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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Samuel 7:13-17

We have here a short account of the further good services that Samuel did to Israel. Having parted them from their idols, and brought them home to their God, he had put them into a capacity of receiving further benefits by his ministry. Having prevailed in that, he becomes, in other instances, a great blessing to them; yet, writing it himself, he is brief in the relation. We are not told here, but it appears (2 Chron. 35:18) that in the days of Samuel the prophet the people of Israel kept the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 7:15

And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. Not only before Saul was made king, but afterwards; for though he had not the exercise of the supreme government of the nation, yet he might act as a judge under Saul, and hear and try causes brought before him, and execute justice and judgment; and as a prophet he taught and instructed the people, and reformed abuses among them; and besides, he held and exercised his extraordinary office, to which he was raised up of God, and even took upon... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Samuel 7:15

Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life - Samuel is supposed to have lived one hundred years; he did not begin to judge Israel till he was about forty years of age; and if he was one hundred years of age when he died, he must have been a judge sixty years, and consequently filled that office during the whole of Saul's reign. But that he had been dead before Saul's last battle, is evident from the transactions of that king with the witch of En-dor, and probably not long... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Samuel 7:13-17

First fruits of repentance. The facts are— 1 . Israel enjoy freedom from the oppression of the Philistines and regain lost cities. 2 . Their restless ancestral enemy the Amorite is quiet. 3 . Samuel quietly and happily attends to his civil functions. 4 . Ramah, the home of Samuel, is blessed with an altar to Jehovah. The mention of these suggestive facts immediately after the reference to the call to repentance and its response exhibit the natural results of the efforts of... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Samuel 7:15

Samuel judged Israel ... - The repetition of the phrase in 1 Samuel 7:16-17, in connection with Samuel’s circuit, is a proof that it is his civil judgeship which is meant. The military leadership of course belonged to Saul, when he became king. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Samuel 7:15

1 Samuel 7:15. Samuel judged Israel, &c. For though Saul was king in Samuel’s last days, yet Samuel did not cease to be a judge, being so made by God’s extraordinary call, which Saul could not destroy; and therefore Samuel did sometimes, upon great occasions, though not ordinarily, exercise the office of judge after the beginning of Saul’s reign; and the years of the rule of Saul and Samuel are joined together, Acts 13:20-21. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 7:2-17

Samuel’s leadership (7:2-17)During the years of Philistine oppression, Samuel’s position as chief ruler in Israel became firmly established. As a religious leader he commanded the people to turn from idols and worship the Lord only, and the people responded (2-6a). As a civil leader he settled disputes among them (6b). In response to the people’s repentance and Samuel’s prayers for them, God gave Israel a great victory over the Philistines (7-11). The Israelites continued to fight against the... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - 1 Samuel 7:15

SAMUEL'S JUDGESHIP SUMMARIZED"Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. And he went on a circuit year by year to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah; and he judged Israel in all these places. Then he would come back to Ramah, for his home was there, and there also he administered justice to Israel. And he built there an altar to the Lord."There were four of these cities to which Samuel traveled in his administration of justice: Bethel, Gilgal, Mizpah, and Ramah. "The Gilgal here was in all... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - 1 Samuel 7:15

1 Samuel 7:15, &c. And Samuel judged Israel— "According to Le Clerc," says Mr. Locke, "these words could not have been written by Samuel. But surely the objection is very weak; for all that the text says comes only to this, that Samuel discharged his office with the greatest exactness, and that he employed himself in it every day of his life. What is there in this which could lead one to think that he did not write these words, and thus do justice to his own fidelity? And even supposing... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Samuel 7:2-17

A. Samuel’s Ministry as Israel’s Judges 7:2-17As a totally dedicated Nazarite who followed the stipulations of the Mosaic Covenant as best he could, Samuel became a source of deliverance for Israel. The writer recorded two deliverances in this chapter.This section sounds more like the Book of Judges than does any other in 1 or 2 Samuel. The cycle of religious experience repeated six times in that book occurs here as well. That cycle consists of blessing, apostasy, discipline, repentance,... read more

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