But Hannah answered, "No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord.
Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation all this time."
Then Eli answered, "Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him."
And she said, "Let your servant find favor in your sight." Then the woman went to her quarters, a ate and drank with her husband, b and her countenance was sad no longer. c19
They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. Elkanah knew his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.
In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, "I have asked him of the Lord."
The man Elkanah and all his household went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and to pay his vow.
But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, "As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, that he may appear in the presence of the Lord, and remain there forever; I will offer him as a nazirite d for all time." e23
Her husband Elkanah said to her, "Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him; only—may the Lord establish his word." f So the woman remained and nursed her son, until she weaned him.
When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, g an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh; and the child was young.
Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli.
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