1 Samuel 7

The Ark Returned to Israel

1 Then the men of a Kirjath Jearim came and took the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of b Abinadab on the hill, and c consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD. 2 So it was that the ark remained in Kirjath Jearim a long time; it was there twenty years. And all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.

Samuel Judges Israel

3 Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, "If you d return to the LORD with all your hearts, then e put away the foreign gods and the f Ashtoreths 1 2 from among you, and g prepare your hearts for the LORD, and h serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines." 4 So the children of Israel put away the i Baals and the 3 Ashtoreths, 4 and served the LORD only.

5 And Samuel said, j "Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and k I will pray to the LORD for you." 6 So they gathered together at Mizpah, l drew water, and poured it out before the LORD. And they m fasted that day, and said there, n "We have sinned against the LORD." And Samuel judged the children of Israel at Mizpah. 7 Now when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel had gathered together at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines. 8 So the children of Israel said to Samuel, o "Do not cease to cry out to the LORD our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines." 9 And Samuel took a p suckling lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. Then q Samuel cried out to the LORD for Israel, and the LORD answered him. 10 Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. r But the LORD thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so confused them that they were overcome before Israel. 11 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and 5 drove them back as far as below Beth Car.

12 Then Samuel s took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name 6 Ebenezer, 7 saying, "Thus far the LORD has helped us." 13 t So the Philistines were subdued, and they u did not come anymore into the territory of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. 14 Then the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron to Gath; and Israel recovered its territory from the hands of the Philistines. Also there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.

15 And Samuel v judged Israel all the days of his life. 16 He went from year to year on a circuit to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah, and judged Israel in all those places. 17 But w he always returned to Ramah, for his home was there. There he judged Israel, and there he x built an altar to the LORD.

  1. Cross References
    Joshua 9:17
    Then the children of Israel journeyed and came ...
    Joshua 15:9
    Then the border went around from the top of the...
    Joshua 15:60
    Kirjath Baal (which is Kirjath Jearim) and Rabb...
    Joshua 18:14
    Then the border extended around the west side t...
    Judges 18:12
    Then they went up and encamped in Kirjath Jeari...
    1 Chronicles 13:5
    So David gathered all Israel together, from Shi...
    1 Chronicles 13:6
    And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, to ...
  2. Cross References
    1 Samuel 6:21
    So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath Jearim, saying, "The Philistines have brought back the ark of the LORD; come down and take it up with you.
    Psalms 132:6
    Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah; We found it in the fields of the woods.
  3. Cross References
    2 Samuel 6:3
    So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart.
    2 Samuel 6:4
    And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark.
  4. Cross References
    Leviticus 21:8
    Therefore you shall consecrate him, for he offers the bread of your God. He shall be holy to you, for I the LORD, who sanctify you, am holy.
  5. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 30:2 - 10
    And you return to the LORD your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul.
    1 Kings 8:48
    And when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who led them away captive, and pray to You toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name:
    Isaiah 55:7
    Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
    Hosea 6:1
    Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
    Joel 2:12 - 14
    "Now, therefore," says the LORD, "Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning."
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 35:2
    And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments.
    Joshua 24:14
    Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!
    Joshua 24:23
    "Now therefore," he said, "put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel."
    Judges 10:16
    So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD. And His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel.
  7. Cross References
    Judges 2:13
    They forsook the LORD and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.
    1 Samuel 31:10
    Then they put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths, and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.
  8. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 30:19
    " who prepares his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he is not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary."
    Job 11:13
    If you would prepare your heart, And stretch out your hands toward Him.
  9. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 6:13
    You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him,...
    Deuteronomy 10:20
    You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall ser...
    Deuteronomy 13:4
    You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear...
    Joshua 24:14
    Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sinc...
    Matthew 4:10
    Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! ...
    Luke 4:8
    And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind...
  10. Cross References
    Judges 2:11
    Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals.
    Judges 10:16
    So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD. And His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel.
  11. Cross References
    Judges 10:17
    Then the people of Ammon gathered together and encamped in Gilead. And the children of Israel assembled together and encamped in Mizpah.
    Judges 20:1
    So all the children of Israel came out, from Dan to Beersheba, as well as from the land of Gilead, and the congregation gathered together as one man before the LORD at Mizpah.
    1 Samuel 10:17
    Then Samuel called the people together to the LORD at Mizpah.
  12. Cross References
    1 Samuel 12:17 - 19
    " Is today not the wheat harvest? I will call to the LORD, and He will send thunder and rain, that you may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking a king for yourselves."
  13. Cross References
    2 Samuel 14:14
    For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him.
  14. Cross References
    Judges 20:26
    Then all the children of Israel, that is, all the people, went up and came to the house of God and wept. They sat there before the LORD and fasted that day until evening; and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
    Nehemiah 9:1
    Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads.
    Nehemiah 9:2
    Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
    Daniel 9:3 - 5
    Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
    Joel 2:12
    "Now, therefore," says the LORD, "Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning."
  15. Cross References
    Judges 10:10
    And the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, saying, "We have sinned against You, because we have both forsaken our God and served the Baals!
    1 Samuel 12:10
    "Then they cried out to the LORD, and said, 'We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD and served the Baals and Ashtoreths; but now deliver us from the hand of our enemies, and we will serve You.'
    1 Kings 8:47
    Yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of those who took them captive, saying, 'We have sinned and done wrong, we have committed wickedness'.
    Psalms 106:6
    We have sinned with our fathers, We have committed iniquity, We have done wickedly.
  16. Cross References
    1 Samuel 12:19 - 24
    And all the people said to Samuel, "Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking a king for ourselves.
    Isaiah 37:4
    'It may be that the LORD your God will hear the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the LORD your God has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.'"
  17. Cross References
    Leviticus 22:27
    When a bull or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall be seven days with its mother; and from the eighth day and thereafter it shall be accepted as an offering made by fire to the LORD.
  18. Cross References
    1 Samuel 12:18
    So Samuel called to the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.
    Psalms 99:6
    Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called upon His name; They called upon the LORD, and He answered them.
    Jeremiah 15:1
    Then the LORD said to me, " Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind would not be favorable toward this people. Cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth.
  19. Cross References
    Joshua 10:10
    So the LORD routed them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, chased them along the road that goes to Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah.
    2 Samuel 22:14
    The LORD thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice.
    2 Samuel 22:15
    He sent out arrows and scattered them; Lightning bolts, and He vanquished them.
    Psalms 18:13
    The LORD thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.
    Psalms 18:14
    He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.
  20. Cross References
    Genesis 28:18
    Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it.
    Genesis 35:14
    So Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He talked with him, a pillar of stone; and he poured a drink offering on it, and he poured oil on it.
    Joshua 4:9
    Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant stood; and they are there to this day.
    Joshua 24:26
    Then Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the LORD.
  21. Cross References
    Judges 13:1
    Again the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.
  22. Cross References
    1 Samuel 13:5
    Then the Philistines gathered together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the seashore in multitude. And they came up and encamped in Michmash, to the east of Beth Aven.
  23. Cross References
    1 Samuel 12:11
    And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, Bedan, Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side; and you dwelt in safety.
  24. Cross References
    1 Samuel 8:4
    Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.
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