Eli Rebukes His Sons
Now Eli was very old; and he heard everything his sons did to all Israel, and how they lay with n the women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
So he said to them, "Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all the people.
"No, my sons! For it is not a good report that I hear. You make the LORD's people transgress.
"If one man sins against another, o God will judge him. But if a man p sins against the LORD, who will intercede for him?" Nevertheless they did not heed the voice of their father, q because the LORD desired to kill them.
And the child Samuel r grew in stature, and s in favor both with the LORD and men.
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So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.
1 Samuel 2:26
And the child Samuel grew in stature, and in favor both with the LORD and men.
1 Samuel 3:19 - 21
So Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.
So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.
And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
He made the laver of bronze and its base of bronze, from the bronze mirrors of the serving women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
'You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man's presence, for the judgment is God's. The case that is too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it.'
If there is a dispute between men, and they come to court, that the judges may judge them, and they justify the righteous and condemn the wicked.
Then it shall be, if the wicked man deserves to be beaten, that the judge will cause him to lie down and be beaten in his presence, according to his guilt, with a certain number of blows.
But the person who does anything presumptuously, whether he is native-born or a stranger, that one brings reproach on the LORD, and he shall be cut off from among his people.
For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that He might utterly destroy them, and that they might receive no mercy, but that He might destroy them, as the LORD had commanded Moses.
1 Samuel 2:21
And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the LORD.