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1 Samuel: 1

SAMUEL 1. ELI - Judge at Shiloh. Birth of SAMUEL.  1Sm.1.1-20

1THERE WAS A MAN FROM RAMATHAIM, a Zuphite from the hill-country of Ephraim, named Elkanah son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph an Ephraimite; 2and he had two wives named Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah was childless. 3This man used to go up from his own town every year to worship and to offer sacrifice to the LORD of Hosts in Shiloh. There Eli's two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the LORD. 4On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he gave several shares of the meat to his wife Peninnah with all her sons and daughters; 5but, although he loved Hannah, he gave her only one share, because the LORD had not granted her children. 6Further, Hannah's rival used to torment her and humiliate her because she had no children. 7Year after year this happened when they went up to the house of the LORD; her rival used to torment her. Once when she was in tears and would not eat, 8her husband Elkanah said to her, 'Hannah, why are you crying and eating nothing? Why are you so miserable? Am I not more to you than ten sons?' 9(9-10) After they had finished eating and drinking at the sacrifice at Shiloh, Hannah rose in deep distress, and stood before the LORD and prayed to him, weeping bitterly. Meanwhile Eli the priest was sitting on his seat beside the door of the temple of the LORD. 10 11Hannah made a vow in these words: 'O LORD of Hosts, if thou wilt deign to take notice of my trouble and remember me, if thou wilt not forget me but grant me offspring, then I will give the child to the LORD for his whole life, and no razor shall ever touch his head.' 12For a long time she went on praying before the LORD, while Eli watched her lips. 13Hannah was praying silently; but, although her voice could not be heard, her lips were moving and Eli took her for a drunken woman. 14He said to her, 'Enough of this drunken behaviour! Go away till the wine has worn off.' 15'No, sir,' she answered, 'I am a sober person, I have drunk no wine or strong drink, and I have been pouring out my heart before the LORD. 16Do not think me so degraded, sir; all this time I have been speaking out of the fullness of my grief and misery.' 17'Go in peace,' said Eli, 'and may the God of Israel answer the prayer you have made to him.' 18Hannah said, 'May I be worthy of your kindness.' And she went away and took something to eat, no longer downcast. 19Next morning they were up early and, after prostrating themselves before the LORD, returned to their own home at Ramah. Elkanah had intercourse with his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her. 20She conceived, and in due time bore a son, whom she named Samuel, 'because', she said, 'I asked the LORD for him.'

Dedication of Samuel.  1Sm.1.21-28

21Elkanah, with his whole household, went up to make the annual sacrifice to the LORD and to redeem his vow. 22Hannah did not go with them, but said to her husband, 'When the child is weaned I will come up with him to enter the presence of the LORD, and he shall [come up ... he shall: or bring him up, and he shall come into the presence of the LORD and] stay there always.' 23Her husband Elkanah said to her, 'Do what you think best; stay at home until you have weaned him. Only, may the LORD indeed see your vow fulfilled.' So the woman stayed and nursed her son until she had weaned him; 24and when she had weaned him, she took him up with her. She took also a bull three years old, an ephah of meal, and a flagon of wine, and she brought him, child as he was, into the house of the LORD at Shiloh. 25They slaughtered the bull, and brought the boy to Eli. 26Hannah said to him, 'Sir, as sure as you live, I am the woman who stood near you here praying to the LORD. 27It was this boy that I prayed for and the LORD has given me what I asked. What I asked I have received; 28and now I lend him to the LORD; for his whole life he is lent to the LORD.' And they prostrated themselves there before the LORD.


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