1 Samuel

1 Samuel 1 ©

1 Elkanah a Levite hath two wives; he goeth yearly to worship at Shiloh. 4 He favoureth Hannah, and comforteth her, when insulted on account of her barrenness by Peninnah. 9 Hannah in grief prayeth for a child, and voweth to give him unto the Lord. 12 Eli mistaking, at first rebuketh, but afterward blesseth her. 19 God remembereth Hannah; she beareth Samuel, and stayeth at home till he is weaned. 24 She presenteth him to the Lord according to her vow.


NOW there was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim, of amount Ephraim, and his name was bElkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:


And he had ctwo wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.


And this man went up out of his city 1yearly to dworship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts ein Shiloh. And the ftwo sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.

d De. 12.5,6,7.

¶And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, gportions:


But unto Hannah he gave a 2worthy portion; for he hloved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.


And her iadversary also 3provoked her *sore, jfor to make her *fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.


And as khe did so year by year, 4when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.


Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, lwhy weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I mbetter to thee than ten sons?


¶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 nthe temple of the LORD.


And she was 5in obitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept *sore.


And she pvowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed qlook on the affliction of thine handmaid, and rremember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a 6man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and sthere shall no razor come upon his head.

r Ge. 8.1.

And it came to pass, tas she 7continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.


Now Hannah, she uspake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli vthought she had been drunken.


And Eli said unto her, wHow long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.


And Hannah answered and said, xNo, my lord, I am a woman 8of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have ypoured out my soul before the LORD.


Count not thine handmaid zfor a daughter of Belial: for aout of the abundance of my 9complaint and grief have I spoken *hitherto.

a Ps. 102, title. Job 6.2,3; 10.1.

Then Eli answered and said, bGo in peace: and cthe God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

c Ps. 20.4,5.

And she said, dLet thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her ecountenance was no more sad.


¶And they rose up in the morning fearly, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to gRamah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and hthe LORD iremembered her.

h v.11.

Wherefore it came to pass, 10when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name 11Samuel, jsaying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.


And kthe man Elkanah, and all his house, lwent up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.

l v.3.

But mHannah 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 nabide for ever.


And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD oestablish his word. So the woman abode, and pgave her son suck until she weaned him.


¶And when she had weaned him, she qtook 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 rShiloh: and the child was young.

r v.3,9.

And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.


And she said, Oh my lord, as sthy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.


For tthis child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:


Therefore also I have 12lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth 13he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.