And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, 1"If you are returning to the LORD with all your heart, then 2put away the foreign gods and the 3Ashtaroth from among you and 4direct your heart to the LORD 5and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines."
So the people of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and they served the LORD only.
Then Samuel said, "Gather all Israel at 6Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you."
So they gathered at 7Mizpah 8and drew water and poured it out before the LORD 9and fasted on that day and said there, 10"We have sinned against the LORD." And Samuel judged the people of Israel at Mizpah.
Now when the Philistines heard that the people of Israel had gathered at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the people of Israel heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines.
And the people of Israel said to Samuel, "Do not cease to cry out to the LORD our God for us, that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines."
So Samuel took a nursing lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. And 11Samuel cried out to the LORD for Israel, and the LORD answered him.
As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel. 12But the LORD thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were routed before Israel.
And the men of Israel went out from Mizpah and pursued the Philistines and struck them, as far as below Beth-car.
Then Samuel 13took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, "Till now the LORD has helped us."
14So the Philistines were subdued and did not again enter the territory of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.
The cities that the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron to Gath, and Israel delivered their territory from the hand of the Philistines. There was peace also between Israel and the Amorites.
15Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.
And he went on a circuit year by year to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah. And he judged Israel in all these places.
Then he would return to 16Ramah, for his home was there, and there also he judged Israel. 17And he built there an altar to the LORD.