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1 Samuel 3 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:1 - Now the boy Samuel continued serving the LORD under Eli's supervision. Word from the LORD was rare in those days; revelatory visions were infrequent.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:2 - Eli's eyes had begun to fail, so that he was unable to see well. At that time he was lying down in his place,

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:3 - and the lamp of God had not yet been extinguished. Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD as well; the ark of God was also there.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:4 - The LORD called to Samuel, and he replied, "Here I am!"

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:5 - Then he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But Eli said, "I didn't call you. Go back and lie down." So he went back and lay down.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:6 - The LORD again called, "Samuel!" So Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But Eli said, "I didn't call you, my son. Go back and lie down."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:7 - Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD; the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:8 - Then the LORD called Samuel a third time. So he got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me!" Eli then realized that it was the LORD who was calling the boy.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:9 - So Eli said to Samuel, "Go back and lie down. When he calls you, say, "Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening." So Samuel went back and lay down in his place.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:10 - Then the LORD came and stood nearby, calling as he had previously done, "Samuel! Samuel!" Samuel replied, "Speak, for your servant is listening!"

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:11 - The LORD said to Samuel, "Look! I am about to do something in Israel; when anyone hears about it, both of his ears will tingle.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:12 - On that day I will carry out against Eli everything that I spoke about his house - from start to finish!

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:13 - You should tell him that I am about to judge his house forever because of the sin that he knew about. For his sons were cursing God, and he did not rebuke them.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:14 - Therefore I swore an oath to the house of Eli, 'The sin of the house of Eli can never be forgiven by sacrifice or by grain offering.'"

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:15 - So Samuel lay down until morning. Then he opened the doors of the LORD's house. But Samuel was afraid to tell Eli about the vision.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:16 - However, Eli called Samuel and said, "Samuel, my son!" He replied, "Here I am."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:17 - Eli said, "What message did he speak to you? Don't conceal it from me. God will judge you severely if you conceal from me anything that he said to you!"

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:18 - So Samuel told him everything. He did not hold back anything from him. Eli said, "The LORD will do what he pleases."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:19 - Samuel continued to grow, and the LORD was with him. None of his prophecies fell to the ground unfulfilled.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:20 - All Israel from Dan to Beer Sheba realized that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:21 - Then the LORD again appeared in Shiloh, for it was in Shiloh that the LORD had revealed himself to Samuel through the word of the LORD.
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