1 Samuel 7
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1 Samuel 7
And the men of Qiryath Ye'arim came and took the ark of YHWH, and brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and set apart El'azar his son to guard the ark of YHWH.
Samuel Subdues the Philistines at Mizpah...
And it came to be, from the day that the ark remained in Qiryath Ye`arim, that the time increased, it came to be twenty years. And all the house of Yisra`el lamented after YHWH.
And Shemu`el spoke to all the house of Yisra`el, saying, `If you return to YHWH with all your hearts, then put away the foreign mighty ones and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts for YHWH, and serve Him only, so that He delivers you from the hand of the Philistines.`
And the children of Yisra`el put away the Ba`als and Ashtaroth, and served YHWH only.
And Shemu'el said, 'Gather all Yisra'el to Mitspah and let me pray to YHWH for you.'
And they gathered to Mitspah and drew water, and poured it out before YHWH. And they fasted that day, and said there, 'We have sinned against YHWH.' And Shemu'el rightly ruled the children of Yisra'el at Mitspah.
And when the Philistines heard that the children of Yisra'el had gathered together at Mitspah, the princes of the Philistines went up against Yisra'el. And the children of Yisra'el heard of it, and were afraid of the Philistines.
And the children of Yisra'el said to Shemu'el, 'Do not cease to cry out to YHWH our Elohim for us, that He would save us from the hand of the Philistines.'
And Shemu'el took a suckling lamb and offered it as a burnt offering, completely, to YHWH. And Shemu'el cried out to YHWH for Yisra'el, and YHWH answered him.
And it came to be, as Shemu'el offered up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Yisra'el. But YHWH thundered with a great noise on that day on the Philistines, and troubled them, and they were smitten before Yisra'el.
And the men of Yisra'el went out from Mitspah and pursued the Philistines, and drove them back as far as below Beyth Kar.
And Shemu'el took a stone and set it up between Mitspah and Shen, and called its name Eben Ha'ezer, saying, 'Thus far YHWH has helped us.'
Thus the Philistines were humbled, and no longer came into the border of Yisra'el. And the hand of YHWH was against the Philistines all the days of Shemu'el.
And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Yisra'el were returned to Yisra'el, from Eqron to Gath. And Yisra'el recovered its border from the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Yisra'el and the Amorites.
And Shemu'el rightly ruled Yisra'el all the days of his life,
and each year he made the rounds of Beyth El, and Gilgal, and Mitspah, and rightly ruled Yisra'el in all those places.
Then he returned to Ramah, for his home was there. And there he rightly ruled Yisra'el, and there he built an altar to YHWH.
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