Journey of the Aron (Ark of the Covenant)

I Samuel 4:1-7:2, II Samuel 6:2-17, Exodus 39

This map traces the journey of the Ark of the Covenant from the Tabernacle in Shiloh to the City of David in Jerusalem, as described in I Samuel 4:1-7:2 and II Samuel 6:2-17.

  1. Shiloh was the home of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) for 369 years. After losing a battle to the Philistines, the Children of Israel take the Ark of the Covenant from the Mishkan in Shiloh to the battlefield, hoping that the Ark’s presence would protect them (I Samuel 4:3-4).
  2. Even Ha-Ezer is where the Israelites set up camp for their battle against the Philistines (I Samuel 4:1). The Ark is brought from Shiloh to Even Ha-Ezer, where it is captured (I Samuel 4:11)
  3. After defeating the Israelites and capturing the Ark, the Philistines bring the Ark from Even Ha-Ezer to the Philistine city of Ashdod, where they place it in the temple of their god, Dagon (I Samuel 5:1-2). As a result, the statue of Dagon collapses and God sends a plague upon the people of Ashdod (I Samuel 5:3-7).
  4. The Ark is moved from Ashdod to the Philistine city of Gat (I Samuel 5:8), where the people of Gat also suffer from the godly plague (I Samuel 5:9).
  5. From Gat, the Ark is brought to the Philistine city of Ekron. The people of Ekron also suffer and demand that the Ark be sent back to Israel (I Samuel 5:10-11).
  6. Fearing death, the Philistines send the Ark back to Israelite city of Bet Shemesh (I Samuel 6:11-12). The people of Bet Shemesh rejoice over the Ark but are punished for gazing at it (I Samuel 6:19-21).
  7. The people of Bet Shemesh send for the inhabitants of Kiryat Ye’arim to take the Ark. It is brought to the house of Avinadav in Kiryat Ye’arim where it remains for 20 years (I Samuel 6:21-7:2).
  8. After capturing the city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites, King David establishes it as the political and spiritual capital of his kingdom. He sends for the Ark at the house of Avinadav in Kiryat Ye’arim.  Though it is placed in the home of Oved Edom the Gittite for three months, it eventually reaches its ultimate destination (II Samuel 6:2-17).

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  • Steve

    What about 1 Chronicles 16:37ff. where it says that the Aron remained at Gibeon (till Solomon erected the Temple in Jerusalem) although chs.15 & 16 strongly suggest that it was brought to Jerusalem?


    what is the 5 books moses is taking about in the movie the ten commandements


    I was waching the movie the ten commondats an moses said to put the 5 books in ark of convent wiith ten commendents what the 5 books

    • Anna

      The Pentateuch that Moses wrote for God. The 1st five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy

    • J Jacob

      The 10 commandments (written by God, Deut 10.2) were placed inside the Ark and the 5 books written by Moses were placed beside the Ark. (Deut 31.26)

  • Donald L Lunsford

    Saul had the Priest of Nob killed, was not the Ark there?

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  • Virgil M Taylor

    I love this. It was to the point and easy to follow and it answered my question

  • Glenda Hall

    Many Blessings to you for sharing your abundant wisdom in such an enlightening presentation. Thank you.

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