1 Samuel 3
The Call of Samuel
3:1 Now the boy Samuel continued serving the Lord> under Eli’s supervision.1 Word from the Lord> was rare in those days; revelatory visions were infrequent.
3:2 Eli’s eyes had begun to fail, so that he was unable to see well. At that time he was lying down in his place,
3:3 and the lamp of God had not yet been extinguished. Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord> as well; the ark of God was also there.
3:4 The Lord> called to Samuel, and he replied, “Here I am!”
3:5 Then he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But Eli2 said, “I didn’t call you. Go back and lie down.” So he went back and lay down.
3:6 The Lord> again called, “Samuel!” So Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But Eli3 said, “I didn’t call you, my son. Go back and lie down.”
3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord>; the word of the Lord> had not yet been revealed to him.
3:8 Then the Lord> called Samuel a third time. So he got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me!” Eli then realized that it was the Lord> who was calling the boy.
3:9 So Eli said to Samuel, “Go back and lie down. When he calls you, say, “Speak, Lord>, for your servant is listening.” So Samuel went back and lay down in his place.
3:10 Then the Lord> came and stood nearby, calling as he had previously done, “Samuel! Samuel!” Samuel replied, “Speak, for your servant is listening!”
3:11 The Lord> said to Samuel, “Look! I am about to do something in Israel;4 when anyone hears about it, both of his ears will tingle.
3:12 On that day I will carry out5 against Eli everything that I spoke about his house – from start to finish!
3:13 You6 should tell him that I am about to judge his house forever because of7 the sin that he knew about. For his sons were cursing God,8 and he did not rebuke them.
3:14 Therefore I swore an oath to the house of Eli, ‘The sin of the house of Eli can never be forgiven by sacrifice or by grain offering.’”
3:15 So Samuel lay down until morning. Then he opened the doors of the Lord>’s house. But Samuel was afraid to tell Eli about the vision.
3:16 However, Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son!” He replied, “Here I am.”
3:17 Eli9 said, “What message did he speak to you? Don’t conceal it from me. God will judge you severely10 if you conceal from me anything that he said to you!”