1 Samuel 2:11
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New International Version
Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy ministered before the LORD under Eli the priest.

New Living Translation
Then Elkanah returned home to Ramah without Samuel. And the boy served the LORD by assisting Eli the priest.

English Standard Version
Then Elkanah went home to Ramah. And the boy was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli the priest.

New American Standard Bible
Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy ministered to the LORD before Eli the priest.

King James Bible
And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy served the LORD in the presence of Eli the priest.

International Standard Version
Then Elkanah went to his house at Ramah, while the boy was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli the priest.

NET Bible
Then Elkanah went back home to Ramah. But the boy was serving the LORD under the supervision of Eli the priest.

New Heart English Bible
Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. The child served the LORD before Eli the priest.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Elkanah went home to Ramah. But the boy [Samuel] served the LORD under the priest Eli.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.

New American Standard 1977
Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy ministered to the LORD before Eli the priest.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child ministered unto the LORD before Eli the priest.

King James 2000 Bible
And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.

American King James Version
And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister to the LORD before Eli the priest.

American Standard Version
And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto Jehovah before Eli the priest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Elcana went to Ramatha, to his house: but the child ministered in the sight of the Lord before the face of Heli the priest.

Darby Bible Translation
And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the boy ministered to Jehovah in the presence of Eli the priest.

English Revised Version
And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child ministered to the LORD before Eli the priest.

World English Bible
Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. The child did minister to Yahweh before Eli the priest.

Young's Literal Translation
And Elkanah goeth to Ramath, unto his house, and the youth hath been serving Jehovah, in the presence of Eli the priest;
Study Bible
Hannah's Prayer of Thanksgiving
10"Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered; Against them He will thunder in the heavens, The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; And He will give strength to His king, And will exalt the horn of His anointed." 11Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy ministered to the LORD before Eli the priest. 12Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the LORD…
Cross References
1 Samuel 1:1
Now there was a certain man from Ramathaim-zophim from the hill country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.

1 Samuel 1:19
Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD, and returned again to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her.

1 Samuel 1:28
"So I have also dedicated him to the LORD; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the LORD." And he worshiped the LORD there.

1 Samuel 2:18
Now Samuel was ministering before the LORD, as a boy wearing a linen ephod.

1 Samuel 3:1
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD before Eli. And word from the LORD was rare in those days, visions were infrequent.

1 Samuel 7:17
Then his return was to Ramah, for his house was there, and there he judged Israel; and he built there an altar to the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister to the LORD before Eli the priest.

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1 Samuel 2:18 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

1 Samuel 1:28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he …

1 Samuel 3:1,15 And the child Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word …

(11-36) The Service of the boy Samuel in the Sanctuary--The Dissolute Life of the Sons of Eli--The Doom of the House of Ithamar.

(11) Elkanah went to Ramah.--These simple words just sketch out what took place after Hannah left her boy in Shiloh. Elkanah went home, and the old family life, with its calm religious trustfulness, flowed on in the quiet town of "Ramah of the Watchers" as it did aforetime; the only disturbing sorrowful element was removed in answer to the mother's prayers, and little children grew up (1Samuel 2:21) round Hannah and Elkanah. But the life of the dedicated child Samuel was a different one; he lived under the shadow of the sanctuary, ministering with his child powers before the altar of the Invisible, and trained, we may well assume, in all the traditions and learning of Israel by the old high priest. The word "minister is the official term used to signify the duties performed by priests and Levites in connection with the service of God.

Verse 11. - The child did minister. Left by his parents at Shiloh, Samuel ministered unto the Lord; that is, certain duties were allotted him to perform suited to his age; but few at first, when he was but three years old, but increasing in importance as time went on; for the words refer to the whole period of his service, until Eli's death. At first Samuel would be but a scholar, for, as we have mentioned on 1 Samuel 1:21, there were, no doubt, regulations for the training of children devoted to the service of the sanctuary. The peculiarity about Samuel was that he was devoted for life, for possibly it was a not uncommon practice for young persons to receive some training at Shiloh; just as we find that Samuel himself subsequently gathered youths round him at Naioth in Ramah for educational purposes. Learning practically was confined to the priesthood, and we can scarcely imagine that the knowledge which Phinehas and the family of Aaron brought with them out of Egypt would be allowed to perish. Samuel certainly had himself received careful instruction (see on 1 Samuel 10:25), and this could scarcely have happened if the training of young persons had not been part of the priests' duties at Shiloh. This then explains why Samuel was brought to Eli at so tender an age, and why the charge of so young a child was undertaken without a murmur. Before Eli means under his general superintendence. Everything done at Shiloh was done before Eli, as being the chief ruler there. And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house,.... Of which see 1 Samuel 1:19. This was after he had offered the sacrifices at the feast, worshipped the Lord, and Hannah had delivered her prayer or song of praise, and both had committed Samuel to the care of Eli, and left him with him:

and the child did minister unto the Lord before Eli the priest; he not only read in the book of the law, but learned to sing the praises of God vocally, and to play upon an instrument of music used in the service of God in those times, and to light the lamps in the tabernacle, and open and shut the doors of it, and the like; which were suitable to his age, and which might not be quite so tender as some have thought; or this may respect some small beginnings in the ministry of the sanctuary, in which he gradually increased under the inspection, guidance, and instruction of Eli, which is meant by ministering before him; the Targum is,"in the life of Eli the priest;''he began his ministration before his death. 11. the child did minister unto the Lord before Eli the priest—He must have been engaged in some occupation suited to his tender age, as in playing upon the cymbals, or other instruments of music; in lighting the lamps, or similar easy and interesting services.2:11-26 Samuel, being devoted to the Lord in a special manner, was from a child employed about the sanctuary in the services he was capable of. As he did this with a pious disposition of mind, it was called ministering unto the Lord. He received a blessing from the Lord. Those young people who serve God as well as they can, he will enable to improve, that they may serve him better. Eli shunned trouble and exertion. This led him to indulge his children, without using parental authority to restrain and correct them when young. He winked at the abuses in the service of the sanctuary till they became customs, and led to abominations; and his sons, who should have taught those that engaged in the service of the sanctuary what was good, solicited them to wickedness. Their offence was committed even in offering the sacrifices for sins, which typified the atonement of the Saviour! Sins against the remedy, the atonement itself, are most dangerous, they tread under foot the blood of the covenant. Eli's reproof was far too mild and gentle. In general, none are more abandoned than the degenerate children of godly persons, when they break through restraints.
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