1st Samuel 2

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The First Book of Samuel

Chapter 3

1

And the child Samuel ministered18 unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; [there was] no open12 vision.

2

And it came to pass at that time, when Eli [was] laid down6 in his place, and his eyes began52 to wax dim, [that] he could4 not see;2

3

And ere the lamp of God went out4 in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God [was], and Samuel was laid down6 [to sleep];

4

That the LORD called4 Samuel: and he answered,4 Here [am] I.

5

And he ran4 unto Eli, and said,4 Here [am] I; for thou calledst1 me. And he said,4 I called1 not; lie down3 again.3 And he went4 and lay down.4

6

And the LORD called2 yet again,55 Samuel. And Samuel arose4 and went4 to Eli, and said,4 Here [am] I; for thou didst call1 me. And he answered,4 I called1 not, my son; lie down3 again.3

7

Now Samuel did not yet know1 the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed11 unto him.

8

And the LORD called2 Samuel again55 the third time. And he arose4 and went4 to Eli, and said,4 Here [am] I; for thou didst call1 me. And Eli perceived4 that the LORD had called6 the child.

9

Therefore Eli said4 unto Samuel, Go,3 lie down:3 and it shall be, if he call4 thee, that thou shalt say,1 Speak,16 LORD; for thy servant heareth.6 So Samuel went4 and lay down4 in his place.

10

And the LORD came,4 and stood,101 and called4 as at other times, 6471 Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered,4 Speak;16 for thy servant heareth.6

11

And the LORD said4 to Samuel, Behold, I will do6 a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth6 it shall tingle.4

12

In that day I will perform55 against Eli all [things] which I have spoken14 concerning his house: when I begin,53 I will also make an end.15

13

For I have told52 him that I will judge6 his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth;1 because his sons made themselves vile,18 and he restrained14 them not.

14

And therefore I have sworn8 unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged101 with sacrifice nor offering for ever.

15

And Samuel lay4 until the morning, and opened4 the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared1 to shew53 Eli the vision.

16

Then Eli called4 Samuel, and said,4 Samuel, my son. And he answered,4 Here [am] I.

17

And he said,4 What [is] the thing that [the LORD] hath said14 unto thee? I pray thee hide17 [it] not from me: God do4 so to thee, and more55 also, if thou hide17 [any] thing from me of all the things that he said14 unto thee.

18

And Samuel told55 him every whit, and hid14 nothing from him. And he said,4 It [is] the LORD: let him do4 what seemeth him good.

19

And Samuel grew,4 and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall52 to the ground.

20

And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew4 that Samuel [was] established12 [to be] a prophet of the LORD.

21

And the LORD appeared9 again55 in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed8 himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.

1st Samuel 4