NASB — 1 Samuel 7 — KJV

Deliverance from the Philistines

1 And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took the ark of the LORD and abrought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD. 2 From the day that the ark remained at Kiriath-jearim, the time was long, for it was twenty years; and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.

[1] a2S 6:3, 4

3 ¶ Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “aIf you return to the LORD with all your heart, bremove the foreign gods and the cAshtaroth from among you and ddirect your hearts to the LORD and eserve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” 4 So the sons of Israel removed the Baals and the Ashtaroth and served the LORD alone.

[3] a1K 8:48; Is 55:7; Ho 6:1; Jol 2:12-14 bGn 35:2; Jsh 24:14, 23; Jg 10:16 cJg 2:13; 1S 31:10 dDt 13:4; 2Ch 19:3 eDt 6:13; 10:20; 13:4; Jsh 24:14; Mt 4:10; Lk 4:8

5 ¶ Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel to aMizpah and bI will pray to the LORD for you.” 6 They gathered to Mizpah, and drew water and apoured it out before the LORD, and bfasted on that day and said there, “cWe have sinned against the LORD.” And Samuel judged the sons of Israel at Mizpah.

[5] aJg 10:17; 20:1 b1S 8:6; 12:17-19
[6] a1S 1:15; Ps 62:8; Lm 2:19 bLv 16:29; Ne 9:1 cJg 10:10; 1K 8:47; Ps 106:6

7 ¶ Now when the Philistines heard that the sons of Israel had gathered to Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the sons of Israel heard it, athey were afraid of the Philistines. 8 Then the sons of Israel said to Samuel, “aDo not cease to cry to the LORD our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines.” 9 Samuel took aa suckling lamb and offered it for a whole burnt offering to the LORD; and Samuel cried to the LORD for Israel and bthe LORD answered him. 10 Now Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, and the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But athe LORD thundered with a great Ithunder on that day against the Philistines and bconfused them, so that they were IIrouted before Israel. 11 The men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and struck them down as far as below Beth-car.

[7] a1S 13:6; 17:11
[8] a1S 12:19-24; Is 37:4
[9] aLv 22:27 bPs 99:6; Jr 15:1
[10] ILit voice IILit smitten a1S 2:10; 2S 22:14, 15; Ps 29:3, 4 bJsh 10:10; Ps 18:14

12 ¶ Then Samuel atook a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it IEbenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.” 13 aSo the Philistines were subdued and bthey did not come anymore within the border of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. 14 The cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even to Gath; and Israel delivered their territory from the hand of the Philistines. So there was peace between Israel and athe Amorites.

[12] II.e. The stone of help aGn 35:14; Jsh 4:9; 24:26
[13] aJg 13:1-15 b1S 13:5
[14] aNu 13:29; Jsh 10:5-10

Samuel’s Ministry

15 ¶ Now Samuel ajudged Israel all the days of his life. 16 He used to go annually on circuit to aBethel and bGilgal and cMizpah, and he judged Israel in all these places. 17 Then his return [was] to aRamah, for his house [was] there, and there he judged Israel; and he bbuilt there an altar to the LORD.

[15] a1S 7:6
[16] aGn 28:19; 35:6 bJsh 5:9, 10 c1S 7:5
[17] a1S 1:1, 19; 2:11 bJg 21:4


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They of Kirjath-Jearim bring the Ark into the house of Abinadab, and sanctify Eleazar his son to keep it.

1 ¶ And 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.

[1] Jsh 18:14; 1S 6:21; 2S 6:2, 3; 1Ch 13:5, 7; Ps 132:6; Is 52:11.

After twenty years

2 And 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.

[2] Jg 2:4; Jr 3:13, 22; 31:9; Zc 12:10; Mt 5:4; 2Co 7:10.

the Israelites, by Samuel's means, solemnly repent at Mizpeh.

3 ¶ And Samuel 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. 4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only. 5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD. 6 And 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 in Mizpeh. 7 And 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. 8 And 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.

[3] Gn 35:2; Dt 6:13; 10:20; 13:4; 30:2, 6; Jsh 24:14, 23; Jg 2:13; 10:6; 1K 8:48; 1Ch 22:19; 28:9; 2Ch 30:19; Jb 11:13; Pv 16:1; Is 55:7; Jr 4:3; Ezk 18:31; Ho 6:1; 14:1; Jol 2:12; Mt 4:10; 6:24; 15:8; Lk 4:8; Jn 4:24.
[4] Jg 2:11, 13; 10:15; 1K 11:33; Ho 14:3, 8.
[5] Jsh 15:38; Jg 20:1; 1S 7:12, 16; 10:17; 12:23; 2K 25:23; Ne 9:1; Jol 2:16.
[6] Lv 26:40; Nu 29:35; Jg 3:10; 10:10; 1S 1:15; 2S 14:14; 1K 8:47; 2Ch 20:3; Ezr 8:21; 9:5; Ne 9:1, 27; Jb 16:20; 33:27; 40:4; 42:6; Ps 6:6; 38:3; 42:3; 106:6; 119:136; Jr 3:13; 9:1; 31:19; Lm 2:11, 18; 3:49; Ezk 20:4; Dn 9:3; Jol 2:12; Jna 3:1; Lk 15:18.
[7] Ex 14:10; 1S 13:6; 17:11; 2Ch 20:3.
[8] 1S 12:19; Is 37:4; 62:1, 6; Jm 5:16.

While Samuel prayeth and sacrificeth, the LORD discomfiteth the Philistines by thunder at Eben-ezer.

9 ¶ And 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. 10 And 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. 11 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until [they came] under Bethcar. 12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set [it] between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.

[9] Jg 6:26, 28; 1S 6:14; 7:17; 9:12; 10:8; 16:2; 1K 18:30; Ps 50:15; 99:6; Jr 15:1; Jm 5:16.
[10] Ex 9:23; Dt 20:3; Jsh 10:10; Jg 4:15; 5:8, 20; 1S 2:10; 12:17; Ps 18:11; 77:16; 97:3; Zc 4:6; Rv 16:18.
[11] 1S 7:11.
[12] Gn 22:14; 28:18; 31:45; 35:14; Ex 17:15; Jsh 4:9, 20; 24:26; 1S 4:1; 5:1; Ps 71:6, 17; Is 19:19; 46:3; Ac 26:22; 2Co 1:10.

The Philistines are subdued.

13 ¶ So 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. 14 And 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.

[13] Jg 13:1; 1S 13:1; 14:6, 20; 17:49; 28:3; 31:1.
[14] Dt 7:2, 16; Jg 4:17; Ps 106:34.

Samuel peaceably and religiously judgeth Israel.

15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. 16 And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places. 17 And his return [was] to Ramah; for there [was] his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the LORD.

[15] Jg 2:16; 3:10; 1S 7:6; 12:1; 25:1; Ac 13:20.
[16] Jg 5:10; 10:4; 12:14; 1S 8:17; Ps 75:2; 82:3.
[17] Gn 12:7; 33:20; 35:7; Jg 21:5; 1S 1:1, 19; 8:4; 11:15; 19:18; 1K 18:30.


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