9One time, after eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah got up and presented herself before the LORD. (Now Eli the priest was sitting in the chair by the doorpost of the LORD's temple.)10Hannah was very upset and couldn't stop crying as she prayed to the LORD.11Then she made this promise: "LORD of heavenly forces, just look at your servant's pain and remember me! Don't forget your servant! Give her a boy! Then I'll give him to the LORD for his entire life. No razor will ever touch his head."12As she kept praying before the LORD, Eli watched her mouth.13Now Hannah was praying in her heart; her lips were moving, but her voice was silent, so Eli thought she was drunk.14"How long will you act like a drunk? Sober up!" Eli told her.15"No sir!" Hannah replied. "I'm just a very sad woman. I haven't had any wine or beer but have been pouring out my heart to the LORD.16Don't think your servant is some good-for-nothing woman. This whole time I've been praying out of my great worry and trouble!"17Eli responded, "Then go in peace. And may the God of Israel give you what you've asked from him."18"Please think well of me, your servant," Hannah said. Then the woman went on her way, ate some food, and wasn't sad any longer.19They got up early the next morning and worshipped the LORD. Then they went back home to Ramah. Elkanah had sex with his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her.20So in the course of time, Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, which means "I asked the LORD for him."
1Then Hannah prayed: My heart rejoices in the LORD. My strength rises up in the LORD! My mouth mocks my enemies because I rejoice in your deliverance.2No one is holy like the LORD— no, no one except you! There is no rock like our God!3Don't go on and on, talking so proudly, spouting arrogance from your mouth, because the LORD is the God who knows, and he weighs every act.4The bows of mighty warriors are shattered, but those who were stumbling now dress themselves in power!5Those who were filled full now sell themselves for bread, but the ones who were starving are now fat from food! The woman who was barren has birthed seven children, but the mother with many sons has lost them all!6The LORD! He brings death, gives life, takes down to the grave, and raises up!7The LORD! He makes poor, gives wealth, brings low, but also lifts up high!8God raises the poor from the dust, lifts up the needy from the garbage pile. God sits them with officials, gives them the seat of honor! The pillars of the earth belong to the LORD; he set the world on top of them!9God guards the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked die in darkness because no one succeeds by strength alone.10The LORD! His enemies are terrified! God thunders against them from heaven! The LORD! He judges the far corners of the earth! May God give strength to his king and raise high the strength of his anointed one.