American Standard VersionElkanah and his Wives
1Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim, of the hill-country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite: 2and he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
3And this man went up out of his city from year to year to worship and to sacrifice unto Jehovah of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, priests unto Jehovah, were there. 4And when the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions: 5but unto Hannah he gave a double portion; for he loved Hannah, but Jehovah had shut up her womb. 6And her rival provoked her sore, to make her fret, because Jehovah had shut up her womb. 7And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of Jehovah, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat. 8And Elkanah her husband said unto 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?
Hannah Prays for a Son
9So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest was sitting upon his seat by the door-post of the temple of Jehovah. 10And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto Jehovah, and wept sore. 11And she vowed a vow, and said, O Jehovah of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thy handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thy handmaid, but wilt give unto thy handmaid a man-child, then I will give him unto Jehovah all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
12And it came to pass, as she continued praying before Jehovah, that Eli marked her mouth. 13Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 14And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. 15And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I poured out my soul before Jehovah. 16Count not thy handmaid for a wicked woman; for out of the abundance of my complaint and my provocation have I spoken hitherto. 17Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace; and the God of Israel grant thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 18And she said, Let thy handmaid find favor in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat; and her countenance was no more'sad .
The Birth of Samuel
19And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before Jehovah, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and Jehovah remembered her. 20And it came to pass, when the time was come about, that Hannah conceived, and bare a son; and she called his name Samuel,'saying , Because I have asked him of Jehovah.
21And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto Jehovah the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. 22But 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 Jehovah, and there abide for ever. 23And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only Jehovah establish his word. So the woman tarried and gave her son suck, until she weaned him. 24And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of meal, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of Jehovah in Shiloh: and the child was young. 25And they slew the bullock, and brought the child to Eli. 26And she said, Oh, my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto Jehovah. 27For this child I prayed; and Jehovah hath given me my petition which I asked of him: 28therefore also I have granted him to Jehovah; as long as he liveth he is granted to Jehovah. And he worshipped Jehovah there.
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Outline1. Elkanah, a Levite, having two wives, worships yearly at Shiloh4. He cherishes Hannah, though barren, and provoked by Peninnah9. Hannah in grief prays for a child12. Eli first rebuking her, afterwards blesses her19. Hannah, having born Samuel, stays at home till he is weaned24. She presents him, according to her vow, to the Lord
Chapters1 Samuel 1: Elkanah and his Wives
1 Samuel 2: Hannah's Prayer of Thanksgiving
1 Samuel 3: The Lord Calls Samuel
1 Samuel 4: The Philistines Capture the Ark
1 Samuel 5: The Ark among the Philistines
1 Samuel 6: The Ark Returned to Israel
1 Samuel 7: Samuel Subdues the Philistines
1 Samuel 8: Israel Demands a King
1 Samuel 9: Saul Chosen as King
1 Samuel 10: Samuel Anoints Saul
1 Samuel 11: Saul Defeats the Ammonites
1 Samuel 12: Samuel's Farewell Address
1 Samuel 13: War with the Philistines
1 Samuel 14: Jonathan's Plan
1 Samuel 15: Saul's Disobedience
1 Samuel 16: Samuel Anoints David as King
1 Samuel 17: Goliath's Challenge
1 Samuel 18: Jonathan Befriends David
1 Samuel 19: Jonathan Warns David
1 Samuel 20: Jonathan Helps David
1 Samuel 21: David Takes the Consecrated Bread
1 Samuel 22: David Flees to Adullam and Mizpeh
1 Samuel 23: David Delivers Keilah
1 Samuel 24: David Spares Saul
1 Samuel 25: The Death of Samuel
1 Samuel 26: David Again Spares Saul
1 Samuel 27: David and the Philistines
1 Samuel 28: Philistines Gather Against Israel
1 Samuel 29: The Philistines Reject David
1 Samuel 30: The Amalekites Raid Ziklag
1 Samuel 31: Saul's Sons Slain