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1 Samuel

The call of Samuel.  1Sm.3.1-4.1

1So the child Samuel was in the LORD's service under his master Eli. Now in those days the word of the LORD was seldom heard, and no vision was granted. 2But one night Eli, whose eyes were dim and his sight failing, was lying down in his usual place, 3while Samuel slept in the temple of the LORD where the Ark of God was. Before the lamp of God had gone out, 4the LORD called him, and Samuel answered, 'Here I am', 5and ran to Eli saying, 'You called me: here I am.' 'No, I did not call you,' said Eli; 'lie down again.' So he went and lay down. 6The LORD called Samuel again, and he got up and went to Eli. 'Here I am,' he said; 'surely you called me.' 'I did not call, my son,' he answered; 'lie down again.' 7Now Samuel had not yet come to know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not been disclosed to him. 8When the LORD called him for the third time, he again went to Eli and said, 'Here I am; you did call me.' Then Eli understood that it was the LORD calling the child; 9he told Samuel to go and lie down and said, 'If he calls again, say, "Speak, LORD; thy servant hears thee." ' So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10The LORD came and stood there, and called, 'Samuel, Samuel', as before. Samuel answered, 'Speak; thy servant hears thee.' 11The LORD said, 'Soon I shall do something in Israel which will ring in the ears of all who hear it. 12When that day comes I will make good every word I have spoken against Eli and his family from beginning to end. 13You are to prob. rdg, Heb I will tell him that my judgement on his house shall stand for ever because because: prob. rdg, Heb in guilt he knew of his sons' blasphemies against God against God: prob. original reading, altered in Heb to to them and did not rebuke them. 14Therefore I have sworn to the family of Eli that their abuse of sacrifices and offerings shall never be expiated.'

15Samuel lay down till morning and then opened the doors of the house of the LORD, but he was afraid to tell Eli about the vision. 16Eli called Samuel: 'Samuel, my son', he said; and he answered, 'Here I am.' 17Eli asked, 'What did the LORD say to you? Do not hide it from me. God forgive you if you hide one word of all that he said to you.' 18Then Samuel told him everything and hid nothing. Eli said, 'The LORD must do what is good in his eyes.'

19As Samuel grew up, the LORD was with him, and none of his words went unfulfilled. 20From Dan to Beersheba, all Israel recognized that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet of the LORD. 21So the LORD continued to appear in Shiloh, because he had revealed himself there to Samuel prob. rdg, Heb adds according to the word of the LORD.


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