And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.
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George Leo Haydock
Faithful. Hebrew Neeman, may be a title of dignity, or may signify that Samuel was confirmed and continued to be a prophet. (Calmet)
According to, or by. God revealed his will to him by word, and not by visions. (Sanchez)
Israel. The whole people suffered along with their leaders. (Haydock)
They were concerned in the prediction which was denounced against the house of Heli. (Menochius)
Septuagint, "and Samuel was entrusted to be the prophet of the Lord, to all Israel, from the ends of the earth to the ends: And Heli was very old, and his sons going went forward, and their way was wicked before the Lord. "Thus they usher in the following catastrophe. (Haydock)