English Standard Version
Then Samuel said, "Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you."
King James Bible
And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.
Darby Bible Translation
And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray Jehovah for you.
World English Bible
Samuel said, "Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray for you to Yahweh."
Young's Literal Translation
and Samuel saith, 'Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I pray for you unto Jehovah.'
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
Victory obtained over the Philistines through Samuel's prayer. - 1 Samuel 7:5, 1 Samuel 7:6. When Israel had turned to the Lord with all its heart, and had put away all its idols, Samuel gathered together all the people at Mizpeh, to prepare them for fighting against the Philistines by a solemn day for penitence and prayer. For it is very evident that the object of calling all the people to Mizpeh was that the religious act performed there might serve as a consecration for battle, not only from the circumstance that, according to 1 Samuel 7:7, when the Philistines heard of the meeting, they drew near to make war upon Israel, but also from the contents of 1 Samuel 7:5 : "Samuel said (sc., to the heads or representatives of the nation), Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord." His intention could not possibly have been any other than to put the people into the right relation to their God, and thus to prepare the way for their deliverance out of the bondage of the Philistines. Samuel appointed Mizpeh, i.e., Nebi Samwil, on the western boundary of the tribe of Benjamin (see at Joshua 18:26), as the place of meeting, partly no doubt on historical grounds, viz., because it was there that the tribes had formerly held their consultations respecting the wickedness of the inhabitants of Gibeah, and had resolved to make war upon Benjamin (Judges 20:1.), but still more no doubt, because Mizpeh, on the western border of the mountains, was the most suitable place for commencing the conflict with the Philistines.
LibraryThree Decisive Steps
"And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord. And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines. Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891
Faithlessness and Defeat
Now then, return the man's wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours."
and Mizpah, for he said, "The LORD watch between you and me, when we are out of one another's sight.
Then the Ammonites were called to arms, and they encamped in Gilead. And the people of Israel came together, and they encamped at Mizpah.
Then all the people of Israel came out, from Dan to Beersheba, including the land of Gilead, and the congregation assembled as one man to the LORD at Mizpah.
1 Samuel 7:4
So the people of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and they served the LORD only.
1 Samuel 7:16
And he went on a circuit year by year to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah. And he judged Israel in all these places.
1 Samuel 8:6
But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And Samuel prayed to the LORD.
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