And because the LORD had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.17
This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.28
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?3"
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.a410
In bitterness of soul5 Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD.
And she made a vow,6 saying, "O LORD Almighty7, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember8 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,9 and no razor10 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.11 I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring12 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."1317
Eli answered, "Go in peace,14 and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.15"
She said, "May your servant find favor in your eyes.16" Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.1719
Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah.18 Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered19 her.
So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son.20 She named21 him Samuel,b22 saying, "Because I asked the LORD for him."