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1 Samuel 3:3 ASV
and the lamp of God was not yet gone out, and Samuel was laid down [to sleep], in the temple of Jehovah, where the ark of God was;
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1 Samuel 3:3 BBE
And the light of God was still burning, while Samuel was sleeping in the Temple of the Lord where the ark of God was,
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1 Samuel 3:3 CEB
God's lamp hadn't gone out yet, and Samuel was lying down in the LORD's temple, where God's chest was.
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1 Samuel 3:3 CJB
The lamp of God had not yet gone out; and Sh'mu'el had lain down to sleep in the sanctuary of ADONAI, where the ark of God was.
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1 Samuel 3:3 RHE
Before the lamp of God went out, Samuel slept in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.
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1 Samuel 3:3 ESV
The 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.
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1 Samuel 3:3 GW
The lamp in God's temple hadn't gone out yet, and Samuel was asleep in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was kept.
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1 Samuel 3:3 GNT
Samuel was sleeping in the sanctuary, where the sacred Covenant Box was. Before dawn, while the lamp was still burning,
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1 Samuel 3:3 HNV
and the lamp of God hadn't yet gone out, and Shemu'el had laid down [to sleep], in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was;
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1 Samuel 3:3 CSB
Before the lamp of God had gone out, Samuel was lying down in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was located.
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1 Samuel 3:3 KJV
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;
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1 Samuel 3:3 LEB
and the lamp of God had not yet gone out, Samuel was lying in the temple of Yahweh where the ark of God [was].
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1 Samuel 3:3 NAS
and the 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,
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1 Samuel 3:3 NCV
Samuel was also in bed in the Lord's house, where the Ark of the Agreement was. God's lamp was still burning.
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1 Samuel 3:3 NIRV
Samuel was lying down in the LORD's house. That's where the ark of God was kept. The lamp of God was still burning.
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1 Samuel 3:3 NIV
The 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.
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1 Samuel 3:3 NKJV
and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down,
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1 Samuel 3:3 NLT
The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God.
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1 Samuel 3:3 NRS
the 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.
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1 Samuel 3:3 RSV
the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down within the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.
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1 Samuel 3:3 DBY
and the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel lay in the temple of Jehovah, where the ark of God was,
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1 Samuel 3:3 MSG
It was well before dawn; the sanctuary lamp was still burning. Samuel was still in bed in the Temple of God, where the Chest of God rested.
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1 Samuel 3:3 WBT
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];
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1 Samuel 3:3 TMB
and ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was, and Samuel was lying down to sleep,
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1 Samuel 3:3 TNIV
The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the LORD, where the ark of God was.
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1 Samuel 3:3 WEB
and the lamp of God hadn't yet gone out, and Samuel had laid down [to sleep], in the temple of Yahweh, where the ark of God was;
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1 Samuel 3:3 WYC
the lantern of the Lord was not yet quenched. And Samuel slept in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. (and Samuel also slept in the Temple of the Lord, where the Ark of God was. And one morning, before that the lantern of God was quenched,)
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1 Samuel 3:3 YLT
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],
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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.