Samuel’s Call

The boy Samuel served the Lord in Eli’s presence.(A) In those days the word of the Lord was rare and prophetic visions were not widespread.(B)

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The Lord Calls Samuel

The boy Samuel ministered(A) before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare;(B) there were not many visions.(C)

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There are no signs for us to see.
There is no longer a prophet.
And none of us knows how long this will last.(A)

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We are given no signs from God;(A)
    no prophets(B) are left,
    and none of us knows how long this will be.

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11 Look, the days are coming—
this is the declaration of the Lord God
when I will send a famine through the land:
not a famine of bread or a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the Lord.(A)
12 People will stagger from sea to sea
and roam from north to east
seeking the word of the Lord,(B)
but they will not find it.

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11 “The days are coming,”(A) declares the Sovereign Lord,
    “when I will send a famine through the land—
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
    but a famine(B) of hearing the words of the Lord.(C)
12 People will stagger from sea to sea
    and wander from north to east,
searching for the word of the Lord,
    but they will not find it.(D)

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