Tread Not There
Dagon was an idol of the Philistines whose image historians have believed to have been half man and half fish. A temple in honor of Dagon stood in Ash— dodo I Samuel, beginning at Chapter Four, records a profound military loss of the Israelites at the hands of the Philistines, who captured the Ark of the Covenant and placed it in the Dagonian temple. The next day, the image of Dagon was found toppled before the ark, and was set again in its place. On the morning next, the image was found toppled again and also broken at the threshold. From that time forward, no priest of Dagon in Ashdod would tread upon the threshold of the idol t s temple. Less than twenty years later, it would be the Dagonian temple in Gaza that Samson, at the Sixteenth of Judges, would cause to collapse upon a host of Philistine citizens and dignitaries. Though the heathen intended great dishonor to the God of Israel, it was ultimately to them and their idol that the greater dishonor was paid. Where Jehovah is given no honor, tread not there.
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