1 Samuel 7
They of Kirjath-Jearim bring the Ark into the house of Abinadab, and sanctify Eleazar his son to keep it.
1 Samuel 7:1 And the men of Kariathiarim came & set vp the arcke of the Lord & brought it into the house of Abinadab in Gabaah, & sanctified Eleazar hys sonne to wayte vpon the arcke of the Lorde.
After twenty years
1 Samuel 7:2 And whyle the arcke abode in Kariathiarim, the dayes multyplyed, that it was twentye yeares, & all Israel lamented after the Lorde.
the Israelites, by Samuel's means, solemnly repent at Mizpeh.
1 Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spake vnto al Israel, saying: yf ye become agayne vnto the Lorde wyth al youre hertes, then put awaye the straunge Goddes from among you, & Astharoth, & prepare your hertes vnto the Lorde, & serue hym alone, & so shal he rydde you out of the handes of the Philistines. 1 Samuel 7:4 And then the chyldren of Israel, did put awaye Baalim and Astaroth, & serued the Lorde onelye. 1 Samuel 7:5 Then sayd Samuel: gather al Israel to Mazphah, þt I maye pray for you vnto the Lorde. 1 Samuel 7:6 And they gathered together to Mazphah, & drue water & poured it out before the Lorde, & fasted the same daye, & sayde there: we haue synned agaynst þe Lord. And Samuel iudged the causes of the chyldren of Israel in Mazphah. 1 Samuel 7:7 When the Philistines heard þt the children of Israel were gathered together to Mazphah, þe Lordes of the Philistynes went vp agaynste Israel. And when the chyldren of Israel heard that, they were afraid of the Philistines 1 Samuel 7:8 & sayd to Samuel: cease not to crye vnto the Lorde oure God for vs, that he maye saue vs out of the handes of the Philistines.
While Samuel prayeth and sacrificeth, the LORD discomfiteth the Philistines by thunder at Eben-ezer.
1 Samuel 7:9 And Samuel toke a suckyng lambe & offered it all together for a burntofferyng, vnto the Lorde, and cryed vnto the Lord for Israel: & the Lorde hearde him. 1 Samuel 7:10 And as Samuel offered the burntofferyng, the Philistines came to fyght agaynst Israel. But the Lorde thundered a great thunder that same daye vpon the Philistines, & turmoyled them, that they were beaten before Israel. 1 Samuel 7:11 And the men of Israel issued out of Mazphah & pursued the Philistines & slue them, vntil they came vnder Bethcar. 1 Samuel 7:12 And then Samuel toke a stone, & pitched it betwene Mazphah & Sen, & called the name therof the stone of help, saying: thus farre hath the Lorde holp vs.
The Philistines are subdued.
1 Samuel 7:13 And so þe Philistines were broughte vnder þt they came no more into the coastes of Israell: for the hande of the Lorde was vpon the Philistines all the dayes of Samuel. 1 Samuel 7:14 Therto the cityes which the Philistines had taken from Israel, came again to Israel, euen from Acaron to Geth, with the coastes of the same, which Israel plucked out of the handes of þe Philistines For there was peace betwene Israell & the Amorites.
Samuel peaceably and religiously judgeth Israel.
1 Samuel 7:15 And Samuel iudged Israel all the dayes of hys lyfe, 1 Samuel 7:16 & went about yere by yere, to Bethel Galgal & Mazphah, and iudged Israel in all those places, 1 Samuel 7:17 & came agayne to Ramath: for there was hys house, and there he iudged Israell, & there he buylt an aultare vnto the Lorde.