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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - 1 Samuel 5:1-5

1-5 See the ark's triumph over Dagon. Thus the kingdom of Satan will certainly fall before the kingdom of Christ, error before truth, profaneness before godliness, and corruption before grace in the hearts of the faithful. When the interests of religion seem to be ready to sink, even then we may be confident that the day of their triumph will come. When Christ, the true Ark of the covenant, really enters the heart of fallen man, which is indeed Satan's temple, all idols will fall, every... read more

Paul E. Kretzmann

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann - 1 Samuel 5:1-7

The Ark in Ashdod. v. l And the philistines took the ark of God, which they had captured in the great battle, and brought it from Ebenezer, as the place was afterward called, unto Ashdod, a city of Philistia almost due west of the battlefield, on the Mediterranean, apparently the leading city in the federation of city-states among the Philistines. v. 2. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, their chief idol, to whose honor they had erected... read more

Johann Peter Lange

Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Critical, Doctrinal and Homiletical - 1 Samuel 5:1-12

III. The Ark and the Philistines. 1 Samuel 5:1 to 1 Samuel 7:11. The Chastisement of the Philistines for the Removal of the Ark1 Samuel 5:1-121And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto 2Ashdod. When [And] the Philistines took the ark of God,1they [and] brought 3it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. And when [om. when] they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow,2 [ins. and] behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord... read more

Frederick Brotherton Meyer

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary - 1 Samuel 5:1-12

the Captured Ark Brings Trouble 1 Samuel 5:1-12 Dagon’s fall before the Ark of God has a sublime significance. In the evening, as the priests left the temple, the hideous image stood erect on its pedestal; in the morning, it was found prostrate before the sacred symbol. A repetition of the incident proved that it was no coincidence. So shall it be with all the idols of the heathen. They shall be utterly abolished, and the demons of whom they are the grotesque representations, together with... read more

G. Campbell Morgan

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible - 1 Samuel 5:1-12

This is a story of supreme and arresting interest, showing as it does how, when the people of God fail to bear testimony for Him among the nations, He becomes His own witness. The Ark was not a charm equal to delivering disobedient Israel. It was, however, the center and symbol of their life, and Jehovah would not permit Philistia to trifle with it. If men hold their peace stones will cry out; and if the chosen people are unfaithful to God, then the very Ark, which is the symbol of His... read more

Robert Neighbour

Wells of Living Water Commentary - 1 Samuel 5:1-12

The Ark in the Land of the Philistines 1 Samuel 5:1-12 ; 1 Samuel 6:1-11 INTRODUCTORY WORDS There are several things we think should be emphasized. 1. Ebenezer means "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." What! Was the Ark of God taken from the place "where the Lord helped us," to the place of utter and ignominious defeat? Even so. It is written that He could do no mighty works in Nazareth because of their unbelief. Why was Christ helpless to demonstrate His power and His glory in the city... read more

Peter Pett

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Samuel 5:1-5

Strange Happenings In The House Of Dagon (1 Samuel 5:1-5 ). 1 Samuel 5:1 ‘ Now the Philistines had taken the ark of God, and they brought it from Eben-ezer to Ashdod.’ As already described in the previous chapter, the Philistines had ‘taken the Ark of YHWH’. They were no doubt delighted. Here indeed was a trophy that revealed the power of their gods. The gods of Israel had clearly been unable to do anything against them, and they intended to put the Ark on triumphal show in all their Temples... read more

Arthur Peake

Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Samuel 5:1-12

1 Samuel 5. The Ark in the Philistine Cities. 1 Samuel 5:1 . Ashdod. 1 Samuel 5:8 . Gath. 1 Samuel 5:10 . Ekron: see Joshua 11:22; Joshua 13:3; p 28. 1 Samuel 5:2 . Dagon: see Judges 16:23 *. 1 Samuel 5:3 . The Ark is thought of as possessing marvellous inherent powers; it brings disaster on those who treat it disrespectfully, Philistines, Bethshemites, Uzzah; and blessing on those whom it favours, Obed-edom ( Joshua 3:4 *). 1 Samuel 5:4 . stump: this word, absent from the Heb., is found in... read more

Matthew Poole

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible - 1 Samuel 5:4

The head is the seat of wisdom; the hands, the instruments of action: both are cut off, to show that he had neither wisdom nor strength to defend himself nor his worshippers. This the priests, by concealing Dagon’s shame before, make it more evident and infamous. Only the stump of Dagon, Heb. only Dagon, i.e. that part of it from which it was called Dagon, to wit, the fishy part, for dag in Hebrew signifies a fish. And hence their opinion seems most probable, that this idol of Dagon had in its... read more

Joseph Exell

Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary - 1 Samuel 5:1-5

CRITICAL AND EXPOSITORY NOTES—1 Samuel 5:1. “Ashdod.” One of the five Philistine satrapies, about thirty-two miles north of Gaza, and about a mile from the sea. It is now the little village of Esdûd.1 Samuel 5:2. “Dagon.” One of the chief Philistine deities. “With regard to the image of Dagon, compounded of a man and fish, i.e., of a human body with head and hands, and a fish’s tail, see Stark’s Gaza and Layard’s Nineveh, where there is a bas-relief from Khorsabad, in which ‘a figure is seen... read more

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