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1 Samuel 7

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1 And the inhabitants of Kiriath-jarim came and took the ark of the Lord, and brought it to the house of Aminadab, on a hill, and Eleazar his son was dedicated to keep the ark of the Lord.
2 Since the day the ark remained in Kiriath-jarim, much time has passed, twenty years. And the whole house of Israel turned to the Lord.

3 And Samuel said to the whole house of Israel, saying: if you are turning to the Lord with all your heart, then remove the foreign gods and Astarte from among yourselves and place your heart in the Lord and serve Him alone, and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.
4 And the sons of Israel Baal and Astartes removed and began to serve the Lord alone.
5 And Samuel said: Gather all the Israelites to Mizpeh, and I will pray to the Lord for you.
6 And they gathered at Massiph, and drew water, and spilled before the Lord, and fasted that day, saying: We have sinned before the Lord. And Samuel judged the sons of Israel at Mizpah.

7 When the Philistines heard that the sons of Israel had gathered at Massiph, then the lords of the Philistines went to Israel. The Israelites, having heard [of that], were afraid of the Philistines.
eight And the sons of Israel said to Samuel, Do not stop crying out to us to the Lord our God, that he might save us from the hand of the Philistines.
nine And Samuel took one lamb from the nipples, and offered it as a burnt offering to the Lord, and Samuel called to the Lord about Israel, and the Lord heard him.
ten And when Samuel offered the burnt offering, the Philistines came to war with Israel. But the Lord thundered that day with a great thunder over the Philistines and terrified them, and they were defeated before Israel.
eleven And the Israelites came out from Mizpeh, and persecuted the Philistines, and smote them to the place near Bethor.
12 And Samuel took one stone, and set it between Mizpeh and between Seine, and called it Aven-Jezer, saying: unto this place the Lord hath helped us.

13 So the Philistines were pacified, and no longer went into the borders of Israel; and the hand of the Lord was on the Philistines all the days of Samuel.
fourteen And the cities that the Philistines took from Israel, from Akaron to Geth, were returned to Israel, and Israel freed their borders from the hands of the Philistines, and there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
fifteen And Samuel was a judge of Israel all the days of his life:
16 from year to year he went and went around Bethel, and Gilgal and Massiph, and judged Israel in all these places;
17 then he returned to Rama; for [there] was his house, and there he judged Israel, and built there an altar to the Lord.

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