And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no open vision.
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George Leo Haydock
Before. Chaldean, "in the days of Heli. "The young Levite slept in an adjoining chamber, to wait on the high priest, not far from the sanctuary.
Precious; that is, rare: (Challoner) as such things are generally more esteemed, (Haydock) which are granted to few. (Worthington)
Some prophets had appeared under the former judges: but they were not so common as they were from the days of Samuel, till a little after the captivity. St. Peter ranks Samuel in the first place, Acts iii. 24. (Calmet)
Vision. No prophet was publicly recognized, to whom the people might have recourse. (Menochius)