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1 Samuel 3

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 1 And the child Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; visions were very uncommon.

 2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to deteriorate to dimness, that he could not see;

 3 And before the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel had laid down to sleep;

 4 That the LORD called Samuel, and he answered, "Here am I."

 5 And he ran to Eli, and said, "Here am I; for you called me." And Eli said, "I did not call; lie down again." And he went and lay down.

 6 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here am I; for you called me." And he answered, "I did not call my son; lie down again."

 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither had the word of the LORD been revealed to him.1

 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here am I; you called me." And Eli discerned that the LORD had called the child.

 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down; and it shall be, if he calls you, that you shall say, "Speak LORD for your servant hears." So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

 10 And the LORD came, and stood and called as at other times, "Samuel, Samuel." Then Samuel answered, "Speak for your servant hears."

 11 And the LORD said to Samuel, "Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of everyone that hears it shall tingle.

 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things that I have spoken concerning his house; when I begin, I will also make an end.

 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity of which he is aware, and because his sons have made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them.

 14 And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice or offering forever."

 15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to show Eli the vision.

 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, "Samuel, my son." And he answered, "I am here".

 17 And he said, "What is it that the LORD has said to you? I pray you not to hide it from me. May God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the things that he said to you."

 18 And Samuel told him every detail, and hid nothing from him. And Eli said, "It is the LORD; let him do what seems him good."

 19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and let none of his words fall to the ground [be ineffective or come true].

 20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.

 21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh; for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.


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1 Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither had the word of the LORD been revealed to him. To know the Lord is to have the word of the Lord in your heart to be revealed to you, and then to know his voice. Faith comes by hearing the word of God, and the word of faith that the apostles preached was the word in a man's heart and mouth, close by so it could be heard and obeyed. Deu 30:14, Rom 10:8,17.

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