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  • But Eli called out to him, "Samuel, my son." "Here I am," Samuel replied. - 1 Samuel 3:16

  • So Samuel told Eli everything; he didn't hold anything back. "It is the LORD's will," Eli replied. "Let him do what he thinks best." - 1 Samuel 3:18

  • As Samuel grew up, the LORD was with him, and everything Samuel said was wise and helpful. - 1 Samuel 3:19

  • All the people of Israel from one end of the land to the other knew that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet of the LORD. - 1 Samuel 3:20

  • The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh and gave messages to Samuel there at the Tabernacle. - 1 Samuel 3:21

  • And Samuel's words went out to all the people of Israel. At that time Israel was at war with the Philistines. The Israelite army was camped near Ebenezer, and the Philistines were at Aphek. - 1 Samuel 4:1

  • 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

  • Then Samuel told them, "Come to Mizpah, all of you. I will pray to the LORD for you." - 1 Samuel 7:5

  • 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

  • "Plead with the LORD our God to save us from the Philistines!" they begged Samuel. - 1 Samuel 7:8

  • 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

  • Just as Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines arrived for battle. But the LORD spoke with a mighty voice of thunder from heaven, and the Philistines were thrown into such confusion that the Israelites defeated them. - 1 Samuel 7:10

  • Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah.* He named it Ebenezer--"the stone of help"--for he said, "Up to this point the LORD has helped us!"1 - 1 Samuel 7:12

  • 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

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

  • Then he would return to his home at Ramah, and he would hear cases there, too. And Samuel built an altar to the LORD at Ramah. - 1 Samuel 7:17

  • 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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