1; The Philistines having brought the ark into Ashdod, set it
in the house of Dagon.
3; Dagon is smitten down and cut in pieces, and they of Ashdod
smitten with emerods.
8; So God deals with them of Gath, when it was brought
10; and so with them of Ekron, when it was brought thither.
4:11,17,18,22 Ps 78:61
Ashdod, called Azotus by the Greeks, was one of the five
satrapies of the Philistines, and a place of great strength
and consequence. It was situated near the Mediterranean,
between Askelon and Jamnia, thirty-four miles north of Gaza,
according to Diodorus Siculus, and the Antonine and Jerusalem
Itineraries. It is now called Shdood; and Dr. Richardson says
they neither saw nor heard of any ruins there. "The ground,"
he observes, "around Ashdod is beautifully undulating, but not
half stocked with cattle. The site of the town is on the
summit of a grassy hill; and, if we are to believe historians,
was anciently as strong as it was beautiful."
Jos 11:22 Ac 8:40