9 Then watch: If it goes up the road to Beit Shemesh, to His own territory, it was He who has inflicted this great harm on us. But if not, we shall know that it was not His hand that struck us; it just happened to us by chance.”
ur-ee-TEM im DE-rekh g’-vu-LO ya-a-LEH BAYT SHE-mesh HU A-sah LA-nu et ha-ra-AH ha-g’-do-LAH ha-ZOT v’-im LO v’-ya-DA-nu KEE LO ya-DO na-g’-AH BA-nu mik-REH HU HA-yah LA-nu
ט וּרְאִיתֶם אִם־דֶּרֶךְ גְּבוּלוֹ יַעֲלֶה בֵּית שֶׁמֶשׁ הוּא עָשָׂה לָנוּ אֶת־הָרָעָה הַגְּדוֹלָה הַזֹּאת וְאִם־לֹא וְיָדַעְנוּ כִּי לֹא יָדוֹ נָגְעָה בָּנוּ מִקְרֶה הוּא הָיָה לָנוּ׃
6:9 To Beit Shemesh
Beit Shemesh, west of Yerushalayim, is in the territory of Yehuda (Joshua 15) and is one of the cities set aside for the Leviim. In 1948, the area was significant in the fighting between Arabs and Jews. It was from this area that thirty-five fighters set off to try to rescue the besieged Jewish communities in Gush Etzion. They were discovered and massacred by Arabs before completing their mission. Shortly after the War of Independence, a new Jewish community was built in Beit Shemesh. It was first settled by immigrants from Iran, Iraq and Morocco, and later by a large Russian and Ethiopian population. In more recent years, many North American Jews have made their home in the biblical city of Beit Shemesh.