God Is Speaking: Listen
Narrator: Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, The Lord: Samuel! Samuel!
Samuel: Here I am!
Narrator: Samuel ran to Eli. Samuel: Here I am, for you called me. Eli: I did not call; lie down again.
Narrator: So he went and lay down. The Lord called again. The Lord: Samuel! Narrator: Samuel got up and went to Eli. Samuel Here I am, for you called me. Eli: “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Narrator: Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli.
Samuel: Here I am, for you called me. Narrator: Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Eli: Go, lie down; and if the voice calls you again, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ Narrator: So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, The Lord: Samuel! Samuel! Samuel: Speak, for your servant is listening. Silence
The Lord: Behold, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever. Silence Narrator: Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel.
Eli: Samuel, my son.
Samuel: Here I am. Eli: What did God say to you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you. Narrator: Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Eli: It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.
Narrator: As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.