1 Samuel 7:5
New International Version
Then Samuel said, "Assemble all Israel at Mizpah, and I will intercede with the LORD for you."

New Living Translation
Then Samuel told them, “Gather all of Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you.”

English Standard Version
Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you.”

Berean Study Bible
Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD on your behalf.”

New American Standard Bible
Then Samuel said, "Gather all Israel to Mizpah and I will pray to the LORD for you."

New King James Version
And Samuel said, “Gather all Israel to 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.

Christian Standard Bible
Samuel said, "Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD on your behalf."

Contemporary English Version
Then Samuel said, "Tell everyone in Israel to meet together at Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you."

Good News Translation
Then Samuel called for all the Israelites to meet at Mizpah, telling them, "I will pray to the LORD for you there."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Samuel said, "Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD on your behalf."

International Standard Version
Samuel said, "Bring all Israel together at Mizpah, and I'll pray to the LORD on your behalf."

NET Bible
Then Samuel said, "Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD on your behalf."

New Heart English Bible
Samuel said, "Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray for you to the LORD."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Samuel said, "Gather all the Israelites together at Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Samuel said: 'Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.'

New American Standard 1977
Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Samuel said, Gather all Israel in Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.

American King James Version
And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you to the LORD.

American Standard Version
And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray for you unto Jehovah.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Massephath, and I will pray for you to the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Samuel said: Gather all Israel to Masphath, that I may pray to the Lord for you.

Darby Bible Translation
And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray Jehovah for you.

English Revised Version
And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you to the LORD.

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.'
Study Bible
Samuel Subdues the Philistines
4So the Israelites put away the Baals and Ashtoreths and served only the LORD. 5Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD on your behalf.” 6When they had gathered at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out before the LORD. On that day they fasted, and there they confessed, “We have sinned against the LORD.” And Samuel judged the Israelites at Mizpah.…
Cross References
Genesis 20:7
Now return the man's wife, for he is a prophet; he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her, be aware that you will surely die--you and all who belong to you."

Genesis 31:49
and also Mizpah, because he said, "May the LORD keep watch between you and me when we are absent from one another.

Judges 10:17
Then the Ammonites were called to arms and camped in Gilead, and the Israelites assembled and camped at Mizpah.

Judges 20:1
Then all the Israelites from Dan to Beersheba and from the land of Gilead came out, and the congregation assembled as one man before the LORD at Mizpah.

1 Samuel 7:4
So the Israelites put away the Baals and Ashtoreths and served only the LORD.

1 Samuel 7:16
Every year he would go on a circuit from Bethel to Gilgal to Mizpah, judging Israel in all these places.

1 Samuel 8:6
But when they said, "Give us a king to judge us," their demand was displeasing in the sight of Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD.

1 Samuel 10:17
After this, Samuel summoned the people to the LORD at Mizpah

1 Samuel 12:17
Is it not the wheat harvest today? I will call on the LORD to send thunder and rain, so that you will know and see what a great evil you have committed in the sight of the LORD by asking for a king."

Jeremiah 40:6
So Jeremiah went to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah and stayed with him among the people who were left in the land.

Treasury of Scripture

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

Gather

Nehemiah 9:1
Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them.

Joel 2:16
Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Mizpeh

1 Samuel 7:12,16
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 10:17
And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh;

Joshua 15:38
And Dilean, and Mizpeh, and Joktheel,

I will pray

1 Samuel 12:23
Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:







Lexicon
Then Samuel
שְׁמוּאֵ֔ל (šə·mū·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8050: Samuel -- 'name of God', a prophet of Israel

said,
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Gather
קִבְצ֥וּ (qiḇ·ṣū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6908: To gather, collect

all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

Israel
יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

to Mizpah,
הַמִּצְפָּ֑תָה (ham·miṣ·pā·ṯāh)
Article | Noun - proper - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4709: Mizpah -- the name of several places in Israel

and I will pray
וְאֶתְפַּלֵּ֥ל (wə·’eṯ·pal·lêl)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6419: To judge, to intercede, pray

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the LORD
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

on your behalf.”
בַּעַדְכֶ֖ם (ba·‘aḏ·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1157: In up to, over against, at, beside, among, behind, for
(5) Mizpeh.--Or, as it should be spelt, Mizpah, a common name for lofty situations. It signifies a "watch-tower," a place where an outlook could be kept against an advancing enemy.

Now the assembly of the tribes at Mizpeh marked a new departure for Israel. It was the result of more than twenty years of toil undertaken by the greatest reformer and statesman the chosen race ever knew. The great gathering belonged both to religion and to war. Its first object was solemnly to assure the Lord that the heart of His people, so long estranged from Him, was again His. Its second was to implore that Jehovah might again restore a repentant and sorrowful people to the land of their inheritance. What more likely than that the prophet-statesman--who in that solemn juncture represented priest and judge and seer to Israel--devised on that momentous day new symbolic rites, signifying Israel's new dedication to the Eternal for the future, Israel's repentance for the sad past? The solemn pouring out of water before the Lord symbolised, to a people trained so carefully to watch the meaning and signification of symbols and imagery, the heart and whole inner life poured out before the Lord; the fasting represented the repentant humble sinner bowed down in grief before the one true God. Is it not at least probable that the strange, mysterious custom which we hear of in after days--the high priest filling the golden vessel with the waters of Siloam, and then pouring it out silently before the Lord--was the record of one of the holiest memories of the people--their reconciliation with their God-Friend at Mizpeh? Now, after years of estrangement, they repented and were forgiven. The fasting of Mizpeh being a favourite practice, ever much observed by the worshippers in the Temple and synagogue, needed no special record or reminder.

Verse 5. - Gather all Israel to Mizpeh. Mizpah, for so the place should be spelt, means a watch tower (Genesis 31:49), and so is a not uncommon name for spots among the hills commanding an extensive outlook. This was probably the Mizpah in the tribe of Benjamin, distant about five miles from Jerusalem (see Conder, 'Tent Work,' 1:25); and though Samuel may have partly chosen it as a holy place (Judges 11:11; Judges 20:1), yet the chief reason was probably its lofty situation, 500 feet above the neighbouring tableau, which itself was 2000 feet above the sea level. It was thus difficult to surprise, and admirably adapted for warlike purposes. The gathering of the people at Mizpah was the necessary result of the public insult offered to the Philistine gods, and virtually a declaration of war, as being an assertion of national independence. 7:5,6 Israel drew water and poured it out before the Lord; signifying their humiliation and sorrow for sin. They pour out their hearts in repentance before the Lord. They were free and full in their confession, and fixed in their resolution to cast away from them all their wrong doings. They made a public confession, We have sinned against the Lord; thus giving glory to God, and taking shame to themselves. And if we thus confess our sins, we shall find our God faithful and just to forgive us our sins.
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