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1 Samuel 3

How the Word of the LORD was first revealed to Samuel.

1 Samuel 3:1 And whan the childe Samuel mynistred vnto the LORDE vnder Eli, the worde of ye LORDE was deare at the same tyme, nether was there eny sure & manifest vision. 1 Samuel 3:2 And it fortuned at the same tyme, that Eli laye in his place, and his eyes beganne to be dymme, so that he coulde not se. 1 Samuel 3:3 And Samuel had layed him downe in ye temple of the LORDE (where the Arke of God was) before ye lampe of God was put out. 1 Samuel 3:4 And the LORDE called Samuel. He answered: Beholde, here am I. 1 Samuel 3:5 And he ranne vnto Eli, & sayde: Beholde, here am I, thou hast called me. But he saide: I haue not called the, go thy waye agayne, and laye the downe to slepe. And he wente his waye, and layed him downe to slepe. 1 Samuel 3:6 The LORDE called againe: Samuel. And Samuel arose, & wente vnto Eli, & sayde: Beholde, here am I, thou hast called me. Neuertheles he sayde: My sonne, I haue not called the. So thy waye agayne, and laye the downe to slepe. 1 Samuel 3:7 As for Samuel, he knewe not the LORDE as yet, & the worde of ye LORDE was not yet shewed vnto him. 1 Samuel 3:8 And ye LORDE called Samuel ye thirde tyme. And he arose, & wente vnto Eli, & sayde: Beholde, here am I, thou hast called me. Then perceaued Eli yt the LORDE called ye childe, 1 Samuel 3:9 & he sayde vnto him: Go thy waye agayne, & laye the downe to slepe: and yf the LORDE call the eny more, then saye: Speake LORDE, for yi seruaunt heareth. Samuel wete his waye, and layed him downe in his place. 1 Samuel 3:10 The came ye LORDE, & stode, and called like as afore: Samuel, Samuel. And Samuel sayde: Speake (LORDE) for thy seruaunt heareth.

God telleth Samuel the destruction of Eli's house.

1 Samuel 3:11 And the LORDE saide vnto Samuel: Beholde, I do a thinge in Israel, yt who so euer shall heare it, both his eares shal glowe. 1 Samuel 3:12 In yt daie will I rayse vp vpon Eli all yt I haue spoke cocernynge his house. I will take it in hande, & perfourme it: 1 Samuel 3:13 for I haue tolde him, yt I wilbe Iudge ouer his house for euer, because of the wickednes, yt he knewe how shamefully his childre behaued the selues, and hath not once loked sowerly therto. 1 Samuel 3:14 Therfore haue I sworne vnto ye house of Eli, yt this wickednes of ye house of Eli shall not be recocyled nether wt sacrifice ner wt meatoffringe for euer.

Samuel, though loth, telleth Eli the vision.

1 Samuel 3:15 And Samuel laye vnto ye morow, & opened the dores of the house of the LORDE. But Samuel was afrayed to tell the vysion vnto Eli. 1 Samuel 3:16 Then Eli called him & sayde: Samuel my sonne. He answered: Beholde, here am I. 1 Samuel 3:17 He sayde: What is ye worde yt the LORDE hath spoke vnto the? hyde it not fro me. God do this & that vnto ye, yf thou hyde oughte fro me, of all that he hath talked wt the. 1 Samuel 3:18 Then Samuel tolde him alltogether, & hyd nothinge from him. He sayde: It is the LORDE, let him do what pleaseth him.

Samuel groweth in credit.

1 Samuel 3:19 Samuel grewe vp, & the LORDE was wt him, & there fell none of all his wordes vpo the earth. 1 Samuel 3:20 And all Israel fro Dan vnto Bersaba, knewe yt Samuel was faithfull to be a prophet of the LORDE. 1 Samuel 3:21 And the LORDE appeared agayne at Silo: for the LORDE shewed him selfe vnto Samuel at Silo, thorow the worde of the LORDE.

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