Now there was a certainman of Ramathaimzophim, of mountEphraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:2
And he had twowives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the otherPeninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.3
And thisman went up out of his cityyearlyatoworship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the twosons of Eli,Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
And when the time was that Elkanahoffered , he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters,portions:5
But unto Hannah he gaveaworthybportion; for he lovedHannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.6
And her adversary also provokedc her sore, for to make her fret , because the LORD had shutup her womb.7
And as he did so year by year,whend she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept , and did not eat .
Then saidElkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heartgrieved ? am not I better to thee than tensons?9
So Hannah rose upafter they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk . Now Eli the priestsat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.10
And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and weptsore .
And she vowed a vow, and said , O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeedlook on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a manechild, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razorcome upon his head.12
And it came to pass, as she continuedfprayingbefore the LORD, that Elimarked her mouth.13
Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lipsmoved , but her voice was not heard : therefore Elithought she had been drunken.14
And Elisaid unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken ? put away thy wine from thee.
And Hannahanswered and said , No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowfulgspirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soulbefore the LORD.16Count not thine handmaidfor a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complainth and grief have I spoken hitherto.
Then Elianswered and said , Go in peace: and the God of Israelgrant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
And she said , Let thine handmaidfindgrace in thy sight. So the womanwent her way, and did eat , and her countenance was no more sad.
And they rose up in the morningearly , and worshippedbefore the LORD, and returned , and came to their house to Ramah: and ElkanahknewHannah his wife; and the LORDremembered her.
Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived , that she bare a son, and called his nameSamuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.21
And the manElkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the LORD the yearlysacrifice, and his vow.22
But Hannah went not up ; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned , and then I will bring him, that he may appearbefore the LORD, and there abideforever.23
And Elkanah her husbandsaid unto her, Do what seemeth thee good;tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORDestablish his word. So the womanabode , and gave her sonsuck until she weaned him.
And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with threebullocks, and oneephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young.25
And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.26
And she said , Oh my lord, as thy soulliveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.27
For this child I prayed ; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:
Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.