Poole on 1 Samuel 3:9: The Calling of Samuel, Part 4

Verse 9:[1] Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.



[If then He call thee, אִם־יִקְרָ֣א אֵלֶ֔יךָ] If he call thee (Pagnine), or to thee (Montanus). Understanding, the one that previously called thee (Vatablus).


[Thy servant heareth] That is to say, I am paying attention, ready to obey: speak what thou wilt (Vatablus). He heareth, that is, he is ready to hear. It is a Metonomy of the end, in the place of the intended effect (Piscator).


Thy servant heareth, that is, I am ready to hear what thou speakest, and to do what thou requirest.


[In his place]That is, in the anterior part of the court of the Levities, which was not that of which mention was made in the law, but was an annex to the Tabernacle (Vatablus).

[1] Hebrew: וַיֹּ֙אמֶר עֵלִ֣י לִשְׁמוּאֵל֮ לֵ֣ךְ שְׁכָב֒ וְהָיָה֙ אִם־יִקְרָ֣א אֵלֶ֔יךָ וְאָֽמַרְתָּ֙ דַּבֵּ֣ר יְהוָ֔ה כִּ֥י שֹׁמֵ֖עַ עַבְדֶּ֑ךָ וַיֵּ֣לֶךְ שְׁמוּאֵ֔ל וַיִּשְׁכַּ֖ב בִּמְקוֹמֽוֹ׃

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