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