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And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

5:4 upon his face. It was as though the god Dagon was falling prostrate before the true God. Undoubtedly this inadvertent act of “worship” had a profound effect on the idolatrous Philistines.

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