|1 Samuel 1 |
1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, who was an Ephrathite.
2 He had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
4 And when the time arrived that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions.
5 But to Hannah he gave a worthy portion for he loved Hannah; but the LORD had shut up her womb.
6 And her adversary [Peninnah] also provoked her greatly, to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she [Peninnah] provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
8 Then her husband Elkanah said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am not I better to you than ten sons?
9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.
10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD, and wept greatly.
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, "O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your handmaid, and remember me, and not forget your handmaid, but will give to your handmaid a man child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head."
12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli noticed her mouth.
13 Now Hannah, spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore Eli thought she was drunk.
14 And Eli said to her, "How long will you be drunken? Put away your wine from you."
15 And Hannah answered and said, "No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
16 Do not number your handmaid as a daughter of Belial for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken here."
17 Then Eli answered and said, "Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you your petition that you have asked of him."
18 She said, "Let your handmaid find grace in your sight." So the woman went her way, and she ate, and her countenance was no longer sad.
19 They rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned to their house to Ramah where Elkanah knew [had relations with] Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
20 Therefore it came to pass, when the time of birth had arrived after Hannah had conceived, that she bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, "Because I have requested him of the LORD."
21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.
22 But Hannah did not go up for she said to her husband, "I will not go up until the child is weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and abide there forever."
23 And Elkanah her husband said to her, "Do what seems you good; remain here until you have weaned him; only the LORD establish his word. So the woman stayed, and nursed her son until she weaned him.
24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD in Shiloh; and the child was young.
25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.
26 And she said, "Oh my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman that stood by you here, praying to the LORD.
27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of him.
28 Therefore I also have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the LORD." And they worshipped the LORD there.