1 Samuel 3
How the Word of the LORD was first revealed to Samuel.
1 Samuel 3:1 And the youth Samuel is serving Jehovah before Eli, and the word of Jehovah hath been precious in those daysthere is no vision broken forth. 1 Samuel 3:2 And it cometh to pass, at that time, that Eli is lying down in his place, and his eyes have begun to be dimhe is not able to see. 1 Samuel 3:3 And the lamp of God is not yet extinguished, and Samuel is lying down in the temple of Jehovah, where the ark of God [is], 1 Samuel 3:4 and Jehovah calleth unto Samuel, and he saith, 'Here [am] I.' 1 Samuel 3:5 And he runneth unto Eli, and saith, 'Here [am] I, for thou hast called for me;' and he saith, 'I called not; turn back, lie down;' and he goeth and lieth down. 1 Samuel 3:6 And Jehovah addeth to call again Samuel, and Samuel riseth and goeth unto Eli, and saith, 'Here [am] I, for thou hast called for me;' and he saith, 'I have not called, my son, turn back, lie down.' 1 Samuel 3:7 And Samuel hath not yet known Jehovah, and the word of Jehovah is not yet revealed unto him. 1 Samuel 3:8 And Jehovah addeth to call Samuel the third time, and he riseth and goeth unto Eli, and saith, 'Here [am] I, for thou hast called for me;' and Eli understandeth that Jehovah is calling to the youth. 1 Samuel 3:9 And Eli saith to Samuel, 'Go, lie down, and it hath been, if He doth call unto thee, that thou hast said, Speak, Jehovah, for Thy servant is hearing;' and Samuel goeth and lieth down in his place. 1 Samuel 3:10 And Jehovah cometh, and stationeth Himself, and calleth as time by time, 'Samuel, Samuel;' and Samuel saith, 'Speak, for Thy servant is hearing.'
God telleth Samuel the destruction of Eli's house.
1 Samuel 3:11 And Jehovah saith unto Samuel, 'Lo, I am doing a thing in Israel, at which the two ears of every one hearing it do tingle. 1 Samuel 3:12 In that day I establish unto Eli all that I have spoken unto his house, beginning and completing; 1 Samuel 3:13 and I have declared to him that I am judging his houseto the age, for the iniquity which he hath known, for his sons are making themselves vile, and he hath not restrained them, 1 Samuel 3:14 and therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli: the iniquity of the house of Eli is not atoned for, by sacrifice, and by offeringunto the age.'
Samuel, though loth, telleth Eli the vision.
1 Samuel 3:15 And Samuel lieth till the morning, and openeth the doors of the house of Jehovah, and Samuel is afraid of declaring the vision unto Eli. 1 Samuel 3:16 And Eli calleth Samuel, and saith, 'Samuel, my son;' and he saith, 'Here [am] I.' 1 Samuel 3:17 And he saith, 'What [is] the word which He hath spoken unto thee? I pray thee, hide it not from me; so doth God do to thee, and so doth He add, if thou hidest from me a word of all the words that He hath spoken unto thee.' 1 Samuel 3:18 And Samuel declareth to him the whole of the words, and hath not hid from him; and he saith, 'It [is] Jehovah; that which is good in His eyes He doth.'
Samuel groweth in credit.
1 Samuel 3:19 And Samuel groweth up, and Jehovah hath been with him, and hath not let fall any of his words to the earth; 1 Samuel 3:20 and all Israel know, from Dan even unto Beer-Sheba, that Samuel is established for a prophet to Jehovah. 1 Samuel 3:21 And Jehovah addeth to appear in Shiloh, for Jehovah hath been revealed unto Samuel, in Shiloh, by the word of Jehovah.