The boy Samuel ministered1 before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare;2 there were not many visions.3
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One night Eli, whose eyes4 were becoming so weak that he could barely see,5 was lying down in his usual place.
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The lamp6 of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple7 of the LORD, where the ark8 of God was.
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Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, "Here I am.9"
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And he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." But Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down." So he went and lay down.
Again the LORD called, "Samuel!" And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." "My son," Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down."
Now Samuel did not yet know10 the LORD: The word11 of the LORD had not yet been revealed12 to him.
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The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy.
So Eli told Samuel, "Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.' " So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!13" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."
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And the LORD said to Samuel: "See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle.14
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At that time I will carry out against Eli everything15 I spoke against his family--from beginning to end.
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For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons made themselves contemptible, and he failed to restrain16 them.
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Therefore, I swore to the house of Eli, 'The guilt of Eli's house will never be atoned17 for by sacrifice or offering.' "
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Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the LORD. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision,