As for Hannah, 1she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Elithought she was drunk.
Then Elisaid to her, "2Howlong will you make yourself drunk? Putaway your wine from you."
But Hannahreplied, "No, my lord, I am a womanaoppressed in spirit; I have drunkneitherwinenorstrongdrink, but I 3have poured out my soulbefore the LORD.
"Do not bconsider your maidservant as a worthlesswoman, for I have spokenuntilnow out of my greatconcern and cprovocation."
Then Elianswered and said, "4Go in peace; and may the God of Israel5grant your petition that you have asked of Him."
She said, "6Let your maidservantfindfavor in your sight." So the womanwent her way and ate, and 7her face was nolonger sad.
Then they aroseearly in the morning and worshipedbefore the LORD, and returnedagain to their house in 8Ramah. And Elkanahdhadrelations with Hannah his wife, and 9the LORDremembered her.
It came about ein duetime, after Hannah had conceived, that she gavebirth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, "10Because I have asked him of the LORD."
Then the manElkanah11went up with all his household to offer to the LORD the yearlysacrifice and pay his vow.
But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, "I will not go up until the child is weaned; then I will 12bring him, that he may appearbefore the LORD and 13staythereforever ."
2314Elkanah her husbandsaid to her, "Dowhat seems bestfto you. Remainuntil you have weaned him; only15may the LORDconfirm His word." So the womanremained and nursed her sonuntil she weaned him.