NASB — 1 Samuel 3 — KJV

The Prophetic Call to Samuel

1 Now athe boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD before Eli. And bword from the LORD was rare in those days, Ivisions were infrequent.

[1] ILit no vision spread abroad a1S 2:11, 18 bPs 74:9; Ezk 7:26; Am 8:11, 12

2 ¶ It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now ahis eyesight had begun to grow dim [and] he could not see [well)], 3 and athe lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God [was], 4 that the LORD called Samuel; and he said, “aHere I am.” 5 Then he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6 The LORD called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he Ianswered, “I did not call, my son, lie down again.” 7 aNow Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor had the word of the LORD yet been revealed to him. 8 So the LORD called Samuel again for the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli discerned that the LORD was calling the boy. 9 And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

[2] aGn 27:1; 48:10; 1S 4:15
[3] aEx 25:31-37; Lv 24:2, 3
[4] aIs 6:8
[6] ILit said
[7] aAc 19:2; 1Co 13:11

10 ¶ Then the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” 11 The LORD said to Samuel, “Behold, aI am about to do a thing in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12 In that day aI will carry out against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13 For aI have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for bthe iniquity which he knew, because chis sons brought a curse on themselves and dhe did not rebuke them. 14 Therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that athe iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”

[11] a2K 21:12; Jr 19:3
[12] a1S 2:27-36
[13] a1S 2:29-31 b1S 2:22 c1S 2:12, 17, 22 dDt 17:12; 21:18
[14] aLv 15:31; Is 22:14

15 ¶ So Samuel lay down until morning. Then he aopened the doors of the house of the LORD. But Samuel was afraid to tell bthe vision to Eli. 16 Then Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he said, “Here I am.” 17 He said, “What is the word that He spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me. aMay God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the words that He spoke to you.” 18 So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. And he said, “aIt is the LORD; let Him do what seems good to Him.”

[15] a1Ch 15:23 b1S 3:10
[17] a2S 3:35
[18] aEx 34:5-7; Lv 10:3; Jb 2:10; Is 39:8

19 ¶ Thus aSamuel grew and bthe LORD was with him and clet none of his words Ifail. 20 All Israel afrom Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet of the LORD. 21 And athe LORD appeared again at Shiloh, bbecause the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD.

[19] ILit fall to the ground a1S 2:21 bGn 21:22; 28:15; 39:2 c1S 9:6
[20] aJg 20:1
[21] aGn 12:7 b1S 3:10


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How the Word of the LORD was first revealed to Samuel.

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.

[1] 1S 2:11, 18; 3:15, 21; Ps 74:9; Is 13:12; Am 8:11.
[2] Gn 27:1; 48:19; 1S 2:22; 4:15; Ps 90:10; Ec 12:3.
[3] Ex 27:20; 30:7; Lv 24:2; 1S 1:6; 2Ch 13:11; Ps 5:7; 27:4; 29:9.
[4] Gn 22:1; Ex 3:4; Ps 99:6; Ac 9:4; 1Co 12:6, 28; Ga 1:15.
[6] Gn 43:29; 1S 4:16; 2S 18:22; Mt 9:2.
[7] Jr 9:24; Ac 19:2.
[8] Jb 33:14; 1Co 13:11.
[9] Ex 20:19; Ps 85:8; Is 6:8; Dn 10:19; Ac 9:6.
[10] 1S 3:4, 8.

God telleth Samuel the destruction of Eli's house.

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.

[11] 2K 21:12; Is 28:19; 29:14; Jr 19:3; Am 3:6; Hab 1:5; Lk 21:26; Ac 13:41.
[12] Nu 23:19; Jsh 23:15; 1S 2:27; Zc 1:6; Lk 21:33.
[13] 1S 2:12, 17, 22, 23, 27, 31; 1K 1:6; 2:44; 2Ch 20:12; Pv 19:18; 23:13; 29:15; Ec 7:22; Ezk 7:3; 18:30; Jol 3:12; Mt 10:37; 1Jn 3:20.
[14] Nu 15:30; 1S 2:25; Ps 51:16; Is 22:14; Jr 7:16; 15:1; Ezk 24:13; He 10:4, 26.

Samuel, though loth, telleth Eli the vision.

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.

[15] 1S 1:9; Jr 1:6; Mal 1:10; 1Co 16:10.
[17] Ru 1:17; 1S 20:13; 2S 3:35; 19:13; 1K 22:16; Ps 141:5; Dn 4:19; Mi 2:7; Mt 26:63.
[18] Gn 18:25; Jg 10:15; 2S 16:10; Jb 1:21; 2:10; Ps 39:9; Is 39:8; Lm 3:39; 1P 5:6.

Samuel groweth in credit.

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.

[19] Gn 39:2, 21; Jg 13:24; 1S 2:21; 9:6; 18:14; 1K 8:56; Is 43:2; 44:26; Mt 1:23; Lk 1:28, 80; 2:40, 52; 2Co 13:11, 14; 2Ti 4:22.
[20] Jg 20:1; 2S 3:10; 17:11; 1Ti 1:12.
[21] Gn 12:7; 15:1; Nu 12:6; 1S 3:1, 4; Am 3:7; He 1:1.


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