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Go to Commentary on 1 Sam 3
Yahweh Calls Samuel

1The child Samuel was serving Yahweh in the presence of Eli. And the word of Yahweh was rare in those days; visions were not frequent.

2And it happened at that time, when Eli was lying down in his place (his eyes had begun to grow dim, so that he was not able to see well)
  3and the lamp of God had not yet gone out and Samuel had laid down in the temple of Yahweh where the ark of God was,
  4that Yahweh called Samuel. And he said, “Here I am.”
  5Then he 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 down.

6And Yahweh called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he answered, “I did not call, my son, lie down again.”

7Now Samuel did not yet know Yahweh, nor was the word of Yahweh yet revealed to him.
  8And Yahweh called, “Samuel!” the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that Yahweh was calling the child.
  9So Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and if he calls you, you are to say, ‘Speak, O Yahweh, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10And Yahweh came and stood there, and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

11And Yahweh said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which every one who hears it—their two ears will tingle.
  12In that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.
  13For I have told him that I am judging his house forever because of the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were cursing God and he did not restrain them.
  14Therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house will not be atoned for with sacrifice or offering forever.”

15And Samuel lay until the morning and opened the doors of the house of Yahweh. And Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision.
  16Then Eli called Samuel, and said, “Samuel, my son!” And he said, “Here I am.”

17And he said, “What is the word that he has spoken to you? Do not hide it from me! God do the same to you, and even more, if you hide from me any word of all the words that he spoke to you.”
  18So Samuel told him all the words and hid nothing from him. And he said, “He is Yahweh. He will do whatever is good in his eyes.”

19And Samuel grew, and Yahweh was with him and he let none of his words fall to the ground.
  20And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of Yahweh.
  21And Yahweh continued to appear in Shiloh, for Yahweh revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of Yahweh.

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