And the men of Kiriath-jearimcame and took the ark of the LORD and 1brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecratedEleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.
From the day that the arkremained at Kiriath-jearim, the time was long, for it was twentyyears; and all the house of Israellamentedafter the LORD.
Then Samuelspoke to all the house of Israel, saying, "2If you return to the LORD with all your heart, 3remove the foreigngods and the 4Ashtaroth from among you and 5direct your hearts to the LORD and 6serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines."
So the sons of Israelremoved the Baals and the Ashtaroth and served the LORDalone.
Then Samuelsaid, "GatherallIsrael to 7Mizpah and 8I will pray to the LORD for you."
They gathered to Mizpah, and drewwater and 9poured it out before the LORD, and 10fasted on that day and saidthere, "11We have sinned against the LORD." And Samueljudged the sons of Israel at Mizpah.
Now when the Philistinesheard that the sons of Israel had gathered to Mizpah, the lords of the Philistineswent up againstIsrael. And when the sons of Israelheard it, 12they were afraid of the Philistines.
Then the sons of Israelsaid to Samuel, "13Do not cease to cry to the LORD our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines."
9Samueltook14a sucklinglamb and offered it for a wholeburntoffering to the LORD; and Samuelcried to the LORD for Israel and 15the LORDanswered him.
Now Samuel was offering up the burntoffering, and the Philistinesdrewnear to battle against Israel. But 16the LORDthundered with a greatathunder on that dayagainst the Philistines and 17confused them, so that they were broutedbeforeIsrael.
The men of Israelwent out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and struck them down as far as belowBeth-car.
Then Samuel18took a stone and set it betweenMizpah and Shen, and named it cEbenezer, saying, "Thusfar the LORD has helped us."
1319So the Philistines were subdued and 20they did not comeanymore within the border of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistinesall the days of Samuel.
The citieswhich the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even to Gath; and Israeldelivered their territory from the hand of the Philistines. So there was peacebetweenIsrael and 21the Amorites.
Now Samuel22judgedIsraelall the days of his life.
He used to goannually on circuit to 23Bethel and 24Gilgal and 25Mizpah, and he judgedIsrael in alltheseplaces.
Then his return was to 26Ramah, for his house was there, and there he judgedIsrael; and he 27builtthere an altar to the LORD.