7:7 When the Philistines heard that the Israelites had gathered at Mizpah, the leaders of the Philistines went up against Israel. When the Israelites heard about this, they were afraid of the Philistines. 7:8 The Israelites said to Samuel, “Keep 1 crying out to the Lord our 2 God so that he may save us 3 from the hand of the Philistines!” 7:9 So Samuel took a nursing lamb 4 and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord. Samuel cried out to the Lord on Israel’s behalf, and the Lord answered him.
1 Samuel 7:17Context
7:17 Then he would return to Ramah, because his home was there. He also judged 5 Israel there and built an altar to the Lord there.
1 tn Heb “don’t stop.”
2 tc The LXX reads “your God” rather than the MT’s “our God.”
3 tn After the negated jussive, the prefixed verbal form with the prefixed conjunction indicates purpose/result.
4 tn Heb “a lamb of milk”; NAB “an unweaned lamb”; NIV “a suckling lamb”; NCV “a baby lamb.”
5 tn Or perhaps “settled disputes for” (cf. NLT “would hear cases there”; NRSV “administered justice there”).