1 Samuel 7:2-4 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
2 The Box stayed there at Kiriath Jearim for a long time.
The Lord Saves the Israelites
Twenty years passed while the Holy Box was in Kiriath Jearim, and the Israelites began to follow the Lord again. 3 Samuel told the Israelites, “If you are really coming back to the Lord with all your heart, you must throw away your foreign gods and your idols of Ashtoreth. You must give yourselves fully to the Lord and serve only him. Then he will save you from the Philistines.”
4 So the Israelites threw away their statues of Baal and Ashtoreth. The Israelites served only the Lord.