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  • So they called together the rulers of the five Philistine cities and asked, "What should we do with the Ark of the God of Israel?" The rulers discussed it and replied, "Move it to the city of Gath." So they moved the Ark of the God of Israel to Gath. - 1 Samuel 5:8


  • So they sent the Ark of God to the city of Ekron, but when the people of Ekron saw it coming they cried out, "They are bringing the Ark of the God of Israel here to kill us, too!" - 1 Samuel 5:10


  • So the people summoned the rulers again and begged them, "Please send the Ark of the God of Israel back to its own country, or it* will kill us all." For the plague from God had already begun, and great fear was sweeping across the city.2 - 1 Samuel 5:11


  • "Send the Ark of the God of Israel back, along with a gift," they were told. "Send a guilt offering so the plague will stop. Then, if the plague doesn't stop, you will know that God didn't send the plague after all." - 1 Samuel 6:3


  • Make these things to show honor to the God of Israel. Perhaps then he will stop afflicting you, your gods, and your land. - 1 Samuel 6:5


  • Don't be stubborn and rebellious as Pharaoh and the Egyptians were. They wouldn't let Israel go until God had ravaged them with dreadful plagues. - 1 Samuel 6:6


  • The Ark remained in Kiriath-jearim for a long time--twenty years in all. During that time, all Israel mourned because it seemed that the LORD had abandoned them. - 1 Samuel 7:2


  • Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, "If you are really serious about wanting to return to the LORD, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Determine to obey only the LORD; then he will rescue you from the Philistines." - 1 Samuel 7:3


  • So they gathered there and, in a great ceremony, drew water from a well and poured it out before the LORD. They also went without food all day and confessed that they had sinned against the LORD. So it was at Mizpah that Samuel became Israel's judge. - 1 Samuel 7:6


  • When the Philistine rulers heard that all Israel had gathered at Mizpah, they mobilized their army and advanced. The Israelites were badly frightened when they learned that the Philistines were approaching. - 1 Samuel 7:7


  • So Samuel took a young lamb and offered it to the LORD as a whole burnt offering. He pleaded with the LORD to help Israel, and the LORD answered. - 1 Samuel 7:9


  • The men of Israel chased them from Mizpah to Beth-car, slaughtering them all along the way. - 1 Samuel 7:11


  • So the Philistines were subdued and didn't invade Israel again for a long time. And throughout Samuel's lifetime, the LORD's powerful hand was raised against the Philistines. - 1 Samuel 7:13


  • The Israelite towns near Ekron and Gath that the Philistines had captured were restored to Israel, along with the rest of the territory that the Philistines had taken. And there was also peace between Israel and the Amorites in those days. - 1 Samuel 7:14


  • Samuel continued as Israel's judge for the rest of his life. - 1 Samuel 7:15


  • Each year he traveled around, setting up his court first at Bethel, then at Gilgal, and then at Mizpah. He judged the people of Israel at each of these places. - 1 Samuel 7:16


  • As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. - 1 Samuel 8:1
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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