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1 Samuel 3 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:1 - The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:2 - One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:3 - The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the LORD, where the ark of God was.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:4 - Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:5 - And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:6 - Again the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; 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 - A third time the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:9 - So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:10 - The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:11 - And the LORD said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:12 - At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:13 - For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God,[fn] and he failed to restrain them.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:14 - Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’ ”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:15 - Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the LORD. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision,

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:16 - but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.” Samuel answered, “Here I am.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:17 - “What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:18 - So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:19 - The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:20 - And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:21 - The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.
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An ancient Hebrew scribal tradition (see also Septuagint); Masoretic Text sons made themselves contemptible
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