Hannah Dedicates Samuel

21 When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual(A) sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfill his vow,(B) 22 Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present(C) him before the Lord, and he will live there always.”[a]

23 “Do what seems best to you,” her husband Elkanah told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the Lord make good(D) his[b] word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned(E) him.

24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull,[c](F) an ephah[d] of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. 25 When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli, 26 and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27 I prayed(G) for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 28 So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life(H) he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.

Hannah’s Prayer

Then Hannah prayed and said:(I)

“My heart rejoices(J) in the Lord;
    in the Lord my horn[e](K) is lifted high.
My mouth boasts(L) over my enemies,(M)
    for I delight in your deliverance.

“There is no one holy(N) like(O) the Lord;
    there is no one besides you;
    there is no Rock(P) like our God.

“Do not keep talking so proudly
    or let your mouth speak such arrogance,(Q)
for the Lord is a God who knows,(R)
    and by him deeds(S) are weighed.(T)

“The bows of the warriors are broken,(U)
    but those who stumbled are armed with strength.(V)
Those who were full hire themselves out for food,
    but those who were hungry(W) are hungry no more.
She who was barren(X) has borne seven children,
    but she who has had many sons pines away.

“The Lord brings death and makes alive;(Y)
    he brings down to the grave and raises up.(Z)
The Lord sends poverty and wealth;(AA)
    he humbles and he exalts.(AB)
He raises(AC) the poor(AD) from the dust(AE)
    and lifts the needy(AF) from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes
    and has them inherit a throne of honor.(AG)

“For the foundations(AH) of the earth are the Lord’s;
    on them he has set the world.
He will guard the feet(AI) of his faithful servants,(AJ)
    but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.(AK)

“It is not by strength(AL) that one prevails;
10     those who oppose the Lord will be broken.(AM)
The Most High will thunder(AN) from heaven;
    the Lord will judge(AO) the ends of the earth.

“He will give strength(AP) to his king
    and exalt the horn(AQ) of his anointed.”

11 Then Elkanah went home to Ramah,(AR) but the boy ministered(AS) before the Lord under Eli the priest.


  1. 1 Samuel 1:22 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls always. I have dedicated him as a Nazirite—all the days of his life.”
  2. 1 Samuel 1:23 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac your
  3. 1 Samuel 1:24 Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac; Masoretic Text with three bulls
  4. 1 Samuel 1:24 That is, probably about 36 pounds or about 16 kilograms
  5. 1 Samuel 2:1 Horn here symbolizes strength; also in verse 10.

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