1 Samuel 7
the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill,
and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.
it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house
of Israel lamented after the LORD.
spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange
gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out
of the hand of the Philistines.
children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only.
5And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.
6And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before
the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel
7And when the Philistines heard
that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when
the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines.
8And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the LORD our God for us, that he
will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.
Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD for Israel;
and the LORD heard him.
10And as Samuel was
offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder
on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.
11And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote
them, until they came under Bethcar.
Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD
13So the Philistines were subdued,
and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.
14And the cities which the Philistines had
taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the
hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
15And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.
16And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in
all those places.
17And his return was to
Ramah; for there was his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the LORD.