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1 Samuel 5:7 -

His hand is sore upon us. The epidemic was evidently very painful, and, as appears from 1 Samuel 5:11 , fatal in numerous instances. Connecting this outbreak with the prostrate condition and subsequent mutilation of their god, the people of Ashdod recognised in their affliction the hand, i.e. the power, of Jehovah, and determined to send away the ark, the symbol of his ill omened presence among them.

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