But Samuel was ministering1 before the LORD--a boy wearing a linen ephod.219
Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual3 sacrifice.
Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, "May the LORD give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed4 for and gave to the LORD." Then they would go home.
And the LORD was gracious to Hannah;5 she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew6 up in the presence of the LORD.
Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything7 his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women8 who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
So he said to them, "Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours.
No, my sons; it is not a good report that I hear spreading among the LORD's people.
If a man sins against another man, Goda may mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who will9 intercede10 for him?" His sons, however, did not listen to their father's rebuke, for it was the LORD's will to put them to death.
And the boy Samuel continued to grow11 in stature and in favor with the LORD and with men.12