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1 Samuel 1:19-28Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Samuel’s Birth and Dedication

19 The next morning Elkanah and Hannah got up early to bow in worship before the Lord. Afterward, they returned home to Ramah. Then Elkanah was intimate with his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. 20 After some time,[a] Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,[b] because she said, “I requested him from the Lord.”

21 When Elkanah and all his household went up to make the annual sacrifice and his vow offering to the Lord, 22 Hannah did not go and explained to her husband, “After the child is weaned, I’ll take him to appear in the Lord’s presence and to stay there permanently.”

23 Her husband Elkanah replied, “Do what you think is best,[c] and stay here until you’ve weaned him. May the Lord confirm your[d] word.” So Hannah stayed there and nursed her son until she weaned him. 24 When she had weaned him, she took him with her to Shiloh, as well as a three-year-old bull,[e] half a bushel[f] of flour, and a jar of wine. Though the boy was still young,[g] she took him to the Lord’s house at Shiloh. 25 Then they slaughtered the bull and brought the boy to Eli.

26 “Please, my lord,” she said, “as sure as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27 I prayed for this boy, and since the Lord gave me what I asked Him for, 28 I now give the boy to the Lord. For as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.” Then he[h] bowed in worship to the Lord there.[i]


  1. 1 Samuel 1:20 Lit In the turning of the days
  2. 1 Samuel 1:20 In Hb, the name Samuel sounds like the phrase “requested from God.”
  3. 1 Samuel 1:23 Lit what is good in your eyes
  4. 1 Samuel 1:23 DSS, LXX, Syr; MT reads His
  5. 1 Samuel 1:24 DSS, LXX, Syr; MT reads Shiloh with three bulls
  6. 1 Samuel 1:24 Lit bull and an ephah
  7. 1 Samuel 1:24 Lit And the youth was a youth
  8. 1 Samuel 1:28 DSS read she; some Hb mss, Syr, Vg read they
  9. 1 Samuel 1:28 LXX reads Then she left him there before the Lord

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