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11Then Elka'nah went home to Ramah. And the boy ministered to the LORD, in the presence of Eli the priest.Samuel ministers at Shiloh. 1Sm.2.11-26
12Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they had no regard for the LORD. 
13The custom of the priests with the people was that when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant would come, while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand, 
14and he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. So they did at Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there. 
15Moreover, before the fat was burned, the priest's servant would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, "Give meat for the priest to roast; for he will not accept boiled meat from you, but raw." 
16And if the man said to him, "Let them burn the fat first, and then take as much as you wish," he would say, "No, you must give it now; and if not, I will take it by force." 
17Thus the sin of the young men was very great in the sight of the LORD; for the men treated the offering of the LORD with contempt. 
18Samuel was ministering before the LORD, a boy girded with a linen ephod. 
19And his mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 
20Then Eli would bless Elka'nah and his wife, and say, "The LORD give you children by this woman for the loan which she lent to the LORD"; so then they would return to their home. 
21And the LORD visited Hannah, and she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. And the boy Samuel grew in the presence of the LORD. 
22Now Eli was very old, and he heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 
23And he said to them, "Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all the people. 
24No, my sons; it is no good report that I hear the people of the LORD spreading abroad. 
25If a man sins against a man, God will mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who can intercede for him?" But they would not listen to the voice of their father; for it was the will of the LORD to slay them. 
26Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the LORD and with men. 

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