New American Standard Bible
Now Samuel was ministering before the LORD, as a boy wearing a linen ephod.
King James Bible
But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.
Darby Bible Translation
And Samuel ministered before Jehovah, a boy girded with a linen ephod.
World English Bible
But Samuel ministered before Yahweh, being a child, clothed with a linen ephod.
Young's Literal Translation
And Samuel is ministering in the presence of Jehovah, a youth girt with an ephod of linen;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Girded with a linen ephod - This was the usual dress of the priests. It does not appear whether Levites wore an ephod properly. Possibly it was a mark of Samuel's special dedication to the Lord's service that he wore one. (See the marginal reference). The ephod was sometimes used as an idolatrous implement Judges 8:27.
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1 Samuel 2:11
Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy ministered to the LORD before Eli the priest.
1 Samuel 2:28
Did I not choose them from all the tribes of Israel to be My priests, to go up to My altar, to burn incense, to carry an ephod before Me; and did I not give to the house of your father all the fire offerings of the sons of Israel?
1 Samuel 3:1
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD before Eli. And word from the LORD was rare in those days, visions were infrequent.
1 Samuel 22:18
Then the king said to Doeg, "You turn around and attack the priests." And Doeg the Edomite turned around and attacked the priests, and he killed that day eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.
2 Samuel 6:14
And David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod.
1 Chronicles 15:27
Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen with all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the singing with the singers. David also wore an ephod of linen.
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