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Samuel interceded for the people before God and the He answered, accepting their confession of sins and faithfully helping them against the Philistines.

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 7:2-13

ESV Text: 1 Samuel 7:2-13

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:12 and ends at about 2:27

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2 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.

     3 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. 4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only. 5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD. 6 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.

     7 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. 8 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. 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. 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.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 162 :
Ride on, Ride on, in Majesty — Organ Audio

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1. Ride on, ride on, in majesty! 
Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry. 
O Savior meek, pursue Thy road, 
With palms and scattered garments strowed. 

2. Ride on, ride on, in majesty! 
In lowly pomp ride on to die. 
O Christ, Thy triumphs now begin 
O’er captive death and conquered sin. 

3. Ride on, ride on, in majesty! 
The angel armies of the sky 
Look down with sad and wondering eyes 
To see the approaching Sacrifice. 

4. Ride on, ride on, in majesty! 
Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh; 
The Father on His sapphire throne 
Expects His own anointed Son. 

5. Ride on, ride on, in majesty! 
In lowly pomp ride on to die. 
Bow Thy meek head to mortal pain. 
Then take, O Christ, Thy power and reign. 

Hymn: LSB 441 :
Ride On, Ride On in Majesty