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1 Samuel 3 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Samuel’s Call
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The boy Samuel served the LORD in Eli’s presence. In those days the word of the LORD was rare and prophetic visions were not widespread.

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One day Eli, whose eyesight was failing, was lying in his usual place.

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Before the lamp of God had gone out, Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was located.

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Then the LORD called Samuel,[fn] and he answered, “Here I am.”

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He ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

“I didn’t call,” Eli replied. “Go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.

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Once again the LORD called, “Samuel! ”

Samuel got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

“I didn’t call, my son,” he replied. “Go back and lie down.”

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Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, because the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.

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Once again, for the third time, the LORD called Samuel. He got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the boy.

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He told Samuel, “Go and lie down. If he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

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The LORD came, stood there, and called as before, “Samuel, Samuel! ”

Samuel responded, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

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The LORD said to Samuel, “I am about to do something in Israel that will cause everyone who hears about it to shudder.[fn]

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“On that day I will carry out against Eli everything I said about his family, from beginning to end.

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“I told him that I am going to judge his family forever because of the iniquity he knows about: his sons are cursing God,[fn] and he has not stopped them.

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“Therefore, I have sworn to Eli’s family: The iniquity of Eli’s family will never be wiped out by either sacrifice or offering.”

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Samuel lay down until the morning; then he opened the doors of the LORD’s house. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision,

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but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.”

“Here I am,” answered Samuel.

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“What was the message he gave you? ” Eli asked. “Don’t hide it from me. May God punish you and do so severely if you hide anything from me that he told you.”

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So Samuel told him everything and did not hide anything from him. Eli responded, “He is the LORD. Let him do what he thinks is good.”

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Samuel grew. The LORD was with him, and he fulfilled everything Samuel prophesied.[fn]

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All Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a confirmed prophet of the LORD.

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The LORD continued to appear in Shiloh, because there he revealed himself to Samuel by his word.

CSB Footnotes
DSS, LXX read called, “Samuel! Samuel! ”
Lit about it, his two ears will tingle ; Hb obscure
LXX, Old Lat; MT reads them
Lit he let none of his words fall to the ground

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