1 Samuel 7:5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.
1 Samuel 7:5 — Word Study on "Mizpeh" - Strong says the Hebrew name "Mizpeh" ( מִצְפָּה) (H 4709) means, "a watchtower."
1 Samuel 7:9 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD for Israel; and the LORD heard him.
1 Samuel 7:9 — "and the Lord heard him" - Comments- A better word is "hearkened," or answered him. God continued to provide help for Samuel all the days of his life ( 1 Samuel 7:13). One prayer brought a lifetime of answered prayers from God.
1 Samuel 7:13, "So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel."
1 Samuel 7:10 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.
1 Samuel 7:10 — Comments- We read of a similar victory for Israel by God's mighty hand of deliverance in 2 Chronicles 20:22, "And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten."
1 Samuel 7:12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.
1 Samuel 7:12 — Word Study on "Ebenezer" - Strong says the Hebrew name "Ebenezer" ( אֶבֶן הָעֵזֶֶר) (H 72) means, "stone of the help." Even though this place is named at this time in Israel"s history, the name of this place is used earlier in the book of 1Samuel ( 1 Samuel 4:1; 1 Samuel 5:1).
1 Samuel 4:1, "And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek."
1 Samuel 5:1, "And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod."
1 Samuel 7:17 And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the LORD.
1 Samuel 7:17 — "And his return was to Ramah" - Comments- PTW says that Ramah is the same as Ramathaim-Zophim. Therefore, Samuel lived in same city where his family lived ( 1 Samuel 1:1). He probably saw his parents and other family members often.
1 Samuel 1:1, "Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:"
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