1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under
Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not
2 At that time
Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see,
was lying down in his room;
3 the lamp of
God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple
of the Lord, where the ark of God was.
4 Then the Lord
called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I
5 and ran to Eli,
and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said,
‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay
6 The Lord called
again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and
said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I
did not call, my son; lie down again.’
7 Now Samuel did
not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been
revealed to him.
8 The Lord called
Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said,
‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that
the Lord was calling the boy.
9 Therefore Eli
said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall
say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” ’
So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 Now the Lord
came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’
And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’
11 Then the Lord
said to Samuel, ‘See, I am about to do something in Israel
that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle.
12 On that day
I will fulfil against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his
house, from beginning to end.
13 For I have
told him that I am about to punish his house for ever, for the iniquity
that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did
not restrain them.
14 Therefore I
swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house
shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering for ever.’
15 Samuel lay
there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the
Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli.
16 But Eli called
Samuel and said, ‘Samuel, my son.’ He said, ‘Here
17 Eli said, ‘What
was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to
you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told
18 So Samuel told
him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, ‘It
is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.’