THE BOY WHO HEARD GOD

 

1 Samuel 3:1-21

1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And

the word of the LORD was precious in those days; [there was] no

open vision. 2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli [was]

laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, [that] he

could not see; 3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple

of the LORD, where the ark of God [was], and Samuel was laid down

[to sleep]; 4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here

[am] I. 5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here [am] I; for thou

calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he

went and lay down. 6 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And

Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here [am] I; for thou

didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down

again. 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the

word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. 8 And the LORD called

Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and

said, Here [am] I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that

the LORD had called the child. 9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel,

Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt

say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay

down in his place. 10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as

at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for

thy servant heareth. 11 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I

will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one

that heareth it shall tingle. 12 In that day I will perform

against Eli all [things] which I have spoken concerning his house:

when I begin, I will also make an end. 13 For I have told him

that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he

knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained

them not. 14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli,

that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with

sacrifice nor offering for ever. 15 And Samuel lay until the

morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel

feared to shew Eli the vision. 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and

said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here [am] I. 17 And he

said, What [is] the thing that [the LORD] hath said unto thee? I

pray thee hide [it] not from me: God do so to thee, and more also,

if thou hide [any] thing from me of all the things that he said

unto thee. 18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing

from him. And he said, It [is] the LORD: let him do what seemeth

him good. 19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did

let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from

Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel [was] established [to be] a

prophet of the LORD. 21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh:

for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of

the LORD.


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