1 And there was a certain man, of Ramathaim-zuphi, of the hill country of Ephraim,whose name, was Elkanah, son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephraimite;
2 and, he, had two wives, the name of the one, Hannah, and, the name of the other, Peninnah,and Peninnah had children, but, Hannah, had no children.
3 So then that man went up, out of his city, from time to time, to worship and to sacrifice unto Yahweh of hosts, in Shiloh,and, there, were the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, priests unto Yahweh.
4 And, when the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he used to give, to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions;
5 and, unto Hannah, used he to give one portion,howbeit, Hannah, he loved, although, Yahweh, had restrained her from having children.
6 And her rival used even to cause her great vexation, for the sake of provoking her,because Yahweh had restrained her from having children.
7 And, thus, used she to do, year by year, whenever she went up to the house of Yahweh, thus, used she to vex her,and she wept, and would not eat.
8 So Elkanah her husband said to herHannah! wherefore shouldst thou weep? and wherefore wilt thou not eat? and wherefore should thy heart be sad? Am, I, not better to thee, than ten sons?
9 And Hannah rose up, after she had eaten in Shiloh, and after she had drunk,and, Eli the priest, was sitting upon his chair, by the door-post of the temple of Yahweh;
10 and, she being in bitterness of soul, prayed unto Yahweh, and, wept sore.
11 And she vowed a vow, and saidYahweh of hosts! If thou wilt, look, upon the humiliation of thy handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thy handmaid, but wilt give unto thy handmaid a man-child, then will I give him unto Yahweh, all the days of his life, and no, razor, shall come upon his head.
12 And so it was, as she continued praying before Yahweh, that Eli was watching her mouth.
13 But as for, Hannah, she, was speaking in her heart, only her lips, were moving, but, her voice, could not be heard,so 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 responded and saidNay! my lord; A woman depressed in spirit, am I: neither wine nor strong drink, have I drunk,but I poured out my soul, before Yahweh.
16 Do not count thy handmaid for an abandoned woman,for, out of the abundance of my grief and my vexation, have I spoken, hitherto.
17 Then responded Eli, and saidGo and prosper! And the, God of Israel, grant thy petition which thou hast asked of him!
18 And she said: Let thy serving-woman find favour, in thine eyes. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and, her countenance, was sad no longer.
19 And they rose up early in the morning, and worshipped before Yahweh, and returned, and entered their own house, in Ramah,and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and Yahweh remembered her.
20 And so it was, when the days had come round during which Hannah was with child, that she bare a son,and called his name Samuel, Because, of Yahweh, I asked him. \fs15
21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up, to offer unto Yahweh the yearly sacrifice, and his own vow.
22 But, Hannah, went not up,for she said to her husband till the boy is weaned, then will I take him, and he shall appear before Yahweh, and abide there evermore.
23 And Elkanah her husband said to herDo what is good in thine own eyes, tarry until thou have weaned him, only may Yahweh establish his word! So the woman tarried, and nursed her son, until she weaned him.
24 Then took she him up with her, when she had weaned him, with a bullock of three years old, and one ephah of meal, and a skin of wine, and took him to the house of Yahweh, at Shiloh,the boy yet being young.
25 So they slew the bullock,and took the boy in, unto Eli.
26 And she saidPardon, my lord! By the life of thy soul, my lord,I, am the woman who was standing near thee here, praying unto Yahweh:
27 For this boy, I prayed,And Yahweh hath given me my petition which I asked of him.
28 Hence, I also, have loaned him unto Yahweh, all the days that he liveth. He, is lent unto Yahweh. And he bowed down there, unto Yahweh.