1 Samuel 7 ©
The ark is brought into the house of Abinadab at Kirjath-jearim, where it is kept by one of his sons, and abideth twenty years. At the exhortation of Samuel the Israelites solemnly repent at Mizpeh. The people are alarmed with an irruption of the Philistines. While Samuel prayeth and sacrificeth, the Lord discomfiteth the Philistines with thunder at Eben-ezer. The Philistines are subdued. Samuel peaceably and religiously judgeth Israel.
¶And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye ddo return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then eput away the *strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and fprepare your hearts unto the LORD, and gserve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and ldrew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and mfasted on that day, and said there, We nhave sinned against the LORD. And Samuel ojudged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.
And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD uthundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and *discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.
And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Beth-car.
And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from aEkron even unto bGath; and the *coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And cthere was peace between Israel and the dAmorites.
And his return was to iRamah; for there was his house; and there he judged Israel; and jthere he built an altar unto the LORD.