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What Came Before:
Samson the strong man ruled Israel as the thirteenth of
the judges; and after him came Eli as the fourteenth judge. Eli was also the
high- priest of the Lord in the Tabernacle at Shiloh.
While Eli was the priest and the judge, a man was living at Ramah in the
mountains of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah. He had two wives, as did many men
in that time. One of these wives had children, but the other wife, whose name
was Hannah, had no child...
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The Infant Samuel, Sir Joshua Reynolds 1776
"And Hannah made a vow,
saying, "O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and
remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give
him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on
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Every year Elkanah and his family went
up to worship at the house of the Lord in Shiloh, which was about
fifteen miles from his home. And at one of these visits
Hannah prayed to the Lord, saying: "O Lord, if thou wilt look upon me, and give
me a son, he shall be given to the Lord as long as he lives."
Samuel Dedicated by Hannah
at the Temple
Frank W.W. Topham, 19th century
The Lord heard Hannah's prayer, and gave her a little boy; and she called his
name Samuel, which means "Asked of God" because he had been given in
answer to her prayer.
While he was still a little child she brought him to Eli,
the priest, and said to him, "My lord, I am the woman who stood here praying. I
asked God for this child; and now I have promised that he shall be the Lord's as
long as he lives. Let him stay here with you and grow up in God's house."
So the child Samuel stayed at Shiloh and lived with Eli the priest in one of the
tents beside the Tabernacle. As he grew up he helped Eli in the work of the
Lord's house. He lit the lamps, and opened the doors, and prepared the in-
cense, and waited on Eli, who was now growing old and was almost blind.
Samuel was all the more a help and a comfort to Eli because his own sons, who
were priests, were very wicked young men. Eli had not trained them to do right,
nor punished them when they did wrong, when they were children; so they grew up
to become evil, to disobey God's law, and to be careless in God's worship. Eli's
heart was very sad over the sins of his sons; but now that he was old he could
do nothing to control them.
One night Samuel, while yet a child, was lying down upon his bed in a tent
beside the Tabernacle; he heard a voice calling him by name. It was the Lord's
voice, but Samuel did not know it. He answered, "Here I am" and then he ran to
Eli, saying, " Here I am. You called me; what do you wish me to do? "
And Eli said, "My child, I did not call you. Go and lie down again." Samuel lay
down, but soon again heard the voice calling to him, "Samuel! Samuel!" Again he
rose up and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am; for I am sure that you called
"No," said Eli, "I did not call you. Lie down again " A third time the voice was
heard; and a third time the boy rose up from his bed and went to Eli, sure that
Eli had called him. Eli now saw that this was the Lord's voice that had spoken
to Samuel. He said "Go, lie down once more; and if the voice speaks to you
again, say 'Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth.'"
Samuel went and lay down, and waited for the voice. It spoke as if some one
unseen were standing by his bed, and saying, " Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said
to the Lord, "Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth."
And the Lord said to Samuel, "Listen to what I say. I have seen the wickedness
of Eli's sons. And I have seen that their father did not punish them when they
were doing evil. I am going to give to them such a punishment that the story
shall make every one's ears tingle who hears it."
Samuel lay in his room until the morning. Then he arose and went about his work
as usual, preparing for the daily worship and opening the doors. He said nothing
of God's voice until Eli asked him. Eli said to him, "Samuel, my son, tell me
what the Lord said to you last night. Hide nothing from me."
And Samuel told Eli all that God had said, though it was a sad message to Eli.
And Eli said, "It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him."
And then the news went through all the land that God had spoken once more to his
people. And Hannah, the lonely mother in the mountains of Ephraim, heard that
her son was the prophet to whom God spoke as his messenger to all Israel.
From that time God spoke to Samuel, and Samuel gave God's word to the twelve
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