HANNAH'S PRAYER FOR A SON

1 Samuel 1:1-28

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.


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