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Samuel’s First Encounter with Yahweh

Now the boy Samuel was serving Yahweh in the presence[a] of Eli. The word of Yahweh was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. And then[b] one day when Eli was lying in his place (now his eyes had begun to grow weak so that he was not able to see)

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  1. 1 Samuel 3:1 Literally “in the face of”
  2. 1 Samuel 3:2 Literally “And it happened”