In bitterness of soul1 Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD.
And she made a vow,2 saying, "O LORD Almighty3, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember4 me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life,5 and no razor6 will ever be used on his head."
As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.
Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk
and said to her, "How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine."
"Not so, my lord," Hannah replied, "I am a woman who is deeply troubled.7 I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring8 out my soul to the LORD.
Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief."9