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1 Samuel 3:2 ASV
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place (now his eyes had begun to wax dim, so that he could not see),
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1 Samuel 3:2 BBE
And at that time, when Eli was resting in his place, (now his eyes were becoming clouded so that he was not able to see,)
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1 Samuel 3:2 CEB
One day Eli, whose eyes had grown so weak he was unable to see, was lying down in his room.
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1 Samuel 3:2 CJB
Once, during that period, 'Eli had gone to bed - his eyes had begun to grow dim, so that it was hard for him to see.
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1 Samuel 3:2 RHE
And it came to pass one day when Heli lay in his place, and his eyes were grown dim, that he could not see:
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1 Samuel 3:2 ESV
At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place.
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1 Samuel 3:2 GW
One night Eli was lying down in his room. His eyesight had begun to fail so that he couldn't see well.
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1 Samuel 3:2 GNT
One night Eli, who was now almost blind, was sleeping in his own room;
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1 Samuel 3:2 HNV
It 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),
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1 Samuel 3:2 CSB
One day Eli, whose eyesight was failing, was lying in his room.
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1 Samuel 3:2 KJV
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 ;
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1 Samuel 3:2 LEB
{And then} one day when Eli was lying in his place (now his eyes had begun [to grow] weak so that he was not able to see)
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1 Samuel 3:2 NAS
It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well),
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1 Samuel 3:2 NCV
Eli's eyes were so weak he was almost blind. One night he was lying in bed.
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1 Samuel 3:2 NIRV
One night Eli was lying down in his usual place. His eyes were becoming so weak he couldn't see very well.
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1 Samuel 3:2 NIV
One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.
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1 Samuel 3:2 NKJV
And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see,
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1 Samuel 3:2 NLT
One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had just gone to bed.
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1 Samuel 3:2 NRS
At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room;
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1 Samuel 3:2 RSV
At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim, so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place;
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1 Samuel 3:2 DBY
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli lay in his place (now his eyes began to grow dim, he could not see),
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1 Samuel 3:2 MSG
One night Eli was sound asleep (his eyesight was very bad - he could hardly see).
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1 Samuel 3:2 WBT
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli [was] laid down in his place, and his eyes began to grow dim, [that] he could not see;
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1 Samuel 3:2 TMB
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was lying down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim so that he could not see,
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1 Samuel 3:2 TNIV
One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.
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1 Samuel 3:2 WEB
It 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),
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1 Samuel 3:2 WYC
Therefore it was done in a day, Eli lay in his bed, and his eyes dimmed, and he might not see; (And so it was done one night, when Eli lay on his bed, and his eyes had dimmed, and he could not see;)
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1 Samuel 3:2 YLT
And it cometh to pass, at that time, that Eli is lying down in his place, and his eyes have begun to be dim -- he is not able to see.
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1 Samuel 3 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 3

The word of the Lord first revealed to Samuel. (1-10) God tells Samuel the destruction of Eli's house. (11-18) Samuel established to be a prophet. (19-21)

Verses 1-10 The call which Divine grace designs shall be made effectual; will be repeated till it is so, till we come to the call. Eli, perceiving that it was the voice of God that Samuel heard, instructed him what to say. Though it was a disgrace to Eli, for God's call to be directed to Samuel, yet he told him how to meet it. Thus the elder should do their utmost to assist and improve the younger that are rising up. Let us never fail to teach those who are coming after us, even such as will soon be preferred before us, ( John 1:30 ) . Good words should be put into children's mouths betimes, by which they may be prepared to learn Divine things, and be trained up to regard them.

Verses 11-18 What a great deal of guilt and corruption is there in us, concerning which we may say, It is the iniquity which our own heart knoweth; we are conscious to ourselves of it! Those who do not restrain the sins of others, when it is in their power to do it, make themselves partakers of the guilt, and will be charged as joining in it. In his remarkable answer to this awful sentence, Eli acknowledged that the Lord had a right to do as he saw good, being assured that he would do nothing wrong. The meekness, patience, and humility contained in those words, show that he was truly repentant; he accepted the punishment of his sin.

Verses 19-21 All increase in wisdom and grace, is owing to the presence of God with us. God will graciously repeat his visits to those who receive them aright. Early piety will be the greatest honour of young people. Those who honour God he will honour. Let young people consider the piety of Samuel, and from him they will learn to remember their Creator in the days of their youth. Young children are capable of religion. Samuel is a proof that their waiting upon the Lord will be pleasing to him. He is a pattern of all those amiable tempers, which are the brightest ornament of youth, and a sure source of happiness.

1 Samuel 3 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 3

1 Samuel 3:1-10 . THE LORD APPEARS TO SAMUEL IN A VISION.

1. the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli--His ministry consisted, of course, of such duties in or about the sanctuary as were suited to his age, which is supposed now to have been about twelve years. Whether the office had been specially assigned him, or it arose from the interest inspired by the story of his birth, Eli kept him as his immediate attendant; and he resided not in the sanctuary, but in one of the tents or apartments around it, assigned for the accommodation of the priests and Levites, his being near to that of the high priest.
the word of the Lord was precious in those days--It was very rarely known to the Israelites; and in point of fact only two prophets are mentioned as having appeared during the whole administration of the judges ( Judges 4:4 , 6:8 ).
there was no open vision--no publicly recognized prophet whom the people could consult, and from whom they might learn the will of God. There must have been certain indubitable evidences by which a communication from heaven could be distinguished. Eli knew them, for he may have received them, though not so frequently as is implied in the idea of an "open vision."

3. ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord--The "temple" seems to have become the established designation of the tabernacle, and the time indicated was towards the morning twilight, as the lamps were extinguished at sunrise (see Leviticus 6:12 Leviticus 6:13 ).

5-18. he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me--It is evident that his sleeping chamber was close to that of the aged high priest and that he was accustomed to be called during the night. The three successive calls addressed to the boy convinced Eli of the divine character of the speaker, and he therefore exhorted the child to give a reverential attention to the message. The burden of [the Lord's message] was an extraordinary premonition of the judgments that impended over Eli's house; and the aged priest, having drawn the painful secret from the child, exclaimed, "It is the Lord; let him do what seemeth him good." Such is the spirit of meek and unmurmuring submission in which we ought to receive the dispensations of God, however severe and afflictive. But, in order to form a right estimate of Eli's language and conduct on this occasion, we must consider the overwhelming accumulation of judgments denounced against his person, his sons, his descendants--his altar, and nation. With such a threatening prospect before him, his piety and meekness were wonderful. In his personal character he seems to have been a good man, but his sons' conduct was flagrantly bad; and though his misfortunes claim our sympathy, it is impossible to approve or defend the weak and unfaithful course which, in the retributive justice of God, brought these adversities upon him.