So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the LORD only.
Then Samuel1 said, "Assemble all Israel at Mizpah2 and I will intercede3 with the LORD for you."
When they had assembled at Mizpah,4 they drew water and poured5 it out before the LORD. On that day they fasted and there they confessed, "We have sinned against the LORD." And Samuel was leadera6 of Israel at Mizpah.
When the Philistines heard that Israel had assembled at Mizpah, the rulers of the Philistines came up to attack them. And when the Israelites heard of it, they were afraid7 because of the Philistines.
They said to Samuel, "Do not stop crying8 out to the LORD our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines."
Then Samuel9 took a suckling lamb and offered it up as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. He cried out to the LORD on Israel's behalf, and the LORD answered him.1010
While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to engage Israel in battle. But that day the LORD thundered11 with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic12 that they were routed before the Israelites.
The men of Israel rushed out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, slaughtering them along the way to a point below Beth Car.
Then Samuel took a stone13 and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer,b14 saying, "Thus far has the LORD helped us."
So the Philistines were subdued15 and did not invade Israelite territory again. Throughout Samuel's lifetime, the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines.
The towns from Ekron16 to Gath that the Philistines had captured from Israel were restored to her, and Israel delivered the neighboring territory from the power of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.17