1 Samuel 3:1-21
1 Now the boyA SamuelB was ministeringC to the LordD underE Eli.F
The wordG of the Lord was rareH in those days; visionsI were not widespread.J
2 At that timeK Eli, whose eyesightL had begunM to grow dimN
so that he couldO not see,P was lying downQ in his room;R
3 the lampS of GodT had not yet gone out,U and Samuel was lying down in the templeV of the Lord, where the arkW of God was.
4 Then the Lord called,X “Samuel! Samuel!”
and he said, “Here I am!”Y 5 and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”
But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.”Z So he wentAA and lay down.
6 The Lord called again,BB “Samuel!”
Samuel got upCC and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”
But he said, “I did not call, my son;DD lie down again.”
7 Now Samuel did not yet knowEE the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealedFF 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 perceivedGG 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,HH Lord, for your servantII is listening.’”JJ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.KK
10 Now the Lord came and stoodLL there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!”
And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
11 Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See,MM I am about to doNN somethingOO in IsraelPP that will make both earsQQ of anyone who hears of it tingle.RR
12 On that day I will fulfillSS against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house,TT from beginning to end.UU
13 For I have toldVV him that I am about to punishWW his house forever,XX for the iniquityYY that he knew, because his sons were blasphemingZZ God, and he did not restrainAAA them.
14 Therefore I swearBBB to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiatedCCC by sacrificeDDD or offeringEEE forever.”
15 Samuel lay there until morning;FFF then he openedGGG the doorsHHH of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraidIII to tell the visionJJJ to Eli. 16 But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.”
He said, “Here I am.”
17 Eli said, “What was itKKK that he toldLLL you? MMMDo not hideNNN it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.”
18 So Samuel told him everythingOOO and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems goodPPP to him.”
19 As Samuel grew up,QQQ the Lord was with him and let none of his words fallRRR to the ground.SSS
20 And all Israel from DanTTT to Beer-shebaUUU knew that Samuel was a trustworthyVVV prophetWWW of the Lord.
21 The Lord continuedXXX to appearYYY at Shiloh,ZZZ for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord.
Image credit: “Samuel Listens to God” by Amy & Carly of Fishnet Bible stories.