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The Birth of Samuel

1 There was a certain man of 1Ramathaim-zophim of 2the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, 3an Ephrathite.

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      2 He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
      3 Now this man used to go up 4year by year from his city 5to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts 6at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the LORD.

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      4 On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, 7he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters.
      5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the LORD had closed her womb.a

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        • a 1:5 - Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. Septuagint And, although he loved Hannah, he would give Hannah only one portion, because the Lord had closed her womb
          6 And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb.
          7 So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat.
          8 And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? 8Am I not more to you than ten sons?"

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          9 After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of 9the temple of the LORD.

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          10 She was 10deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly.

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          11 And she 11vowed a vow and said, "O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed 12look on the affliction of your servant and 13remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, 14and no razor shall touch his head."

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          12 As she continued praying before the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.
          13 Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman.
          14 And Eli said to her, "How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you."
          15 But Hannah answered, "No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but 15I have been pouring out my soul before the LORD.

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          16 Do not regard your servant as 16a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation."

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          17 Then Eli answered, 17"Go in peace, and the God of Israel 18grant your petition that you have made to him."

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          18 And she said, 19"Let your servant find favor in your eyes." Then the woman 20went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.

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          19 They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD; then they went back to their house at 21Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD 22remembered her.

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              20 And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, "I have asked for him from the LORD."b

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                • b 1:20 - Samuel sounds like the Hebrew for heard of God

                  Samuel Given to the Lord

                  21 The man Elkanah and all his house 23went up to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow.

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                      22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, "As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear in the presence of the LORD 24and dwell there forever."

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                      23 25Elkanah her husband said to her, "Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him; 26only, may the LORD establish his word." So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him.

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                      24 And when she had weaned him, 27she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull,c an ephahd of flour, and a skin of wine, and she brought him to 28the house of the LORD at Shiloh. And the child was young.

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                        • c 1:24 - Septuagint, Syriac; Hebrew three bulls
                        • d 1:24 - An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters
                          25 Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli.
                          26 And she said, "Oh, my lord! 29As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD.
                          27 For this child I prayed, 30and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him.

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                              28 Therefore I have lent him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD."31And he worshiped the LORD there.

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