1 Samuel 3:1

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the child Samuel ministred vnto the Lord before Eli: and the word of the Lord was precious in those daies; there was no open vision.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD before Eli. And word from the LORD was rare in those days, visions were infrequent.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the child Samuel ministered unto Jehovah before Eli. And the word of Jehovah was precious in those days; there was no frequent vision.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now the young Samuel was the servant of the Lord before Eli. In those days the Lord kept his word secret from men; there was no open vision.
- Basic English Bible

And the boy Samuel ministered to Jehovah before Eli. And the word of Jehovah was rare in those days; a vision was not frequent.
- Darby Bible

And the child Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
- Webster's Bible

The child Samuel ministered to Yahweh before Eli. The word of Yahweh was precious in those days; there was no frequent vision.
- World English Bible

And the youth Samuel is serving Jehovah before Eli, and the word of Jehovah hath been precious in those days -- there is no vision broken forth.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no frequent vision.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 3:1


3:1 Before Eli - That is, under his inspection and direction. Word - The word of prophecy, or the revelation of God's will to and by the prophets. Precious - Rare or scarce, such things being most precious in mens' esteem, whereas common things are generally despised. Open vision - God did not impart his Mind by way of vision or revelation openly, or to any public person, to whom others might resort for satisfaction, though he might privately reveal himself to some pious persons for their particular direction. This is premised, as a reason why Samuel understood not, when God called him once or twice.


Discussion for 1 Samuel 3

  • Oshane
    This is a very powerful scripture it shows us that we should live a holy life or there will be consequences.
  • Lorna
    Eli didn't take Samuel's message from the Lord seriously he could pray to the lord for his son's wayward living and he him self should seek God for giveness ,this chapter tells us to be careful of the ways we live our lives because God sees everything we do. Also to teach our children how to live godly at a young age so that when they are old it will not depart from them.
  • Vince
    When the lord speaks it will come to pass and with fire
  • Fidel
    We have to position ourselves to be able to hear from God. When we are pure God can speak and use us to the advancement of His glory.
  • Rev. Wanda M. Shoap
    "Kenneth Burgess" about 1 Samuel Chapter 3...
    "Did Ezekiel physically see GOD?" Though 1 Samuel 3 is not speaking about Ezekiel-- but Samuel-- neither of them physically saw God. The word of the LORD came (spoke) to Ezekiel. He looked and he saw a vision as the LORD's hand was upon him. Ezekiel 1:3 They both are excellent examples as to how the Lord speaks to us, beside through scriptures.
  • Kenneth Burgess
    Did Ezekiel physically see GOD?

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