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1Samuel 1
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Samuel’s Birth and Dedication

1There was a certain man of Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham son of Elihu son of Tohu son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.H259H376H7436H2022H669H8034H511H1121H3395H1121H453H1121H8459H1121H6689H673 2He had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.H8147H802H8034H259H2584H8034H8145H6444H6444H3206H2584H3206 3Now this man used to go up year by year from his town to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the LORD.H1931H376H5927H5892H3117H3117H7812H2076H3068H6635H7887H8147H1121H5941H2652H6372H3548H3068 4On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters;H3117H511H2076H5414H6444H802H1121H1323H4490 5but to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the LORD had closed her womb.H2584H5414H259H639H4490H157H2584H3068H5462H7358 6Her rival used to provoke her severely, to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb.H6869H3707H3708H7481H3068H5462H1157H7358 7So it went on year by year; as often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat.H6213H8141H8141H1767H5927H1004H3068H3707H1058H398 8Her husband Elkanah said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? Why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?"H559H511H376H2584H1058H398H3824H3415H2896H6235H1121 9After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and presented herself before the LORD. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the LORD.H2584H6965H310H398H7887H310H8354H5941H3548H3427H3678H4201H1964H3068 10She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD, and wept bitterly.H4751H5315H6419H3068H1058H1058 11She made this vow: "O LORD of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head."H5087H5088H559H3068H6635H7200H7200H6040H519H2142H7911H519H5414H519H582H2233H5414H3068H3117H2416H4177H5927H7218 12As she continued praying before the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.H7235H6419H6440H3068H5941H8104H6310 13Hannah was praying silently; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore Eli thought she was drunk.H2584H1696H3820H8193H5128H6963H8085H5941H2803H7910 14So Eli said to her, "How long will you make a drunken spectacle of yourself? Put away your wine."H5941H559H7937H5493H3196 15But 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.H2584H6030H559H113H802H7186H7307H8354H3196H7941H8210H5315H6440H3068 16Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation all this time."H5414H519H6440H1323H1100H7230H7879H3708H1696 17Then Eli answered, "Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him."H5941H6030H559H3212H7965H430H3478H5414H7596H7592 18And she said, "Let your servant find favor in your sight." Then the woman went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband, and her countenance was sad no longer.H559H8198H4672H2580H5869H802H3212H1870H398H6440 19They 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.H7925H1242H7925H7812H6440H3068H7725H935H1004H7414H511H3045H2584H802H3068H2142 20In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, "I have asked him of the LORD."H3117H8622H2584H2029H3205H1121H7121H8034H8050H7592H3068 21The man Elkanah and all his household went up to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and to pay his vow.H376H511H1004H5927H2076H3068H3117H2077H5088 22But 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 for all time."H2584H5927H559H376H5288H1580H935H7200H6440H3068H3427H5704H5769 23Her husband Elkanah said to her, "Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him; only—may the LORD establish his word." So the woman remained and nursed her son, until she weaned him.H511H376H559H6213H5869H2896H3427H1580H3068H6965H1697H802H3427H1121H3243H1580 24When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, 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.H1580H5927H7969H6499H259H374H7058H5035H3196H935H1004H3068H7887H5288H5288 25Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli.H7819H6499H935H5288H5941 26And she said, "Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD.H559H994H113H5315H2416H113H802H5324H6419H3068 27For this child I prayed; and the LORD has granted me the petition that I made to him.H5288H6419H3068H5414H7596H7592 28Therefore I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he is given to the LORD." She left him there for the LORD.H7592H3068H3117H7592H3068H7812H3068


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