1 And the youth Samuel is serving Jehovah before Eli, and the word of Jehovah hath been precious in those days—there is no vision broken forth. 2And 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. 3And the lamp of God is not yet extinguished, and Samuel is lying down in the temple of Jehovah, where the ark of God is, 4and Jehovah calleth unto Samuel, and he saith, ‘Here am I.’ 5And he runneth unto Eli, and saith, ‘Here am I, for thou hast called for me;’ and he saith, ‘I called not; turn back, lie down;’ and he goeth and lieth down. 6And Jehovah addeth to call again Samuel, and Samuel riseth and goeth unto Eli, and saith, ‘Here am I, for thou hast called for me;’ and he saith, ‘I have not called, my son, turn back, lie down.’ 7And Samuel hath not yet known Jehovah, and the word of Jehovah is not yet revealed unto him. 8And Jehovah addeth to call Samuel the third time, and he riseth and goeth unto Eli, and saith, ‘Here am I, for thou hast called for me;’ and Eli understandeth that Jehovah is calling to the youth. 9And Eli saith to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down, and it hath been, if He doth call unto thee, that thou hast said, Speak, Jehovah, for Thy servant is hearing;’ and Samuel goeth and lieth down in his place. 10And Jehovah cometh, and stationeth Himself, and calleth as time by time, ‘Samuel, Samuel;’ and Samuel saith, ‘Speak, for Thy servant if hearing.’
11 And Jehovah saith unto Samuel, ‘Lo, I am doing a thing in Israel, at which the two ears of every one hearing it do tingle. 12In that day I establish unto Eli all that I have spoken unto his house, beginning and completing; 13and I have declared to him that I am judging his house—to the age, for the iniquity which he hath known, for his sons are making themselves vile, and he hath not restrained them, 14and therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli: the iniquity of the house of Eli is not atoned for, by sacrifice, and by offering—unto the age.’ 15And Samuel lieth till the morning, and openeth the doors of the house of Jehovah, and Samuel is afraid of declaring the vision unto Eli. 16And Eli calleth Samuel, and saith, ‘Samuel, my son;’ and he saith, ‘Here am I.’ 17And he saith, ‘What is the word which He hath spoken unto thee? I pray thee, hide it not from me; so doth God do to thee, and so doth He add, if thou hidest from me a word of all the words that He hath spoken unto thee.’ 18And Samuel declareth to him the whole of the words, and hath not hid from him; and he saith, ‘It is Jehovah; that which is good in His eyes He doth.’
19 And Samuel groweth up, and Jehovah hath been with him, and hath not let fall any of his words to the earth; 20and all Israel know, from Dan even unto Beer-Sheba, that Samuel is established for a prophet to Jehovah. 21And Jehovah addeth to appear in Shiloh, for Jehovah hath been revealed unto Samuel, in Shiloh, by the word of Jehovah.
About Young’s Literal Translation
Robert Young is best known for his monumental work, Young’s Analytical Concordance To The Bible. Young’s Literal Translation is a very good work to add to your Bible collection for text comparisons. Since this is a very literal translation, it offers a good contrast and comparison to a dynamic equivalent translation like the NIV.