19 God struck down the people of Beth-shemesh because they looked inside the ark of the Lord.[a](A) He struck down seventy persons.[b] The people mourned because the Lord struck them with a great slaughter. 20 The people of Beth-shemesh asked, “Who is able to stand in the presence of the Lord this holy God?(B) To whom should the ark go from here?”

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Footnotes

  1. 6:19 LXX reads But the sons of Jeconiah did not rejoice with the men of Beth-shemesh when they saw the ark of the Lord.
  2. 6:19 Some Hb mss, Josephus; other Hb mss read 70 men, 50,000 men

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