18#(Mal. 2:7–9)But Samuel ministered before the Lord, even as a child, #1 Sam. 2:11; 3:1wearing a linen ephod. 19Moreover his mother used to make him a little robe, and bring it to him year by year when she #Ex. 28:4came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20And Eli #1 Sam. 1:3, 21would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, “The Lord give you descendants from this woman for the loan that was #Gen. 14:19given to the Lord.” Then they would go to their own home. 21And the Lord #1 Sam. 1:11, 27, 28visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile the child Samuel #Gen. 21:1grew before the Lord.