Samuel was ministering before the LORD, a boy wearing a linen
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
Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, "May
the LORD repay you with children by this woman for the gift that
she made to the LORD"; and then they would return to their
Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in
favor with the LORD and with the people.
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!
Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they
He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds,
which cannot be passed.
Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his
Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of
Young men and women alike, old and young together!
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is
exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his
faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise
As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with
compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against
another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you,
so you also must forgive.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything
together in perfect harmony.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed
you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish
one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts
sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name
of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of
And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the
When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy
Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know
Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a
day's journey. Then they started to look for him among their
relatives and friends.
When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the
teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his
When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother
said to him, "Child, why have you treated us like this?
Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great
He said to them, "Why were you searching for me? Did you
not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
But they did not understand what he said to them.
Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was
obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and