And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was
no open vision.
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was
laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that
he could not see;
And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was
, and Samuel was laid down to sleep
That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am
And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am
I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.
And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am
I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.
Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.