1 Samuel 3:7

7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.

1 Samuel 3:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.
ESV
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
NLT
7 Samuel did not yet know the LORD because he had never had a message from the LORD before.
MSG
7 (This all happened before Samuel knew God for himself. It was before the revelation of God had been given to him personally.)
CSB
7 Now Samuel had not yet experienced the Lord, because the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

1 Samuel 3:7 Meaning and Commentary

1 Samuel 3:7

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord
He knew that Jehovah, the God of Israel, was the true God; he had spiritual knowledge of him, and knew somewhat of his word and worship, ways and ordinances, in which he had been instructed by Eli; wherefore, though the Targum is,

``Samuel had not yet learned to know doctrine from the Lord;''

it can only be understood, that he had not learnt it perfectly; somewhat he knew of it, but in an imperfect manner, being a child: but the sense of the word is, that as yet he was ignorant that God had used to speak with ordinary and familiar voice to men, as Maimonides says {s}; he perhaps had never heard of any such thing, and much less was experimentally acquainted with it, that God ever did speak after such a manner to men, and could not distinguish between the voice of God and the voice of Eli:

neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him;
what of the written word that was in being he had, and read, as the law of Moses; but the meaning is, that no word of prophecy of the Lord was revealed unto him, as the Targum; he never had prophesied as yet, and knew not the form and manner of prophecy, as the above writer observes, or what methods God took to reveal himself, his mind and will, to men, at least not this by an audible voice.


FOOTNOTES:

F19 Moreh Nevochim, par. 2. c. 44.

1 Samuel 3:7 In-Context

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 know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
8 A third time the LORD called, “Samuel!” 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.
9 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.

Cross References 3

  • 1. 1 Samuel 2:12
  • 2. Jeremiah 1:2
  • 3. S Numbers 12:6; Amos 3:7; Acts 19:12