A boy grows in the Lord and his words never fall to the ground.

 

So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been confirmed as a prophet of the Lord. 1 Samuel 3:19,20.

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Prophet, nabi’, Strong’s # 5030- Prophet; one who proclaims or tells a message he has received; a spokesman, herald, announcer. A prophet is someone who announces a message at the direction of another (usually the Lord God).

This word is used six times in the OT feminine form, nebiyah, and is translated “prophetess”; these six references are to Miriam, Deborah, Huldah (twice), Noadiah, and Isaiah’s wife (doubtless a prophetess in her own capacity).

In all other references nabi’ is masculine, “prophet.” The word can refer to false prophets and to prophets of false gods, but nearly always refers to Yahweh’s commissioned spokesmen.

 Samuel’s words do not fall to the ground because God fulfills the words that Samuel speaks in prophecy. Samuel serves as a priest, prophet, and judge. He is the last judge of Israel and provides the transition from rule by judges to rule by kings.

 

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