And Samuel said to the whole house of Israel, "If you are returning1 to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid2 yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths3 and commit4 yourselves to the LORD and serve him only,5 and he will deliver6 you out of the hand of the Philistines."
So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the LORD only.
Then Samuel7 said, "Assemble all Israel at Mizpah8 and I will intercede9 with the LORD for you."
When they had assembled at Mizpah,10 they drew water and poured11 it out before the LORD. On that day they fasted and there they confessed, "We have sinned against the LORD." And Samuel was leadera12 of Israel at Mizpah.