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Then said they, What shall be the trespass offering which we shall return to him? They answered, Five golden emerods, and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines: for one plague was on you all, and on your lords.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

6:4 number of the lords. These five were presumably the chieftains of the five main cities of the Philistines—Ashdad, Gaza, Askelon, Gath and Ekron (I Samuel 6:16-17; also Joshua 13:3).

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