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So they gathered together to Mizpah and drew water and poured it out before Yahweh, and they fasted on that day and said there, “We have sinned against Yahweh.” And Samuel judged the children of Israel at Mizpah. Bible other translations

“and drew water and poured it out before Yahweh.” Although the exact significance of this water ritual is not known, it was tied to fasting. It is possible that it was a way of adding sincerity to their fast: that they did not eat food or drink water, and wanted to demonstrate that fact by pouring water on the ground before Yahweh.

“And Samuel judged the children of Israel.” Here we see Samuel acting as a judge; he was the last of the judges in the Judges period.


Commentary for: 1 Samuel 7:6