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Then Samuel called the people together before the Lord at Mizpah.
It was also called Mizpah 1 because he said, “May the Lord watch 2 between us 3 when we are out of sight of one another. 4
The Ammonites assembled 1 and camped in Gilead; the Israelites gathered together and camped in Mizpah.
The Israelites had taken an oath in Mizpah, saying, “Not one of us will allow his daughter to marry a Benjaminite.”
Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord on your behalf.”
After they had assembled at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out before the Lord. They fasted on that day, and they confessed 1 there, “We have sinned against the Lord.” So Samuel led 2 the people of Israel at Mizpah.
But in the seventh month 1 Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah and grandson of Elishama who was a member of the royal family and had been one of Zedekiah’s chief officers, came with ten of his men to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah. While they were eating a meal together with him there at Mizpah,
Canaanites came 1 from the east and west; Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, and Jebusites from the hill country; and Hivites from below Hermon in the area 2 of Mizpah.
All the Israelites from Dan to Beer Sheba 1 and from the land of Gilead 2 left their homes 3 and assembled together 4 before the Lord at Mizpah.
The Benjaminites heard that the Israelites had gone up to Mizpah. Then the Israelites said, “Explain how this wicked thing happened!”
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.
Then the men of Israel left Mizpah and chased the Philistines, striking them down all the way to an area below Beth Car.
Year after year he used to travel the circuit of Bethel, 1 Gilgal, and Mizpah; he used to judge Israel in all of these places.
Adjacent to them worked Melatiah the Gibeonite and Jadon the Meronothite, who were men of Gibeon and Mizpah. These towns were under the jurisdiction 1 of the governor of Trans-Euphrates.
Adjacent to him Ezer son of Jeshua, head of Mizpah, worked on another section, opposite the ascent to the armory at the buttress.
All those people that Ishmael had taken captive from Mizpah turned and went over to Johanan son of Kareah.
Then Ishmael took captive all the people who were still left alive in Mizpah. This included the royal princesses 1 and all the rest of the people in Mizpah that Nebuzaradan, the captain of the royal guard, had put under the authority of Gedaliah son of Ahikam. Ishmael son of Nethaniah took all these people captive and set out to cross over to the Ammonites.
So Jephthah went with the leaders of Gilead. The people made him their leader and commander. Jephthah repeated the terms of the agreement 1 before the Lord in Mizpah.
When Jephthah came home to Mizpah, there was his daughter hurrying out 1 to meet him, dancing to the rhythm of tambourines. 2 She was his only child; except for her he had no son or daughter.
The Israelites asked, “Who from all the Israelite tribes has not assembled before the Lord?” They had made a solemn oath that whoever did not assemble before the Lord at Mizpah must certainly be executed. 1