1 Samuel 1
Elkanah a Levite having two wives, worshippeth yearly at Shiloh.
1 Samuel 1:1 Now there was a certaine man of Ramathaim Zophim, of mount Ephraim, & his name was Elkanah, the sonne of Ieroham, the sonne of Elihu, the sonne of Tohu, the sonne of Zuph, an Ephrathite; 1 Samuel 1:2 And he had two wiues, the name of the one [was] Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. 1 Samuel 1:3 And this man went vp out of his citie yeerely, to worship and to sacrifice vnto the LORD of hostes in Shiloh; and the two sonnes of Eli, Hophni, and Phinehas, the Priests of the LORD, [were] there.
He cherisheth Hannah, though barren, and provoked by Peninah.
1 Samuel 1:4 And when the time was, that Elkanah offered, he gaue to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sonnes, and her daughters, portions. 1 Samuel 1:5 But vnto Hannah he gaue a worthy portion: (for he loued Hannah, but the LORD had shut vp her wombe. 1 Samuel 1:6 And her aduersary also prouoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut vp her wombe.) 1 Samuel 1:7 And [as] he did so yeere by yeere, when she went vp to the house of the LORD, so she prouoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat. 1 Samuel 1:8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieued? Am not I better to thee, then ten sonnes?
Hannah in grief prayeth for a child.
1 Samuel 1:9 So Hannah rose vp after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunke; (now Eli the Priest sate vpon a seat by a poste of the Temple of the LORD.) 1 Samuel 1:10 And shee was in bitternesse of soule, and prayed vnto the LORD, and wept sore. 1 Samuel 1:11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hostes, if thou wilt indeed looke on the affliction of thine handmayd, and remember me, and not forget thine handmayd, but wilt giue vnto thine handmayd a man childe, then I will giue him vnto the LORD all the dayes of his life, and there shall no rasor come vpon his head.
Eli first rebuking her, afterwards blesseth her.
1 Samuel 1:12 And it came to passe as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. 1 Samuel 1:13 Now Hannah, shee spake in her heart; onely her lippes mooued, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had beene drunken. 1 Samuel 1:14 And Eli said vnto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. 1 Samuel 1:15 And Hannah answered, and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowfull spirit: I haue drunke neither wine nor strong drinke, but haue powred out my soule before the LORD. 1 Samuel 1:16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and griefe, haue I spoken hitherto. 1 Samuel 1:17 Then Eli answered, and said, Goe in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition, that thou hast asked of him. 1 Samuel 1:18 And she said, Let thine handmaid finde grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eate, and her countenance was no more [sad].
Hannah having born Samuel, stayeth at home till he be weaned.
1 Samuel 1:19 And they rose vp in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knewe Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembred her. 1 Samuel 1:20 Wherefore it came to passe when the time was come about, after Hannah had conceiued, that shee bare a sonne, and called his name Samuel, [saying]; Because I haue asked him of the LORD. 1 Samuel 1:21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went vp to offer vnto the LORD the yeerely sacrifice, and his vowe. 1 Samuel 1:22 But Hannah went not vp; for shee said vnto her husband, [I will not goe vp] vntill the childe be weaned, and [then] I will bring him, that he may appeare before the LORD, and there abide for euer. 1 Samuel 1:23 And Elkanah her husband said vnto her, Do what seemeth thee good, tary vntill thou haue weaned him, only the LORD establish his word: so the woman abode, and gaue her sonne sucke vntill she weaned him.
She presenteth him, according to her vow, to the LORD.
1 Samuel 1:24 And when shee had weaned him, shee tooke him vp with her, with three bullocks, and one Ephah of floure, and a bottle of wine, and brought him vnto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the childe [was] young. 1 Samuel 1:25 And they slew a bullocke, and brought the childe to Eli. 1 Samuel 1:26 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soule liueth, my lord, I [am] the woman, that stood by thee heere, praying vnto the LORD. 1 Samuel 1:27 For this childe I prayed, and the LORD hath giuen me my petition, which I asked of him: 1 Samuel 1:28 Therefore also I haue lent him to the LORD as long as hee liueth, he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.