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1 Samuel 1:19-28 (Holman Christian Standard)

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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.a 20 After some time,b Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,c 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,d and stay here until you've weaned him. May the Lord confirm youre word."f 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,g two and one-half gallonsh of flour, and a jar of wine.i Though the boy was [still] young,j she took him to the Lord's house at Shiloh. 25 Then they slaughtered the bull and brought the boy to Eli. 26 "Please, my lord," she said, "as sure as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27 I prayed for this boy, and since the Lord gave me what I asked Him for,k 28 I now give the boy to the Lord. For as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord."l Then hem bowed and worshiped the Lord there.n
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