Ebenezer (Eb´uh-nee´zuhr; Heb., “stone of help”)

A site near Aphek, four miles south of Gilgal, according to 1 Samuel. In the account of the double defeat of the Israelites and capture of the Ark by the Philistines (1Sam 4:1-11; 1Sam 5:1), the name has an ironic ring. In (1Sam 7:2-12) Samuel names a stone Ebenezer to commemorate God’s help in Israel’s recovery of the same territory.

1Sam 4:1-11

1And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.
The Ark of God Captured
In those days the Philistines mustered for war against Israel, and Israel went out to battle ... View more

1Sam 5:1

The Philistines and the Ark
1When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod;

1Sam 7:2-12

2From the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.Samuel as Ju ... View more

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