1:1 There was a man of Armathaim Sipha, of mount Ephraim, and his
name [was] Helkana, a son of Jeremeel the son of Elias the son of Thoke,
in Nasib Ephraim.
1:2 And he [had] two wives; the name of the one [was] Anna, and the name
of the second Phennana. And Phennana had children, but Anna had no
1:3 And the man went up from year to year from his city, from Armathaim,
to worship and sacrifice to the Lord God of Sabaoth at Selom: and [there
were] Heli and his two sons Ophni and Phinees, the priests of the Lord.
1:4 And the day came, and Helkana sacrificed, and gave portions to his
wife Phennana and her children.
1:5 And to Anna he gave a prime portion, because she had no child, only
Helkana loved Anna more than the other; but the Lord [had] closed her
1:6 For the Lord gave her no child in her affliction, and according to
the despondency of her affliction; and she was dispirited on this
account, that the Lord shut up her womb so as not to give her a child.
1:7 So she did year by year, in going up to the house of the Lord; and
she was dispirited, and wept, and did not eat.
1:8 And Helkana her husband said to her, Anna: and she said to him, Here
[am] I, my lord: and he said to her, What ails thee that thou weepest?
and why dost thou not eat? and why does thy heart smite thee? [am] I not
better to thee than ten children?
1:9 And Anna rose up after they had eaten in Selom, and stood before the
Lord: and Heli the priest [was] on a seat by the threshold of the temple
of the Lord.
1:1 And she [was] very much grieved in spirit, and prayed to the Lord,
and wept abundantly.
1:11 And she vowed a vow to the Lord, saying, O Lord God of Sabaoth, if
thou welt indeed look upon the humiliation of thine handmaid, and
remember me, and give to thine handmaid a man-child, then will I indeed
dedicate him to thee till the day of his death; and he shall drink no
wine nor strong drink, and no razor shall come upon his head.
1:12 And it came to pass, while she was long praying before the Lord,
that Heli the priest marked her mouth.
1:13 And she was speaking in her heart, and her lips moved, but her
voice was not heard: and Heli accounted her a drunken woman.
1:14 And the servant of Heli said to her, How long wilt thou be drunken?
take away thy wine from thee, and go out from the presence of the Lord.
1:15 And Anna answered and said, Nay, my lord, [I live] in a hard day,
and I have not drunk wine or strong drink, and I pour out my soul before
1:16 Count not thy handmaid for a pestilent woman, for by reason of the
abundance of my importunity I have continued [my prayer] until now.
1:17 And Heli answered and said to her, Go in peace: the God of Israel
give thee all thy petition, which thou hast asked of him.
1:18 And she said, Thine handmaid has found favour in thine eyes: and
the woman went her way, and entered into her lodging, and ate and drank
with her husband, and her countenance was no more sad.
1:19 And they rise early in the morning, and worship the Lord, and they
go their way: and Helkana went into his house at Armathaim, and knew his
wife Anna; and the Lord remembered her, and she conceived.
1:20 And it came to pass when the time was come, that she brought forth
a son, and called his name Samuel, and said, Because I asked him of the
Lord God of Sabaoth.
1:21 And the man Helkana and all his house went up to offer in Selom the
yearly sacrifice, and his vows, and all the tithes of his land.
1:22 But Anna did not go up with him, for she said to her husband, [I
will not go up] until the child goes up, when I have weaned him, and he
shall be presented before the Lord, and he shall abide there
1:23 And Helkana her husband said to her, Do that which is good in thine
eyes, abide still until thou shalt have weaned him; but may the Lord
establish that which comes out of thy mouth: and the woman tarried, and
suckled her son until she had weaned him.
1:24 And she went up with him to Selom with a calf of three years old,
and loaves, and an ephah of fine flour, and a bottle of wine: and she
entered into the house of the Lord in Selom, and the child with them.
1:25 And they brought him before the Lord; and his father slew his
offering which he offered from year to year to the Lord; and he brought
near the child, and slew the calf; and Anna the mother of the child
brought him to Heli.
1:26 And she said, I pray thee, my lord, as thy soul liveth, I [am] the
woman that stood in thy presence with thee while praying to the Lord.
1:27 For this child I prayed; and the Lord has given me my request that
I asked of him.
1:28 And I lend him to the Lord all his days that he lives, a loan to
the Lord: and she said,
1:1 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:
1:2 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
1:3 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.
1:4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his
wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:
1:5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but
the LORD had shut up her womb.
1:6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret,
because the LORD had shut up her womb.
1:7 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.
1:8 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?
1:9 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
1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and
1:11 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.
1:12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that
Eli marked her mouth.
1:13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her
voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
1:14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy
wine from thee.
1:15 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.
1:16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the
abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
1:17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel
grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
1:18 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.
1:19 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.
1:20 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.
1:21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the
LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.
1:22 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.
1:23 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.
1:24 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.
1:25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.
1:26 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.
1:27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition
which I asked of him:
1:28 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.