The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Samuel 3:1–21

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And the child Samuel ministered unto YHWH before Eli. And the word of the YHWH was precious in those days; there was no frequent vision.

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord before Eli, and the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no manifest vision.

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And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place--now his eyes had begun to wax dim, that he could not see- -

Then it happened that, on a certain day, Eli was lying in his place. And his eyes had dimmed, so that he was unable to see.

and the lamp of God was not yet gone out, and Samuel was laid down to sleep in the temple of YHWH, where the ark of God was,

And so, to prevent the lamp of God from going out, Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.

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that YHWH called Samuel; and he said: 'Here am I.'

And the Lord called, Samuel, Samuel; and he said, Behold, here am I.

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And he ran unto Eli, and said: 'Here am I; for thou didst call me.' And he said: 'I called not; lie down again.' And he went and lay down.

And he ran to Heli, and said, Here am I, for thou didst call me: and he said, I did not call thee; return, go to sleep; and he returned and went to sleep.

And he ran to Eli, and he said, “Here I am. For you called me.” And he said: “I did not call. Return and sleep.” And he went away, and he slept.

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And YHWH called yet again Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said: 'Here am I; for thou didst call me.' And he answered: 'I called not, my son; lie down again.'

And the Lord called again, Samuel, Samuel: and he went to Heli the second time, and said, Behold here am I, for thou didst call me: and he said, I called thee not; return, go to sleep.

And again, the Lord continued to call to Samuel. And rising up, Samuel went to Eli, and he said: “Here I am. For you called me.” And he responded: “I did not call you, my son. Return and sleep.”

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Now Samuel did not yet know YHWH, neither was the word of the YHWH yet revealed unto him.

And it was before Samuel knew the Lord, and before the word of the Lord was revealed to him.

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And YHWH called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said: 'Here am I; for thou didst call me.' And Eli perceived that the YHWH was calling the child.

And the Lord called Samuel again for the third time: and he arose and went to Heli, and said, Behold, I am here, for thou didst call me: and Heli perceived that the Lord had called the child.

And the Lord continued, and he called to Samuel still a third time. And rising up, he went to Eli.

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Therefore Eli said unto Samuel: 'Go, lie down; and it shall be, if thou be called, that thou shalt say: Speak, YHWH; for Thy servant heareth.' So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

And he said, Return, child, go to sleep; and it shall come to pass if he shall call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak for thy servant hears: and Samuel went and lay down in his place.

And he said: “Here I am. For you called me.” Then Eli understood that the Lord had called the boy. And he said to Samuel: “Go and sleep. And if he calls to you from now on, you will say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ ” Therefore, Samuel went away, and he slept in his place.

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10  And YHWH came, and stood, and called as at other times: 'Samuel, Samuel.' Then Samuel said: 'Speak; for Thy servant heareth.'

10  And the Lord came, and stood, and called him as before: and Samuel said, Speak, for thy servant hears.

11  And YHWH said to Samuel: 'Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.

11  And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I execute my words in Israel; whoever hears them, both his ears shall tingle.

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12  In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from the beginning even unto the end.

12  In that day I will raise up against Heli all things that I have said against his house; I will begin, and I will make an end.

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13  For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever, for the iniquity, in that he knew that his sons did bring a curse upon themselves, and he rebuked them not.

13  And I have told him that I will be avenged on his house perpetually for the iniquities of his sons, because his sons spoke evil against God, and he did not admonish them.

13  And I will show him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knew when his sons reviled the people and he did not rebuke them.

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14  And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be expiated with sacrifice nor offering for ever.'

14  For this reason, I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of his house will not be expiated, with victims or with gifts, even forever.”

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

15  And Samuel slept till morning, and rose early in the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord; and Samuel feared to tell Heli the vision.

15  Then Samuel slept until morning, and he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli.

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16  Then Eli called Samuel, and said: 'Samuel, my son.' And he said: 'Here am I.'

16  And Heli said to Samuel, Samuel, my son; and he said, Behold, here am I.

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17  And he said: 'What is the thing that He hath spoken unto thee? I pray thee, hide it not from me, God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that He spoke unto thee.'

17  And he questioned him: “What is the word that the Lord has spoken to you? I beg you that you may not conceal it from me. May God do these things to you, and may he add these other things, if you hide from me one word out of all the things that were told to you.”

17  And he said to him, What is the thing that the LORD has said to you? Do not be afraid of me. May God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the things that the LORD said to you.

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18  And Samuel told him all the words, and hid nothing from him. And he said: 'It is YHWH; let Him do what seemeth Him good.'

18  And Samuel reported all the words, and hid them not from him. And Heli said, He is the Lord, he shall do that which is good in his sight.

18  And so, Samuel revealed to him all the words, and he did not hide them from him. And he responded: “He is the Lord. May he do what is good in his own eyes.”

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19  And Samuel grew, and YHWH was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

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20  And all Israel from Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of YHWH.

20  And all of Israel, from Dan even to Beersheba, knew Samuel to be a faithful prophet of the Lord.

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

21  And the Lord manifested himself again in Selom, for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel; and Samuel was accredited to all Israel as a prophet to the Lord from one end of the land to the other: and Heli was very old, and his sons kept advancing in wickedness, and their way was evil before the Lord.