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1 Samuel 3:15-18

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3:15 So Samuel lay down until morning. Then he opened the doors of the Lord’s house. But Samuel was afraid to tell Eli about the vision. 3:16 However, Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son!” He replied, “Here I am.” 3:17 Eli 1  said, “What message did he speak to you? Don’t conceal it from me. God will judge you severely 2  if you conceal from me anything that he said to you!”

3:18 So Samuel told him everything. He did not hold back anything from him. Eli 3  said, “The Lord will do what he pleases.” 4 

1 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Eli) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn Heb “So God will do to you and thus he will add.” The verbal forms in this pronouncement are imperfects, not jussives, but the statement has the force of a curse or warning. One could translate, “May God do to you and thus may he add.”

3 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Eli) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

4 tn Heb “what is good in his eyes.”



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