The child Shemu'el ministered to the LORD before `Eli. The word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no frequent vision.
It happened at that time, when `Eli was laid down in his place (now his eyes had begun to grow dim, so that he could not see),
and the lamp of God hadn't yet gone out, and Shemu'el had laid down [to sleep], in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was;
that the LORD called Shemu'el; and he said, Here am I.
He ran to `Eli, and said, Here am I; for you called me. He said, I didn't call; lie down again. He went and lay down.
The LORD called yet again, Shemu'el. Shemu'el arose and went to `Eli, and said, Here am I; for you called me. He answered, I didn't call, my son; lie down again.
Now Shemu'el didn't yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed to him.
The LORD called Shemu'el again the third time. He arose and went to `Eli, and said, Here am I; for you called me. `Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.
Therefore `Eli said to Shemu'el, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call you, that you shall say, Speak, the LORD; for your servant hears. So Shemu'el went and lay down in his place.
The LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Shemu'el, Shemu'el. Then Shemu'el said, Speak; for your servant hears.
The LORD said to Shemu'el, Behold, I will do a thing in Yisra'el, at which both the ears of everyone who hears it shall tingle.
In that day I will perform against `Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from the beginning even to the end.
For I have told him that I will judge his house forever, for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons did bring a curse on themselves, and he didn't restrain them.
Therefore I have sworn to the house of `Eli, that the iniquity of `Eli's house shall not be expiated with sacrifice nor offering forever.
Shemu'el lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. Shemu'el feared to show `Eli the vision.
Then `Eli called Shemu'el, and said, Shemu'el, my son. He said, Here am I.
He said, "What is the thing that [the LORD] has spoken to you? Please don't hide it from me. God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the things that he spoke to you."
Shemu'el told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. He said, It is the LORD: let him do what seems him good.
Shemu'el grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
All Yisra'el from Dan even to Be'er-Sheva knew that Shemu'el was established to be a prophet of the LORD.
The LORD appeared again in Shiloh; for the LORD revealed himself to Shemu'el in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.