¶ And the men of Kariathjarim came and set up the ark of the LORD, and brought it unto the house of Abinadab in Gabaah and sanctified Eleazar his son to wait upon the ark of the LORD. And while the ark abode in Kariathjarim, the days multiplied, that it was twenty years, and all Israel lamented after the LORD.
¶ And Samuel spake unto all Israel saying: if ye be come again unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods from among you, and Astharoth, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD and serve him alone, and so shall he rid you out of the hands of the Philistines. And then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Astharoth, and served the LORD onely. Then said Samuel: gather all Israel to Mazphah, that I may pray for you unto the LORD. And they gathered together to Mazphah, and drew water and poured it out before the LORD and fasted the same day and said there: we have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the causes of the children of Israel in Mazphah.
¶ When the Philistines heard, that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mazphah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard that, they were afraid of the Philistines and said to Samuel: cease not to cry unto the LORD our God for us, that he may save us out of the hands of the Philistines. And Samuel took a sucking lamb and offered it altogether for a burnt offering, unto the LORD and cried unto the LORD for Israel: and the LORD heard him. And as Samuel offered the burnt offering, the Philistines came to fight against Israel. But the LORD thundered a great thunder the same day upon the Philistines, and turmoiled them, that they were beaten before Israel. And the men of Israel issued out of Mazphah and pursued the Philistines and slew them, until they came under Bethcar. And the Samuel took a stone and pitched it between Mazphah and Sen, and called the name thereof the stone of help, saying: thus far hath the LORD holp us.
¶ And so the Philistines were brought under that they came no more into the coasts of Israel: for the hand of the LORD was upon the Philistines all the days of Samuel. Thereto the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel came again to Israel, even from Akaron to Geth, with the coasts of the same, which Israel plucked out of the hands of the Philistines. For there was peace between Israel and the Amorites. And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life, and went about year by year, to Bethel Gilgal and Mazphah, and judged Israel in all those places, and came again to Ramath: for there was his house, and there he judged Israel, and there he built an altar unto the LORD.