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1 Samuel 7:8

ESV And the people of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the LORD our God for us, that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines.”
NIV They said to Samuel, 'Do not stop crying out to the LORD our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines.'
NASB So the sons of Israel said to Samuel, 'Do not stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, that He will save us from the hand of the Philistines!'
CSB The Israelites said to Samuel, "Don't stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, so that he will save us from the Philistines."
NLT Don’t stop pleading with the Lord our God to save us from the Philistines!' they begged Samuel.
KJV And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the LORD our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.

What does 1 Samuel 7:8 mean?

The Israelites clearly understood Samuel's relationship to the Lord God of Israel. They knew Samuel to be God's prophet: the one who delivered God's messages (1 Samuel 3:20). They understood Samuel now to be a "judge" over Israel, as well (1 Samuel 7:6). The Hebrew word for this title implies rescue, victory, vengeance, and defense. Samuel was the one who called them to repentance before the Lord, and the people had repented, confessing their sin, and turning to God (1 Samuel 7:3–6).

It's no wonder then that when the people heard the Philistines were marching to do battle against them, they first turned to Samuel. Their plea is that he cry out to God, without stopping, to save them from the hand of the Philistines.
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