1 Samuel

1 Samuel 7 ©

1The ark is brought into the house of Abinadab at Kirjath-jearim, where it is kept by one of his sons, and abideth twenty years. 3At the exhortation of Samuel the Israelites solemnly repent at Mizpeh. 7The people are alarmed with an irruption of the Philistines. 9While Samuel prayeth and sacrificeth, the Lord discomfiteth the Philistines with thunder at Eben-ezer. 13The Philistines are subdued. 15Samuel peaceably and religiously judgeth Israel.

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AND the amen of Kirjath-jearim 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.

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And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jearim, that the time was blong; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel clamented after the LORD.

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¶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.

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Then the children of Israel hdid put away iBaalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only.

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And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to jMizpeh, and kI will pray for you unto the LORD.

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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.

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And when the Philistines pheard 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 qafraid of the Philistines.

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And the children of Israel said to Samuel, 1Cease rnot to cry unto the LORD our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.

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¶And Samuel took a ssucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the LORD: and tSamuel cried unto the LORD for Israel; and the LORD 2heard him.

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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.

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And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Beth-car.

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Then Samuel vtook a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it 3Eben-ezer, saying, w*Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.

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xSo the Philistines were subdued, and ythey came no more into the coast of Israel: and zthe hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.

y ch. 13.5.
z ch. 5.9.
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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.

a Jos. 15.11,45,46. ch. 5.8.
b ch. 17.4.
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And Samuel ejudged Israel all the days of his life.

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4And he fwent from year to year in circuit to gBeth-el, and Gilgal, and hMizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places.

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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.