15 Blow the trumpet(A) in Zion,(B)
    declare a holy fast,(C)
    call a sacred assembly.(D)

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16 Gather the people,
    consecrate(A) the assembly;
bring together the elders,(B)
    gather the children,
    those nursing at the breast.
Let the bridegroom(C) leave his room
    and the bride her chamber.

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Then Samuel(A) said, “Assemble all Israel at Mizpah,(B) and I will intercede(C) with the Lord for you.”

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When they had assembled at Mizpah,(A) they drew water and poured(B) it out before the Lord. On that day they fasted and there they confessed, “We have sinned against the Lord.” Now Samuel was serving as leader[a](C) of Israel at Mizpah.

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  1. 1 Samuel 7:6 Traditionally judge; also in verse 15

Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast(A) for all Judah. The people of Judah(B) came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.

Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard and said:

Lord, the God of our ancestors,(C) are you not the God who is in heaven?(D) You rule over all the kingdoms(E) of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.(F) Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land(G) before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?(H) They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary(I) for your Name, saying, ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine,(J) we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’

10 “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt;(K) so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. 11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession(L) you gave us as an inheritance. 12 Our God, will you not judge them?(M) For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.(N)

13 All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord.

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