1 Samuel 5:1-12, NLT
1 Samuel 5
The Ark in Philistia
1After the Philistines captured the Ark of God, they took it from the battleground at Ebenezer to the town of Ashdod.
6Then the Lord’s heavy hand struck the people of Ashdod and the nearby villages with a plague of tumors.*5:6 Greek version and Latin Vulgate read tumors; and rats appeared in their land, and death and destruction were throughout the city.
The rulers discussed it and replied, “Move it to the town of Gath.” So they moved the Ark of the God of Israel to Gath.
10So they sent the Ark of God to the town of Ekron, but when the people of Ekron saw it coming they cried out, “They are bringing the Ark of the God of Israel here to kill us, too!”