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And the kine took the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of Bethshemesh.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

6:12 lowing as they went. The cows had been separated from their calves (I Samuel 6:10) and so kept up a perpetual lowing as they were impelled in spite of themselves to head straight for Beth-shemesh just across the Philistine border in Israel. This surely made a profound impression on all the Philistine people who were observing them.

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