1 Samuel 1

Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the hill-country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah Ibn Jeroham, Ibn Elihu, IbnTohu, Ibn 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. 3This man went up out of his city from year to year to worship and to sacrifice to Allah, Lord of the universe in Shiloh. The two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, priests of Allah, were there. 4When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions: 5but to Hannah he gave a double portion; for he loved Hannah, but Allah had shut up her womb. 6Her rival provoked her much, to make her fret, because Allah had shut up her womb. 7And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of Allah, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat. 8Elkanah her husband said to her, Hannah, why are you crying? Why don’t you eat? Why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons? 9So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his seat by the door-post of the temple of Allah. 10She was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to Allah, and wept very much. 11She vowed a vow, and said, Allah, Lord of the universe, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a man-child, then I will give him to Allah all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come on his head. 12It happened, as she continued praying before Allah, that Eli observed her mouth. 13Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she was drunk. 14Eli said to her, How long will you keep getting drunk? Get rid of your wine. 15Hannah answered, 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 Allah. 16Do not count your servant for a wicked woman; for out of my great anguish and grief have I spoken. 17Then Eli answered, Go in peace; and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of him. 18She said, Let your servant find favour in your sight. So the woman went her way, and ate; and her facial expression wasn’t sad any more. 19They rose up in the morning early, and worshiped before Allah, and returned, and came to their house in Ramah: and Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife; and Allah remembered her. 20It happened that in the course of time Hannah conceived, and bore a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of Allah. 21The man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer to Allah the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. 22But Hannah didn’t go up; for she said to her husband, I will not go up until the child is weaned; and then I will bring him, that he may appear before Allah, and stay there forever. 23Elkanah her husband said to her, Do what seems good to you; wait until you have weaned him; only may Allah establish his word. So the woman waited and nursed her son, until she weaned him. 24When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bulls, and one ephah of meal, and a bottle of wine, and brought him to the house of Allah in Shiloh: and the child was young. 25They killed the bull, and brought the child to Eli. 26She said, Oh, my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to Allah. 27For this child I prayed; and Allah has given me my petition which I asked of him: 28therefore also I have granted him to Allah; as long as he lives he is granted to Allah. He worshiped Allah there.


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