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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, an Ephrathite:
2 And 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 unto 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 was that Elkanah
offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters,
5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy
portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
6 And her adversary also provoked her
sore, for 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 provoked her; therefore she
wept, and did not eat.
8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her,
Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved?
am not I better to thee 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 unto the LORD, and wept sore.
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD
of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and
remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a
man child, then I will give him unto 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 marked her mouth.
13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart;
only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had
14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt
thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
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 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter
of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken
17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in
peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked
18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find
grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance
was no more sad.
19 And they rose up in the
morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their
house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the
time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called
his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house,
went up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.
22 But Hannah went not up; for she said
unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then
I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever.
23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her,
Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD
establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned
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 unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was
25 And they slew a bullock, and brought
the child to Eli.
26 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy
soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying
unto the LORD.
27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD
hath given me my petition which I asked of him:
28 Therefore also I have lent him to the
LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the
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