1 Samuel 3:1-8 NIV

The LORD Calls Samuel

1 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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2 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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3 The lamp6 of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the templea7 of the LORD, where the ark8 of God was.

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4 Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, "Here I am.9"

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5 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.
6 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."
7 Now Samuel did not yet know10 the LORD: The word11 of the LORD had not yet been revealed12 to him.

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8 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.