3The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.H5288H8050H8334H3068H6440H5941H1697H3068H3368H3117H6555H23772One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.H3117H5941H7901H4725H5869H2490H3544H3201H72003The 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.H5216H430H3518H1964H3068H727H430H8050H79014Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, "Here I am."H3068H7121H8050H5595And 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.H7323H5941H559H2009H7121H559H7121H7901H7725H3212H79016Again 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."H3068H7121H3254H8050H8050H6965H3212H5941H559H7121H559H7121H1121H7901H77257Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.H8050H2962H3045H3068H1697H3068H15408A 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.H3068H7121H8050H3254H7992H6965H3212H5941H559H7121H5941H995H3068H7121H52889So 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.H5941H559H8050H3212H7901H7121H559H1696H3068H5650H8085H8050H3212H7901H472510The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."H3068H935H3320H7121H6471H8050H8050H8050H559H1696H5650H808511And 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.H3068H559H8050H6213H1697H3478H8147H241H8085H675012At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end.H3117H6965H5941H1696H413H1004H2490H361513For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them.H5046H8199H1004H5704H5769H5771H3045H1121H7043H354314Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, 'The guilt of Eli's house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.' "H7650H1004H5941H5771H5941H1004H3722H2077H4503H5704H576915Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the LORD. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision,H8050H7901H1242H6605H1817H1004H3068H8050H3372H5046H5941H475916but Eli called him and said, "Samuel, my son." Samuel answered, "Here I am."H5941H7121H8050H559H8050H1121H55917"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."H559H1697H1696H3582H430H6213H3254H3582H1697H1697H169618So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, "He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes."H8050H5046H1697H3582H559H3068H6213H5869H289619The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel's words fall to the ground.H8050H1431H3068H1697H5307H77620And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the LORD.H3478H1835H884H3045H8050H539H5030H306821The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.H3068H7200H3254H7887H3068H1540H8050H7887H1697H3068
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