1 Samuel 2:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Samuel 2:26, NIV: And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with people.

1 Samuel 2:26, ESV: Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the LORD and also with man.

1 Samuel 2:26, KJV: And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men.

1 Samuel 2:26, NASB: Now the boy Samuel was continuing to grow and to be in favor both with the LORD and with people.

1 Samuel 2:26, NLT: Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the LORD and with the people.

1 Samuel 2:26, CSB: By contrast, the boy Samuel grew in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people.

What does 1 Samuel 2:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This chapter continues to compare the sons of Eli with Samuel, the son of Hannah and Elkanah. All three served the Lord at the sanctuary in Shiloh under the authority of Eli the priest of Israel. Eli's sons, though, were famous for wickedly abusing their authority as priests to serve themselves (1 Samuel 2:22). They were worthless men who did not know the Lord despite their role as mediators between God and His people (1 Samuel 2:12).

Samuel, on the other hand, served faithfully before the Lord. While Hophni and Phinehas were earning God's death sentence for their sinfulness (1 Samuel 2:25), Samuel was quietly growing up. This included physical growth and becoming increasingly pleasing to the Lord and other people. A similar phrase was used to describe Jesus' younger years before He stepped into His official ministry: "And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man" (Luke 2:52).