The Philistines were pretty excited to have captured the Hebrews’ God. They carried it to Ashdod and sat it next to the idol of Dagon (their god). Next morning, however, they awoke to find the statue of Dagon toppled and its head and hands cut off and placed in the doorway of their temple.
This freaked everyone out pretty badly, but before long things got even worse. By that afternoon people started developing tumors and other weird growths. Within a few days, the disease had spread all through the country side. Before too long the town leaders were all, this Hebrew God has got to go. So they decided to ship the Ark off to Gath. But the same thing happened in Gath, so those people shipped the Ark off to Ekron. But the people of Ekron were all, hell no! we’re not taking that thing. It’s like to kill us all! Send it back to the Hebrews.