“Do not come closer,” He said. “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”(A)

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19 God struck down the men of Beth-shemesh because they looked inside the ark of the Lord.[a](A) He struck down 70 men out of 50,000 men.[b] The people mourned because the Lord struck them with a great slaughter.

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  1. 1 Samuel 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. 1 Samuel 6:19 Some Hb mss, Josephus read 70 men; other Hb mss read 50,070 men

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