F I R S T S A M U E L
In this chapter we have the return of the ark to
the land of Israel, whither we are now gladly to attend it, and
observe, I. How the Philistines dismissed it, by the advice of
their priests (ver.
1-11), with rich presents to the God of Israel, to make
an atonement for their sin (ver.
3-5), and yet with a project to bring it back, unless
Providence directed the kine, contrary to their inclination, to go
to the land of Israel, ver. 8,
9. II. How the Israelites entertained it. 1. With great
joy and sacrifices of praise, ver.
12-18. 2. With an over-bold curiosity to look into it,
for which many of them were struck dead, the terror of which moved
them to send it forward to another city, ver. 19-21.