1 Samuel 3:19-20

19 The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.
20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the LORD.

1 Samuel 3:19 in Other Translations

KJV
19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
ESV
19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.
NLT
19 As Samuel grew up, the LORD was with him, and everything Samuel said proved to be reliable.
MSG
19 Samuel grew up. God was with him, and Samuel's prophetic record was flawless.
CSB
19 Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let nothing he said prove false.

1 Samuel 3:19-20 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO FIRST SAMUEL 3

This chapter gives an account of the Lord's calling to Samuel in the night season, which he first took for the voice of Eli, but being instructed by him, made answer to the voice, 1Sa 3:1-10, and of a message sent from him by Samuel to Eli, foretelling the destruction of his family, 1Sa 3:11-14 and of the delivery of it to him, which Samuel was first fearful of doing, but, encouraged by Eli, he delivered it to him, to which he patiently submitted, 1Sa 3:15-18 and the chapter is closed with the establishment of Samuel as a prophet of the Lord, who continued to appear and reveal himself to him, 1Sa 3:19-21.

1 Samuel 3:19-20 In-Context

17 “What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.”
18 So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes.”
19 The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.
20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the LORD.
21 The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.

Cross References 5

  • 1. S Genesis 21:22; Genesis 39:2; S Numbers 14:43
  • 2. S Judges 13:24; 1 Samuel 2:21
  • 3. 1 Samuel 9:6
  • 4. S Judges 20:1
  • 5. S Deuteronomy 18:22; Ezekiel 33:33
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