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1 Samuel 1:15-25 (Holman Christian Standard)

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15 "No, my lord," Hannah replied. "I am a woman with a broken heart. I haven't had any wine or beer; I've been pouring out my heart before the Lord. 16 Don't think of me as a wicked woman;a I've been praying from the depth of my anguish and resentment." 17 Eli responded, "Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant the petition you've requested from Him." 18 "May your servant find favor with you," she replied. Then Hannah went on her way; she ate and no longer appeared downcast.b

Samuel's Birth and Dedication

19 The next morning Elkanah and Hannah got up early to bow and to worship the Lord. Afterwards, they returned home to Ramah. Then Elkanah was intimate with his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.c 20 After some time,d Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,e because [she said], "I requested him from the Lord." 21 When Elkanah and all his household went up to make the annual sacrifice and his vow offering to the Lord, 22 Hannah did not go and explained to her husband, "After the child is weaned, I'll take him to appear in the Lord's presence and to stay there permanently." 23 Her husband Elkanah replied, "Do what you think is best,f and stay here until you've weaned him. May the Lord confirm yourg word."h So Hannah stayed there and nursed her son until she weaned him. 24 When she had weaned him, she took him with her to Shiloh, as well as a three-year-old bull,i two and one-half gallonsj of flour, and a jar of wine.k Though the boy was [still] young,l she took him to the Lord's house at Shiloh. 25 Then they slaughtered the bull and brought the boy to Eli.
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