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And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.

Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and encamped beside Eben-ezer: and the Philistines encamped in Aphek. And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when [a]they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines; and they slew of the [b]army in the field about four thousand men.

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  1. 1 Samuel 4:2 Or, the battle was spread
  2. 1 Samuel 4:2 Hebrew array.