Bible: 1 Samuel 1:9-2:11

1:9 On one occasion in Shiloh, after they had finished eating and drinking, Hannah got up. 1  (Now at the time Eli the priest was sitting in his chair 2  by the doorpost of the Lord’s temple.) 1:10 She was very upset 3  as she prayed to the Lord, and she was weeping uncontrollably. 4  1:11 She made a vow saying, “O Lord of hosts, if you will look with compassion 5  on the suffering of your female servant, 6  remembering me and not forgetting your servant, and give a male child 7  to your servant, then I will dedicate him to the Lord all the days of his life. His hair will never be cut.” 8 

1:12 As she continued praying to 9  the Lord, Eli was watching her mouth. 1:13 Now Hannah was speaking from her heart. Although her lips were moving, her voice was inaudible. Eli therefore thought she was drunk. 1:14 So he 10  said to her, “How often do you intend to get drunk? Put away your wine!”

1:15 But Hannah replied, “That’s not the way it is, 11  my lord! I am under a great deal of stress. 12  I have drunk neither wine nor beer. Rather, I have poured out my soul to 13  the Lord. 1:16 Don’t consider your servant a wicked woman, 14  for until now I have spoken from my deep pain and anguish.”

1:17 Eli replied, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant the request that you have asked of him.” 1:18 She said, “May I, your servant, find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and got something to eat. 15  Her face no longer looked sad.

1:19 They got up early the next morning and after worshiping the Lord, they returned to their home at Ramah. Elkanah had marital relations with 16  his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered 17  her. 1:20 After some time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, thinking, “I asked the Lord for him. 18 

Hannah Dedicates Samuel to the Lord

1:21 This man Elkanah went up with all his family to make the yearly sacrifice to the Lord and to keep his vow, 1:22 but Hannah did not go up with them. 19  Instead she told her husband, “Once the boy is weaned, I will bring him and appear before the Lord, and he will remain there from then on.”

1:23 So her husband Elkanah said to her, “Do what you think best. 20  Stay until you have weaned him. May the Lord fulfill his promise.” 21 

So the woman stayed and nursed her son until she had weaned him. 1:24 Once she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with three bulls, an ephah 22  of flour, and a container 23  of wine. She brought him to the Lord’s house at Shiloh, even though he was young. 24  1:25 Once the bull had been slaughtered, they brought the boy to Eli. 1:26 She said, “Just as surely as you are alive, my lord, I am the woman who previously stood here with you in order to pray to the Lord. 1:27 I prayed for this boy, and the Lord has given me the request that I asked of him. 1:28 Now I dedicate him to the Lord. From this time on he is dedicated to the Lord.” Then they 25  worshiped the Lord there.

Hannah Exalts the Lord in Prayer

2:1 Hannah prayed, 26 

“My heart rejoices in the Lord;

my horn 27  is exalted high because of the Lord.

I loudly denounce 28  my enemies,

for I am happy that you delivered me. 29 

2:2 No one is holy 30  like the Lord!

There is no one other than you!

There is no rock 31  like our God!

2:3 Don’t keep speaking so arrogantly, 32 

letting proud talk come out of your mouth!

For the Lord is a God who knows;

he 33  evaluates what people do.

2:4 The bows of warriors are shattered,

but those who stumble find their strength reinforced.

2:5 Those who are well-fed hire themselves out to earn food,

but the hungry no longer lack.

Even 34  the barren woman gives birth to seven, 35 

but the one with many children withers away. 36 

2:6 The Lord both kills and gives life;

he brings down to the grave 37  and raises up.

2:7 The Lord impoverishes and makes wealthy;

he humbles and he exalts.

2:8 He lifts the weak 38  from the dust;

he raises 39  the poor from the ash heap

to seat them with princes

and to bestow on them an honored position. 40 

The foundations of the earth belong to the Lord,

and he has placed the world on them.

2:9 He watches over 41  his holy ones, 42 

but the wicked are made speechless in the darkness,

for it is not by one’s own strength that one prevails.

2:10 The Lord shatters 43  his adversaries; 44 

he thunders against them from 45  the heavens.

The Lord executes judgment to the ends of the earth.

He will strengthen 46  his king

and exalt the power 47  of his anointed one.” 48 

2:11 Then Elkanah went back home to Ramah. But the boy was serving the Lord under the supervision of 49  Eli the priest.

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