1 Samuel 31The child Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. 2It happened at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place (now his eyes had begun to grow dim, so that he could not see), 3and the lamp of God hadn't yet gone out, and Samuel had lain down in the Lord's temple, where the ark of God was; 4that the Lord called Samuel; and he said, "Here I am." 5He 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. 6The Lord called yet again, "Samuel!"
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." 7Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him. 8The Lord called Samuel again the third time. He arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am; for you called me."
Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child. 9Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he calls you, that you shall say, 'Speak, Lord; for your servant hears.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10The Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!"
Then Samuel said, "Speak; for your servant hears."
11The Lord said to Samuel, "Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of everyone who hears it shall tingle. 12In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from the beginning even to the end. 13For I have told him that I will judge his house forever, for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a curse on themselves, and he did not restrain them. 14Therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be removed with sacrifice nor offering forever."
15Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel feared to show Eli the vision. 16Then Eli called Samuel, and said, "Samuel, my son!"
He said, "Here I am."
17He 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."
18Samuel told him every bit, and hid nothing from him.
He said, "It is the Lord. Let him do what seems good to him."
19Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20All Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord. 21The Lord appeared again in Shiloh; for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.
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