Then Hannah1prayed and said, "My heartexults in the LORD; 2My ahorn is exalted in the LORD, My mouthbspeaksboldlyagainst my enemies, Because3I rejoice in Your salvation.
"4There is nooneholy like the LORD, Indeed, 5there is noonebesides You, 6Nor is there any rock like our God.
"cBoastnomore so veryproudly, 7Do not let arrogancecome out of your mouth; 8For the LORD is a God of knowledge, 9And with Him actions are weighed.
"10The bows of the mighty are shattered, 11But the feeblegird on strength.
"Those who were fullhire themselves out for bread, But those who were hungrycease to hunger. 12Even the barrengivesbirth to seven, But 13she who has manychildrenlanguishes.
"14The LORDkills and makesalive; 15He bringsdown to dSheol and raises up.
"16The LORDmakespoor and rich; 17He bringslow, He alsoexalts.
"18He raises the poor from the dust, 19He lifts the needy from the ashheap20To make them sit with nobles, And inherit a seat of honor; 21For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, And He set the world on them.
"22He keeps the feet of His godlyones, 23But the wickedones are silenced in darkness; 24For not by might shall a manprevail.
"25Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered; 26Against them He will thunder in the heavens, 27The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; 28And He will givestrength to His king, 29And will exalt the ehorn of His anointed."
Then Elkanahwent to his home at 30Ramah. 31But the boyministered to the LORDbeforeEli the priest.
Now the sons of Eli were f32worthlessmen; they did not know the LORD1333and the custom of the priests with the people. When anyman was offering a sacrifice, the priest'sservant would come while the meat was boiling, with a three-prongedfork in his hand.
Then he would thrust it into the pan, orkettle, orcaldron, orpot; all that the forkbrought up the priest would take for himself. Thus they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who camethere.
15Also, before34they burned the fat, the priest'sservant would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, "Give the priestmeat for roasting, as he will not takeboiledmeat from you, onlyraw."
16If the mansaid to him, "They must surelygburn the fathfirst, and then take as much as iyou desire," then he would say, "No, but you shall give it to me now; and if not, I will take it by force."
Thus the sin of the youngmen was verygreatbefore the LORD, for the men35despised the offering of the LORD.
Now 36Samuel was ministeringbefore the LORD, as a boyj37wearing a linenephod.
And his mother would make him a little38robe and bring it to him from year to year when she would come up with her husband to offer39the yearlysacrifice.
Then Eli would 40blessElkanah and his wife and say, "May the LORDgive you kchildren from thiswoman in place of lthe one she 41dedicated to the LORD." And they went to their own mhome.
2142The LORDvisitedHannah; and she conceived and gavebirth to threesons and twodaughters. And 43the boySamuelgrewbefore the LORD.
Now Eli was veryold; and he heard44all that his sons were doing to allIsrael, and how they lay with 45the women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting.
He said to them, "Why do you dosuchthings, the evilthings that I hear from allthesepeople?
24"No, my sons; for the report is not good46which I hearnthe LORD'Speoplecirculating.
25"If one mansins against another, 47God will mediate for him; but 48if a mansins against the LORD, who can intercede for him?" But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for the 49LORDdesired to put them to death.
Now the boy50Samuelowas growing in stature and in favorboth with the LORD and with men.
Then 51a man of Godcame to Eli and said to him, "Thussays the LORD, '52Did I not indeedreveal Myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt in bondage to Pharaoh'shouse?
'53Did I not choose them from all the tribes of Israel to be My priests, to go up to My altar, to burnincense, to carry an ephodbefore Me; and did I not 54give to the house of your fatherall the fire offerings of the sons of Israel?
29'Why do you 55kick at My sacrifice and at My offering56which I have commanded in My 57dwelling, and 58honor your sonsabove Me, by making yourselves fat with the pchoicest of everyoffering of My peopleIsrael?'
30"Therefore the LORDGod of Israeldeclares, '59I did indeedsay that your house and the house of your father should walkbefore Me forever '; but now the LORDdeclares, 'Far be it from Me-for 60those who honor Me I will honor, and those 61who despise Me will be lightlyesteemed.
31'Behold, 62the days are coming when I will break your qstrength and the rstrength of your father'shouseso that there will not be an oldman in your house.
'You will see63the distress of My dwelling, in spite of all the good that sI do for Israel; and an 64oldman will not be in your houseforever .
'Yet I will not cutoffeveryman of yours from My altartso that your eyes will fail from weeping and your soulgrieve, and all the increase of your house will dieuin the prime of life.
34'This will be 65the sign to you which will comeconcerning your twosons, Hophni and Phinehas: 66on the samedayboth of them will die.
'But 67I will raise up for Myself a faithfulpriest who will do according to what is in My heart and in My soul; and 68I will build him an enduringhouse, and he will walkbefore69My anointedalways .
36'Everyone who is left in your house will come and bowdown to him for a vpiece of silver or a loaf of bread and say, "Pleasewassign me to one of the priest'soffices so that I may eat a piece of bread.""'