam in locum suum. Qui dixerunt :
3 If you send back the ark of the God of Israel, send it not away empty, but render unto him what you owe for sin, and then you shall be healed: and you shall know why his hand departeth not from you.
Si remittitis arcam Dei Israel, nolite dimittere eam vacuam, sed quod debetis, reddite ei pro peccato, et tunc curabimini : et scietis quare non recedat manus ejus a vobis.
4 They answered: What is it we ought to render unto him for sin? and they answered:
Qui dixerunt : Quid est quod pro delicto reddere debeamus ei? Responderuntque illi :
5 According to the number of the provinces of the Philistines you shall make five golden emerods, and five golden mice: for the same plague hath been upon you all, and upon your lords. And you shall make the likeness of your emerods, and the likeness of the mice that have destroyed the land, and you shall give glory to the God of Israel: to see if he will take off his hand from you, and from your gods, and from your land.
Juxta numerum provinciarum Philisthinorum quinque anos aureos facietis, et quinque mures aureos : quia plaga una fuit omnibus vobis, et satrapis vestris. Facietisque similitudines anorum vestrorum, et similitudines murium, qui demoliti sunt terram : et dabitis Deo Israel gloriam : si forte relevet manum suam a vobis, et a diis vestris, et a terra vestra.
6 Why do you harden your hearts, as Egypt and Pharao hardened their hearts? did not he, after he was struck, then let them go, and they departed?
Quare aggravatis corda vestra, sicut aggravavit Aegyptus et Pharao cor suum? Nonne postquam percussus est, tunc dimisit eos, et abierunt?
7 Now therefore take and make a new cart: and two kine that have calved, on which there hath come no yoke, tie to the cart, and shut up their calves at home.
Nunc ergo arripite et facite plaustrum novum unum, et duas vaccas foetas, quibus non est impositum jugum, jungite in plaustro, et recludite vitulos earum domi.
8 And you shall take the ark of the Lord, and lay it on the cart, and the vessels of gold, which you have paid him for sin, you shall put into a little box, at the side thereof: and send it away that it may go.
Tolletisque arcam Domini, et ponetis in plaustro, et vasa aurea, quae exsolvistis ei pro delicto, ponetis in capsellam ad latus ejus : et dimittite eam ut vadat.
9 And you shall look: and if it go up by the way of his own coasts towards Bethsames, then he hath done us this great evil: but if not, we shall know that it is not his hand hath touched us, but it hath happened by chance.
Et aspicietis : et si quidem per viam finium suorum ascenderit contra Bethsames, ipse fecit nobis hoc malum grande : sin autem, minime : sciemus quia nequaquam manus ejus tetigit nos, sed casu accidit.
10 They did therefore in this manner: and taking two kine, that had suckling calves, they yoked them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home.
Fecerunt ergo illi hoc modo : et tollentes duas vaccas, quae lactabant vitulos, junxerunt ad plaustrum, vitulosque earum concluserunt domi.
11 And they laid the ark of God upon the cart, and the little box that had in it the golden mice and the likeness of the emerods.
Et posuerunt arcam Dei super plaustrum, et capsellam, quae habebat mures aureos et similitudines anorum.
12 And the kine took the straight way that leadeth to Bethsames, and they went along the way, lowing as they went: and turned not aside neither to the right hand nor to the left: and the lords of the Philistines followed them as far as the borders of Bethsames.
Ibant autem in directum vaccae per viam, quae ducit Bethsames, et itinere uno gradiebantur, pergentes et mugientes : et non declinabant neque ad dextram neque ad sinistram : sed et satrapae Philisthiim sequebantur usque ad terminos Bethsames.
13 Now the Bethsamites were reaping wheat in the valley: and lifting up their eyes they saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it.
Porro Bethsamitae metebant triticum in valle : et elevantes oculos suos, viderunt arcam, et gavisi sunt cum vidissent.
14 And the cart came into the field of Josue a Bethsamite, and stood there. And there was a great stone, and they cut in pieces the wood of the cart, and laid the kine upon it a holocaust to the Lord.
Et plaustrum venit in agrum Josue Bethsamitae, et stetit ibi. Erat autem ibi lapis magnus, et conciderunt ligna plaustri, vaccasque imposuerunt super ea holocaustum Domino.
15 And the Levites took down the ark of God, and the little box that was at the side of it, wherein were the vessels of gold, and they put them upon the great stone. The men also of Bethsames offered holocausts and sacrificed victims that day to the Lord.
Levitae autem deposuerunt arcam Dei, et capsellam, quae erat juxta eam, in qua erant vasa aurea, et posuerunt super lapidem grandem. Viri autem Bethsamitae obtulerunt holocausta, et immolaverunt victimas in die illa Domino.
16 And the five princes of the Philistines saw, and they returned to Accaron the same day.
Et quinque satrapae Philisthinorum viderunt, et reversi sunt in Accaron in die illa.
17 And these are the golden emerods, which the Philistines returned for sin to the Lord: For Azotus one, for Gaza one, for Ascalon one, for Geth one, for Accaron one:
Hi sunt autem ani aurei, quos reddiderunt Philisthiim pro delicto, Domino : Azotus unum, Gaza unum, Ascalon unum, Geth unum, Accaron unum :
18 And the golden mice according to the number of the cities of the Philistines, of the five provinces, from the fenced city to the village that was without wall, and to the great Abel (the stone) whereon they set down the ark of the Lord, which was till that day in the field of Josue the Bethsamite.
et mures aureos secundum numerum urbium Philisthiim, quinque provinciarum, ab urbe murata usque ad villam quae erat absque muro, et usque ad Abelmagnum, super quem posuerunt arcam Domini, quae erat usque in illum diem in agro Josue Bethsamitis.
19 But he slew of the men of Bethsames, because they had seen the ark of the Lord: and he slew of the people seventy men, and fifty thousand of the common people. And the people lamented, because the Lord had smitten the people with a great slaughter.
Percussit autem de viris Bethsamitibus, eo quod vidissent arcam Domini : et percussit de populo septuaginta viros, et quinquaginta millia plebis. Luxitque populus, eo quod Dominus percussisset plebem plaga magna.
20 And the men of Bethsames said: Who shall be able to stand before the Lord this holy God? and to whom shall he go up from us?
Et dixerunt viri Bethsamitae : Quis poterit stare in conspectu Domini Dei sancti hujus? et ad quem ascendet a nobis?
21 And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Cariathiarim, saying: The Philistines have brought back the ark of the Lord, come ye down and fetch it up to you.
Miseruntque nuntios ad habitatores Cariathiarim, dicentes : Reduxerunt Philisthiim arcam Domini, descendite, et reducite eam ad vos.