1 Samuel 2:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Samuel 2:11, NIV: Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy ministered before the LORD under Eli the priest.

1 Samuel 2:11, ESV: Then Elkanah went home to Ramah. And the boy was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli the priest.

1 Samuel 2:11, KJV: And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.

1 Samuel 2:11, NASB: Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy continued to attend to the service of the LORD before Eli the priest.

1 Samuel 2:11, NLT: Then Elkanah returned home to Ramah without Samuel. And the boy served the LORD by assisting Eli the priest.

1 Samuel 2:11, CSB: Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy served the Lord in the presence of the priest Eli.

What does 1 Samuel 2:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Hannah officially fulfilled her vow by giving Samuel over to the Lord and into the care of Eli the priest. With that done, the family worshiped (1 Samuel 1:11, 24–28). Part of that worship included Hannah's prayer of praise to the Lord for His power over all human circumstances (1 Samuel 2:1–10). Then Elkanah, Hannah's husband, went back home to Ramah. Hannah probably went with him. Samuel, likely only three or four years old, stayed behind at the tabernacle in Shiloh, his new home. Even as a boy, Samuel apparently began his work of ministering to the Lord. He served in the tabernacle under the authority and supervision of Eli the priest.