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But the hand of Yahweh was heavy on the people of Ashdod, and he destroyed them and struck them with tumors, even Ashdod and its territory. Bible other translations

“But the hand of Yahweh was heavy on the people of Ashdod.” The hands of Dagon had been cut off and he was powerless, but the hand of Yahweh was “heavy” (or glorious) upon Ashdod.

“tumors.” The scholarly consensus is that this disease could have been bubonic plague which involves swelling of the lymph nodes. The Septuagint adds that there were mice, and in the Bible there was an offering of mice, so mice may have been involved, adding to the idea that there was likely some kind of plague.


Commentary for: 1 Samuel 5:6