And the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. Now in those days the word of the LORD was rare and visions were scarce.
Cross References1 Samuel 2:11
Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy began ministering to the LORD before Eli the priest.
1 Samuel 2:18
Now Samuel was ministering before the LORD--a boy wearing a linen ephod.
1 Samuel 2:35
Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest. He will do whatever is in My heart and mind. And I will build for him an enduring house, and he will walk before My anointed one for all time.
1 Samuel 2:36
And everyone left in your house will come and bow down to him for a piece of silver or a morsel of bread, pleading, "Please appoint me to some priestly office, so that I may eat a piece of bread."'"
There are no signs for us to see. There is no longer any prophet. And none of us knows how long this will last.
Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.
Disaster upon disaster will come, and rumor after rumor. Then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but instruction from the priests and counsel from the ancients will perish.
Behold! the days are coming," declares the Lord GOD, "when I will send a famine on the land--not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.
People will stagger from sea to sea and roam from north to east, seeking the word of the LORD, but they will not find it.
Chapter Outline1. How the word of the Lord was first revealed to Samuel
11. God tells Samuel the destruction of Eli's house
15. Samuel, though loath, tells Eli the vision
19. Samuel grows in credit
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