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1 Samuel 3 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Samuel’s First Prophecy
Samuel Warns Eli
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:1 - Now the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:2 - And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:3 - and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle[fn] of the LORD where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:4 - that the LORD called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:5 - So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:6 - Then the LORD called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:7 - (Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor was the word of the LORD yet revealed to him.)
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:8 - And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD had called the boy.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:9 - Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant hears.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:10 - Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:11 - Then the LORD said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:12 - “In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:13 - “For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:14 - “And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:15 - So Samuel lay down until morning,[fn] and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:16 - Then Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son!” He answered, “Here I am.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:17 - And he said, “What is the word that the LORD spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me. God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the things that He said to you.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:18 - Then Samuel told him everything, and hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is the LORD. Let Him do what seems good to Him.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:19 - So Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:20 - And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 3:21 - Then the LORD appeared again in Shiloh. For the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.
NKJV Footnotes
Hebrew heykal, palace or temple
Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; Septuagint adds and he arose in the morning.

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