< 1 Samuel 3 >

1 The child Samuel ministered to Jehovah before Eli. The word of Jehovah was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. 2 It happened at that time, when Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyes had begun to grow dim, so that he could not see), 3 and the lamp of God hadn't yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in Jehovah's temple, where the ark of God was; 4 that Jehovah called, "Samuel. Samuel." And he said, "Here I am." 5 He ran to Eli, and said, "Here I am; for you called me." He said, "I did not call; lie down again." He went and lay down. 6 Jehovah called yet again, "Samuel. Samuel." And he 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." 7 Now Samuel did not yet know Jehovah, neither was the word of Jehovah yet revealed to him. 8 Jehovah called Samuel again the third time. He arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am; for you called me." Eli perceived that Jehovah had called the child. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he calls you, that you shall say, 'Speak, Jehovah; for your servant hears.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 Jehovah came, and stood, and called as at other times, "Samuel. Samuel." Then Samuel said, "Speak; for your servant hears." 11 Jehovah said to Samuel, "Look, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of everyone who hears it shall tingle. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from the beginning even to the end. 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house forever, for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons were cursing God, and he did not restrain them. 14 Therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be removed with sacrifice nor offering forever." 15 And Samuel lay there until the morning, and in the morning he got up and opened the doors of the house of Jehovah. And Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision. 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, "Samuel, my son." He said, "Here I am." 17 He said, "What is the thing that he has spoken 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 spoke to you in your ears." 18 And Samuel told him everything, and did not hide anything from him. And he said, "It is Jehovah. Let him do what seems good to him." 19 Samuel grew, and Jehovah was with him, and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 All Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of Jehovah. 21 Jehovah appeared again in Shiloh; for Jehovah revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of Jehovah.