1 Samuel 3:2
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New International Version
One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.

New Living Translation
One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed.

English Standard Version
At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place.

New American Standard Bible
It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well),

King James Bible
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One day Eli, whose eyesight was failing, was lying in his room.

International Standard Version
At that time Eli, whose vision was growing dim, was lying down in his bedroom.

NET Bible
Eli's eyes had begun to fail, so that he was unable to see well. At that time he was lying down in his place,

New Heart English Bible
It happened at that time, when Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyes had begun to grow dim, so that he could not see),

GOD'S WORD® Translation
One night Eli was lying down in his room. His eyesight had begun to fail so that he couldn't see well.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place--now his eyes had begun to wax dim, that he could not see--

New American Standard 1977
And it happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well),

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass one day when Eli was lain down in his place, his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was lying down in his place, and his eyes had begun to grow dim, that he could not see;

American King James Version
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;

American Standard Version
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place (now his eyes had begun to wax dim, so that he could not see),

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it came to pass one day when Heli lay in his place, and his eyes were grown dim, that he could not see:

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli lay in his place (now his eyes began to grow dim, he could not see),

English Revised Version
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, (now his eyes had begun to wax dim, that he could not see,)

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to grow dim, that he could not see;

World English Bible
It happened at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place (now his eyes had begun to grow dim, so that he could not see),

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass, at that time, that Eli is lying down in his place, and his eyes have begun to be dim -- he is not able to see.
Study Bible
The Lord Calls Samuel
1Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD before Eli. And word from the LORD was rare in those days, visions were infrequent. 2It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well), 3and the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was,…
Cross References
Genesis 27:1
Now it came about, when Isaac was old and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his older son Esau and said to him, "My son." And he said to him, "Here I am."

Genesis 48:10
Now the eyes of Israel were so dim from age that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them close to him, and he kissed them and embraced them.

1 Samuel 4:15
Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were set so that he could not see.

1 Kings 14:4
Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah could not see, for his eyes were dim because of his age.

Ecclesiastes 12:3
in the day that the watchmen of the house tremble, and mighty men stoop, the grinding ones stand idle because they are few, and those who look through windows grow dim;
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;

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1 Samuel 2:22 Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did to all Israel…

1 Samuel 4:15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that …

Genesis 27:1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, …

Genesis 48:19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he …

Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason …

Ecclesiastes 12:3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong …

Verse 2. - Eli... could not see. I.e. clearly. His sight was fast failing him, and Samuel, still called a child, na'ar, but probably, as Josephus states ('Antiq.,' 5:10, 4), now fully twelve years old, was in constant attendance upon him because of his increasing infirmities. Both were sleeping in the temple; for literally the words are, And Samuel was sleeeping in the temple of Jehovah, where the ark of God was. Of course neither Eli nor Samuel were in the holy place; but, as in 1 Samuel 1:9, the word temple is used in its proper sense of the whole palace of Israel's spiritual King, in which were chambers provided for the use of the high priest and those in attendance upon him. In ver. 3 the lamp is mentioned as fixing the exact time. Though it is said that the seven-branched candelabrum was "to burn always" (Exodus 27:20), yet this apparently was to be by perpetually relighting it (ibid. 30:7, 8); and as Aaron was commanded to dress and light it every morning and evening, and supply it with oil, the night would be far advanced and morning near before it went out. In the stillness then of the late night Samuel, sunk in heavy sleep, hears a voice calling him, and springing up, naturally hurries to Eli, supposing that he needed his services. Eli had not heard the voice, and concluding that it was a mistake, bids Samuel return to his bed. Again the voice rings upon his ear, and again he hastens to Eli, only to be told to lie down again. In ver. 7 the reason is given why Samuel was thus thrice mistaken. Samuel did not yet know Jehovah, neither was the word of Jehovah yet revealed unto him. Doubtless he knew Jehovah in the way in which the sons of Eli did not know him (1 Samuel 2:12), i.e. in his conscience and spiritual life, but he did not know him as one who reveals his will unto men. Prophecy had long been a rare thing, and though Samuel had often heard God's voice in the recesses of his heart, speaking to him of right and wrong, he knew nothing of God as a living Person, giving commands for men to obey, and bestowing knowledge to guide them in doing his will. And it came to pass at that time,.... When the word of the Lord was scarce and precious, and there was no open vision; or, as Ben Gersom, the same day the man of God came to Eli at night, the following affair happened:

when Eli was laid down in his place; on his bed to sleep, in one of the chambers or apartments of the tabernacle; for as there were such in the temple for the priests, so in that:

and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; to help himself to anything he might want when in bed; which seems to be the reason Samuel lay near him, and why, when he heard his voice, he immediately ran to him, supposing he needed his assistance. Some, as Kimchi and others, understand this not of the eyes of his body, but of his mind; and that the Holy Spirit, as a spirit of prophecy, was departing from him, because of his connivance at the sins of his sons; and so the following prophecy came not to him, but to Samuel. 3:1-10 The call which Divine grace designs shall be made effectual; will be repeated till it is so, till we come to the call. Eli, perceiving that it was the voice of God that Samuel heard, instructed him what to say. Though it was a disgrace to Eli, for God's call to be directed to Samuel, yet he told him how to meet it. Thus the elder should do their utmost to assist and improve the younger that are rising up. Let us never fail to teach those who are coming after us, even such as will soon be preferred before us, Joh 1:30. Good words should be put into children's mouths betimes, by which they may be prepared to learn Divine things, and be trained up to regard them.
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