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1 Samuel 1:4-20 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Whenever Elkanah offered a sacrifice, he always gave portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to each of her sons and daughters. But he gave a double[a] portion to Hannah, for he loved her even though the Lord had kept her from conceiving. Her rival would taunt her severely just to provoke her, because the Lord had kept Hannah from conceiving. Whenever she went up to the Lord’s house, her rival taunted her in this way every year. Hannah wept and would not eat. “Hannah, why are you crying?” her husband Elkanah asked. “Why won’t you eat? Why are you troubled? Am I not better to you than 10 sons?”

Hannah got up after they ate and drank at Shiloh.[b] Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s tabernacle. 10 Deeply hurt, Hannah prayed to the Lord and wept with many tears. 11 Making a vow, she pleaded, “Lord of Hosts, if You will take notice of Your servant’s affliction, remember and not forget me, and give Your servant a son,[c] I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and his hair will never be cut.”[d]

12 While she continued praying in the Lord’s presence, Eli watched her lips. 13 Hannah was praying silently,[e] and though her lips were moving, her voice could not be heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and scolded her, “How long are you going to be drunk? Get rid of your wine!”

15 “No, my lord,” Hannah replied. “I am a woman with a broken heart. I haven’t had any wine or beer; I’ve been pouring out my heart before the Lord. 16 Don’t think of me as a wicked woman; I’ve been praying from the depth of my anguish and resentment.”

17 Eli responded, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant the petition you’ve requested from Him.”

18 “May your servant find favor with you,” she replied. Then Hannah went on her way; she ate and no longer looked despondent.[f]

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,[g] Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,[h] because she said, “I requested him from the Lord.”


  1. 1 Samuel 1:5 Or gave only one; Hb obscure
  2. 1 Samuel 1:9 LXX adds and presented herself before the Lord
  3. 1 Samuel 1:11 Lit a seed of men
  4. 1 Samuel 1:11 Lit and no razor will go up on his head
  5. 1 Samuel 1:13 Lit praying to her heart
  6. 1 Samuel 1:18 Lit and her face was not to her again
  7. 1 Samuel 1:20 Lit In the turning of the days
  8. 1 Samuel 1:20 In Hb, the name Samuel sounds like the phrase “requested from God.”

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