1 Samuel 1

1Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill-country of Ephraim. And his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2And 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. 3And this man went up out of his city from year to year to worship and to sacrifice to Jehovah of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, priests to Jehovah, were there. 4And when the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions, 5but to Hannah he gave a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but Jehovah had shut up her womb. 6And her rival provoked her greatly, to make her fret, because Jehovah had shut up her womb. 7And as he did so year by year when she went up to the house of Jehovah, so she provoked her. Therefore she wept, and did not eat. 8And Elkanah her husband said to her, Hannah, why do thou weep? And why do thou not eat? And why is thy heart grieved? Am not I better to thee than ten sons? 9So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest was sitting upon his seat by the door-post of the temple of Jehovah. 10And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to Jehovah, and wept much. 11And she vowed a vow, and said, O Jehovah of hosts, if thou will indeed look on the affliction of thy handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thy handmaid, but will give to thy handmaid a man-child, then I will give him to Jehovah all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. 12And it came to pass, as she continued praying before Jehovah, that Eli noticed her mouth. 13Now Hannah, she spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. 14And Eli said to her, How long will thou be drunken? Put away thy wine from thee. 15And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I poured out my soul before Jehovah. 16Count not thy handmaid for an iniquitous woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and my provocation have I spoken until now. 17Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant thy petition that thou have asked of him. 18And she said, Let thy handmaid find favor in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and ate, and her countenance was no more sad. 19And they rose up in the morning early, and worshiped before Jehovah, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and Jehovah remembered her. 20And it came to pass, when the time came about, that Hannah conceived, and bore a son. And she called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of Jehovah. 21And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer to Jehovah the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. 22But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, Not until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before Jehovah, and abide there forever. 23And Elkanah her husband said to her, Do what seems good to thee. Remain until thou have weaned him, only Jehovah establish his word. So the woman remained and gave her son suck, until she weaned him. 24And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of meal, and a bottle of wine, and brought him to the house of Jehovah in Shiloh, and the child was young. 25And they killed the bullock, and brought the child to Eli. 26And she said, Oh, my lord, as thy soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by thee here, praying to Jehovah. 27I prayed for this child, and Jehovah has given me my petition which I asked of him. 28Therefore also I have granted him to Jehovah; as long as he lives he is granted to Jehovah. And he worshiped Jehovah there.
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