1 Samuel 3
How the Word of the LORD was first revealed to Samuel.
1 Samuel 3:1 Nowe the childe Samuel ministred vnto the Lord before Eli: and the word of the Lord was precious in those dayes: for there was no manifest vision. 1 Samuel 3:2 And at that time, as Eli lay in his place, his eyes began to waxe dimme that he could not see. 1 Samuel 3:3 And yet the light of God went out, Samuel slept in the temple of the Lorde, where the Arke of God was. 1 Samuel 3:4 Then the Lorde called Samuel: and hee said, Here I am. 1 Samuel 3:5 And he ranne vnto Eli, and said, Here am I, for thou calledst me. But he said, I called thee not: goe againe and sleepe; he went and slept. 1 Samuel 3:6 And the Lorde called once againe, Samuel; Samuel arose, and went to Eli, and said, I am here: for thou diddest call me; he answered, I called thee not, my sonne: go againe and sleepe. 1 Samuel 3:7 Thus did Samuel, before hee knewe the Lord, and before the word of the Lord was reueiled vnto him. 1 Samuel 3:8 And the Lorde called Samuel againe the thirde time: and he arose, and went to Eli, & said, I am here: for thou hast called me. Then Eli perceiued that the Lord had called the childe. 1 Samuel 3:9 Therefore Eli saide vnto Samuel, Goe and sleepe: and if he call thee, then say, Speake Lorde, for thy seruant heareth. So Samuel went, and slept in his place. 1 Samuel 3:10 And the Lord came, and stoode, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speake, for thy seruant heareth.
God telleth Samuel the destruction of Eli's house.
1 Samuel 3:11 Then the Lord said to Samuel, Beholde, I wil doe a thing in Israel, whereof whosoeuer shall heare, his two eares shall tingle. 1 Samuel 3:12 In that day I will raise vp against Eli all things which I haue spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an ende. 1 Samuel 3:13 And I haue tolde him that I will iudge his house for euer, for the iniquitie which hee knoweth, because his sonnes ranne into a slaunder, and he stayed them not. 1 Samuel 3:14 Nowe therefore I haue sworne vnto the house of Eli, that the wickednes of Elis house, shal not be purged with sacrifice nor offring for euer.
Samuel, though loth, telleth Eli the vision.
1 Samuel 3:15 Afterward Samuel slept vntil the morning, and opened the doores of the house of the Lord, and Samuel feared to shewe Eli the vision. 1 Samuel 3:16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel my sonne; he answered, Here I am. 1 Samuel 3:17 Then he said, What is it, that the Lord said vnto thee? I pray thee, hide it not from mee. God doe so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me, of all that he said vnto thee. 1 Samuel 3:18 So Samuel tolde him euery whit, and hid nothing from him. Then hee said, It is the Lorde: let him do what seemeth him good.
Samuel groweth in credit.
1 Samuel 3:19 And Samuel grew, & the Lord was with him, and let none of his words fall to the ground. 1 Samuel 3:20 And all Israel fro Dan to Beer-sheba knew that faithfull Samuel was the Lordes Prophet. 1 Samuel 3:21 And the Lorde appeared againe in Shiloh: for the Lorde reueiled himselfe to Samuel in Shiloh by his word.