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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Samuel 6:10-18

We are here told, I. How the Philistines dismissed the ark, 1 Sam. 6:10, 11. They were made as glad to part with it as ever they had been to take it. As God had fetched Israel out of the house of bondage, so now he fetched the ark out of its captivity, in such a manner as that Egypt was glad when they departed, Ps. 105:38. 1. They received no money or price for the ransom of it, as they hoped to do, even beyond a king's ransom. Thus it is prophesied of Cyrus (Isa. 45:13), He shall let go my... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 6:15

And the Levites took down the ark of the Lord ,.... Or, "had took it down" F24 הורידו "deposuerant", Meudoza; so Pool. ; for this, though here related, was done as soon as the ark came into the field, or quickly after, and before the burnt offering could be made, which was burnt with the wood of the cart; and though the persons that took it down are called Levites, they were priests, who were of the tribe of Levi; for it was the work of the priests to take it down, though the Levites... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Samuel 6:15

The Levites took down - It appears there were some of the tribe of Levi among the people of Beth-shemesh: to them appertained the service of the tabernacle. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Samuel 6:10-15

Restored blessings. The facts are— 1 . The kine bearing the ark, contrary to their instincts, go away from their home to Beth-shemesh. 2 . The men of Beth-shemesh, seeing the returning ark, leave their occupations, and express their joy in sacrificial worship. 3 . The Levites, exceeding their privileges, open the ark and examine its sacred contents. 4 . The representatives of the Philistines observe the issue of their experiment and return. The rapid succession of incidents... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Samuel 6:15

The Levites took down the ark. Naturally, in a city of which priests formed the ruling caste, the people would be acquainted with the general nature of the regulations of the law. Apparently it was only after the sacrificial feast that they forgot the reverence due to the symbol of Jehovah's presence among them. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Samuel 6:15

The word “Levites” here probably means priests Exodus 4:14, sons of Levi, since Bethshemesh was one of the cities of the priests Joshua 21:13-16. The burnt offering of the kine was not in any sense the offering of the men of Bethshemesh, but rather of the Philistine lords to whom the cart and the kine belonged. But the Bethshemites themselves, in token of their gratitude for such a signal mercy, now offered both burnt offerings and sacrifices, probably peace offerings, and doubtless feasted... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 6:1-21

The ark returns (5:1-7:1)Although God used the Philistines to judge Israel, he would not allow them to dishonour him. He showed that the capture of the ark did not mean that he was inferior to the Philistine god Dagon (5:1-5). Wherever the ark went it brought trouble to the Philistine people. A plague of mice seems to have spread a painful and deadly disease throughout the country, bringing widespread suffering and death (6-12; cf. 6:5).The Philistines felt fairly certain that the ark was the... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Samuel 6:15

sacrificed sacrifices = made great sacrifices. Figure of speech Polyptoton. App-6 . See note on Genesis 26:28 . Genesis 26:17 Ashdod one. See note on Genesis 10:14 . read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Samuel 6:10-18

2. The return of the ark to Bethshemesh 6:10-18Bethshemesh was the closest Israelite town to Ekron. It stood about 12 miles east-southeast of Ekron. To get there the cows walked east up the Sorek Valley, Samson’s home area. Evidently the Israelites, who were reaping their wheat harvest (in June) when the ark appeared, remembered that only Levites were to handle the ark (Numbers 4:15-20; 1 Samuel 6:15). Bethshemesh was a Levitical town (Joshua 21:13-16; 1 Chronicles 6:57-59), so Levites were... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Samuel 6:1-21

The Philistines return the Ark to Israel2. The diviners] The Philistines appear to have been notorious for their attachment to divination: see on Isaiah 2:6. 3. The trespass offering was always brought to atone for some wrong done to, or some right withheld from, God or man. 5. Aristotle relates that in harvest entire crops were sometimes destroyed in a single night by the ravages of field-mice.7. The new cart and the kine who had worn no yoke were signs of respect. 9. Under ordinary... read more

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