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1 Samuel 7

1Så kom der nogle folk fra Kirjat-Jearim og førte arken til Abinadabs hus, der lå på en bakke, og de satte hans søn Eleazar til at passe på den. Arken stod opbevaret dér i 20 år, og i al den tid sørgede hele Israels folk, for det så ud, som om Herren havde forladt dem.

Samuel som Israels leder

Da sagde Samuel til Israels folk: „Hvis I virkelig alvorligt ønsker at komme tilbage til Herren, så hold op med at dyrke fremmede guder. Ødelæg alt, hvad der repræsenterer gudinden Astarte og beslut jer for at adlyde Herren alene, så vil han frelse jer fra filistrene.”

Så ødelagde israelitterne deres afgudsbilleder af Baʼal og Astarte og tilbad Herren alene. Derefter sagde Samuel: „Kom til Mitzpa, så vil jeg gå i forbøn for jer hos Herren.”

Folket samledes så i Mitzpa. Den dag fastede de som udtryk for, at de angrede deres synder; og som en symbolsk offerhandling øste de vand fra brønden og hældte det ud på jorden for Herren. Det var dér ved Mitzpa, at Samuel først blev anerkendt som leder i Israel.

Filisterkongerne fik imidlertid nys om, at alle israelitterne havde samlet sig i Mitzpa. Derfor mobiliserede de deres hære og rykkede ud imod Israel. Da israelitterne hørte det, blev de skrækslagne.

„Bed Gud Herren om at frelse os!” råbte de til Samuel. Samuel tog da et lam og ofrede hele dyret som et brændoffer til Herren, alt imens han gik i forbøn for Israel. Og Herren greb ind. 10 Mens Samuel var i færd med at ofre lammet, stormede filistrene dem, men Herren sendte et voldsomt tordenvejr imod dem, og filistrene blev så bange og forvirrede, at israelitterne nemt kunne slå dem. 11 Israelitternes hær forfulgte dem fra Mitzpa helt til Bet-Kar og huggede mange af dem ned undervejs. 12 Da tog Samuel en stor sten og anbragte den mellem Mitzpa og Jeshana, og han kaldte stenen Eben-Ezer,[a] for han sagde: „Hidtil har Herren hjulpet os!”

13 Filistrenes nederlag holdt dem i lang tid fra at angribe israelitterne, og Herren var med Israel, så længe Samuel levede. 14 De israelitiske byer mellem Ekron og Gat samt de øvrige områder, som filistrene havde erobret, fik Israel nu tilbage. I den periode var der også fred mellem israelitterne og amoritterne.

15 Samuel var Israels leder så længe han levede. 16 En gang om året foretog han en rundrejse mellem Betel, Gilgal og Mitzpa for at tage sig af folkets retssager. 17 Men han vendte altid tilbage til sit hjem i Rama, hvor han også afgjorde retssager. Og i Rama byggede han et alter for Herren.

Notas al pie

  1. 7,12 Eben-Ezer betyder „hjælpens sten”.

King James Version

1 Samuel 7

1And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of the Lord, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the Lord.

And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, 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 Ashtaroth, and served the Lord only.

And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord.

And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the Lord, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the Lord. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.

And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines.

And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.

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.

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.

11 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Bethcar.

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.

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.

14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.

15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.

16 And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places.

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.