King James Version1 Samuel1

1 Samuel

1 Now there was a cer­tain man of Ra­math­aim­zophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elka­nah, the son of Jero­ham, the son of Eli­hu, the son of To­hu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite: 2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Han­nah, and the name of the oth­er Penin­nah: and Penin­nah had chil­dren, but Han­nah had no chil­dren. 3 And this man went up out of his city year­ly to wor­ship and to sac­ri­fice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hoph­ni and Phine­has, the priests of the LORD, were there. 4 And when the time was that Elka­nah of­fered, he gave to Penin­nah his wife, and to all her sons and her daugh­ters, por­tions: 5 But unto Han­nah he gave a wor­thy por­tion; for he loved Han­nah: but the LORD had shut up her womb. 6 And her ad­ver­sary also pro­voked her sore, for to make her fret, be­cause the LORD had shut up her womb. 7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she pro­voked her; there­fore she wept, and did not eat. 8 Then said Elka­nah her hus­band to her, Han­nah, why weep­est thou? and why eat­est thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I bet­ter to thee than ten sons? 9 So Han­nah rose up af­ter they had eat­en in Shiloh, and af­ter they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the tem­ple of the LORD. 10 And she was in bit­ter­ness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. 11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt in­deed look on the af­flic­tion of thine hand­maid, and re­mem­ber me, and not for­get thine hand­maid, but wilt give unto thine hand­maid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no ra­zor come upon his head. 12 And it came to pass, as she con­tin­ued pray­ing be­fore the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. 13 Now Han­nah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: there­fore Eli thought she had been drunk­en. 14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunk­en? put away thy wine from thee. 15 And Han­nah an­swered and said, No, my lord, I am a wom­an of a sor­row­ful spir­it: I have drunk nei­ther wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul be­fore the LORD. 16 Count not thine hand­maid for a daugh­ter of Be­lial: for out of the abun­dance of my com­plaint and grief have I spo­ken hith­er­to. 17 Then Eli an­swered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Is­rael grant thee thy pe­ti­tion that thou hast asked of him. 18 And she said, Let thine hand­maid find grace in thy sight. So the wom­an went her way, and did eat, and her coun­te­nance was no more sad. 19 And they rose up in the morn­ing ear­ly, and wor­shipped be­fore the LORD, and re­turned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elka­nah knew Han­nah his wife; and the LORD re­mem­bered her. 20 Where­fore it came to pass, when the time was come about af­ter Han­nah had con­ceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Be­cause I have asked him of the LORD. 21 And the man Elka­nah, and all his house, went up to of­fer unto the LORD the year­ly sac­ri­fice, and his vow. 22 But Han­nah went not up; for she said unto her hus­band, I will not go up un­til the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may ap­pear be­fore the LORD, and there abide for ev­er. 23 And Elka­nah her hus­band said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tar­ry un­til thou have weaned him; only the LORD es­tab­lish his word. So the wom­an abode, and gave her son suck un­til she weaned him. 24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bul­locks, and one ephah of flour, and a bot­tle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young. 25 And they slew a bul­lock, and brought the child to Eli. 26 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the wom­an that stood by thee here, pray­ing unto the LORD. 27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath giv­en me my pe­ti­tion which I asked of him: 28 There­fore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he wor­shipped the LORD there.