1 Samuel 2:18
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New International Version
But Samuel was ministering before the LORD--a boy wearing a linen ephod.

New Living Translation
But Samuel, though he was only a boy, served the LORD. He wore a linen garment like that of a priest.

English Standard Version
Samuel was ministering before the LORD, a boy clothed with a linen ephod.

New American Standard Bible
Now Samuel was ministering before the LORD, as a boy wearing a linen ephod.

King James Bible
But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The boy Samuel served in the LORD's presence and wore a linen ephod.

International Standard Version
Now Samuel was ministering in the LORD's presence, as a boy wearing a linen ephod.

NET Bible
Now Samuel was ministering before the LORD. The boy was dressed in a linen ephod.

New Heart English Bible
But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, clothed with a linen ephod.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Meanwhile, Samuel continued to serve in front of the LORD. As a boy he was [already] wearing a linen ephod.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

New American Standard 1977
Now Samuel was ministering before the LORD, as a boy wearing a linen ephod.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

King James 2000 Bible
But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

American King James Version
But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

American Standard Version
But Samuel ministered before Jehovah, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Samuel ministered before the face of the Lord: being a child girded with a linen ephod.

Darby Bible Translation
And Samuel ministered before Jehovah, a boy girded with a linen ephod.

English Revised Version
But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

World English Bible
But Samuel ministered before Yahweh, being a child, clothed with a linen ephod.

Young's Literal Translation
And Samuel is ministering in the presence of Jehovah, a youth girt with an ephod of linen;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
The Sins of Eli's Sons
17Thus the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD, for the men despised the offering of the LORD. 18Now Samuel was ministering before the LORD, as a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19And his mother would make him a little robe and bring it to him from year to year when she would come up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:11
Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy ministered to the LORD before Eli the priest.

1 Samuel 2:28
Did I not choose them from all the tribes of Israel to be My priests, to go up to My altar, to burn incense, to carry an ephod before Me; and did I not give to the house of your father all the fire offerings of the sons of Israel?

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 22:18
Then the king said to Doeg, "You turn around and attack the priests." And Doeg the Edomite turned around and attacked the priests, and he killed that day eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.

2 Samuel 6:14
And David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod.

1 Chronicles 15:27
Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen with all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the singing with the singers. David also wore an ephod of linen.
Treasury of Scripture

But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

ministered

1 Samuel 2:11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister …

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

a line ephod

1 Samuel 22:18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn you, and fall on the priests. And …

Exodus 28:4 And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, …

Leviticus 8:7 And he put on him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed …

2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was …

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