Now 1the boySamuel was ministering to the LORDbeforeEli. And 2word from the LORD was rare in thosedays, avisions were infrequent .
It happened at that time as Eli was lyingdown in his place (now 3his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well),
and 4the lamp of God had not yetgone out, and Samuel was lyingdown in the temple of the LORDwhere the ark of God was,
that the LORDcalledSamuel; and he said, "5Here I am."
Then he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call, liedownagain." So he went and laydown.
The LORDcalledyetagain, "Samuel!" So Samuelarose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he banswered, "I did not call, my son, liedownagain."
76Now Samuel did not yetknow the LORD, nor had the word of the LORDyet been revealed to him.
So the LORDcalledSamuelagain for the thirdtime. And he arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Then Elidiscerned that the LORD was calling the boy.
And Elisaid to Samuel, "Goliedown, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, 'Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.' " So Samuelwent and laydown in his place.
Then the LORDcame and stood and called as at othertimes, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuelsaid, "Speak, for Your servant is listening."