Elkanah her husband would say to her, "Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don't you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don't I mean more to you than ten sons?1"
Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the LORD's temple.a210
In bitterness of soul3 Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD.
And she made a vow,4 saying, "O LORD Almighty5, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember6 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,7 and no razor8 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.9 I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring10 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."1117
Eli answered, "Go in peace,12 and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.13"
She said, "May your servant find favor in your eyes.14" Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.15