1 Samuel 3
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1 Samuel 3
The LORD YHWH Calls Samuel...
And the young Shemu`el was serving YHWH before Eli. And the word of YHWH was rare in those days - no vision breaking forth.
And it came to be in that day, that Eli was lying down in his place. And his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he was unable to see,
And the lamp of Elohim had not gone out in the Hekal of YHWH where the ark of Elohim was, and Shemu'el was lying down to sleep.
And YHWH called Shemu'el, and he answered, 'Here I am!'
He then 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.
And YHWH again called, 'Shemu'el!' And Shemu'el arose and went to Eli, and said, 'Here I am, for you called me.' But he answered, 'My son, I did not call - lie down again.'
Now Shemu'el did not yet know YHWH, and the word of YHWH was not yet revealed to him.
And YHWH called Shemu'el again the third time, and he arose and went to Eli, and said, 'Here I am, for you did call me.' Then Eli understood that YHWH had called the youth.
So Eli said to Shemu'el, 'Go, lie down. And it shall be, if He calls you, say, 'Speak, YHWH, for Your servant hears.'' And Shemu'el went and lay down in his place.
And YHWH came and stood and called as at other times, 'Shemu'el! Shemu'el!' And Shemu'el answered, 'Speak, for Your servant hears.'
And YHWH said to Shemu'el, 'See, I am doing a matter in Yisra'el at which both ears of everyone who hears it shall tingle.
'In that day I shall confirm against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.
'For I have declared to him that I am judging his house forever for the crookedness which he knows, because his sons cursed Elohim, and he did not rebuke them.
'And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the crookedness of the house of Eli shall never be atoned for, by slaughtering or grain offering.'
And Shemu'el lay down until morning, and opened the doors of the House of YHWH. And Shemu'el was afraid to report the vision to Eli.
Then Eli called Shemu'el and said, 'Shemu'el, my son!' And he answered, 'Here I am.'
And he said, 'What is the word that He spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me. Elohim do so to you, and more also, if you hide a word from me of all the words that He spoke to you.'
And Shemu'el reported to him all the words, and hid none from him. And he said, 'It is YHWH. Let Him do what is good in His eyes.'
And Shemu'el grew up, and YHWH was with him and did not let any of his words fall to the ground.
And all Yisra'el from Dan to Be'ersheba knew that Shemu'el had been established as a prophet of YHWH.
And YHWH continued to appear in Shiloh, because YHWH revealed Himself to Shemu'el in Shiloh by the word of YHWH.
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