But now it was that the wrath of God overtook them, and struck seventy
of the village of Bethshemesh dead, who, not being priests, and so not
worthy to touch the ark, had approached to it. Those of that village wept
for these that had thus suffered, and made such a lamentation as was naturally
to be expected on so great a misfortune that was sent from God; and every
one mourned for his own relation. And since they acknowledged themselves
unworthy of the ark's abode with them, they sent to the public senate of
the Israelites, and informed them that the ark was restored by the Philistines;
which when they knew, they brought it away to Kirjathjearim, a city in
the neighborhood of Bethshemesh. In this city lived one Abinadab, by birth
a Levite, and who was greatly commended for his righteous and religious
course of life; so they brought the ark to his house, as to a place fit
for God himself to abide in, since therein did inhabit a righteous man.
His sons also ministered to the Divine service at the ark, and were the
principal curators of it for twenty years; for so many years it continued
in Kirjathjearim, having been but four months with the Philistines.