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1 Samuel 1:9-18 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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

12 While she continued praying in the Lord’s presence, Eli watched her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying silently,[d] and though her lips were moving, her voice could not be heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to 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 request you’ve made of him.”

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


  1. 1:9 LXX adds and presented herself before the Lord
  2. 1:11 Lit a seed of men
  3. 1:11 Lit and no razor will go up on his head
  4. 1:13 Lit praying to her heart
  5. 1:18 Lit and her face was not to her again
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1 Samuel 1:9-18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and presented herself before the Lord.[a] Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. 10 She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord, and wept bitterly. 11 She made this vow: “O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite[b] until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants,[c] and no razor shall touch his head.”

12 As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying silently; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore Eli thought she was drunk. 14 So Eli said to her, “How long will you make a drunken spectacle of yourself? Put away your wine.” 15 But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. 16 Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation all this time.” 17 Then Eli answered, “Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him.” 18 And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your sight.” Then the woman went to her quarters,[d] ate and drank with her husband,[e] and her countenance was sad no longer.[f]


  1. 1 Samuel 1:9 Gk: Heb lacks and presented herself before the Lord
  2. 1 Samuel 1:11 That is one separated or one consecrated
  3. 1 Samuel 1:11 Cn Compare Gk Q Ms 1.22: MT then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life
  4. 1 Samuel 1:18 Gk: Heb went her way
  5. 1 Samuel 1:18 Gk: Heb lacks and drank with her husband
  6. 1 Samuel 1:18 Gk: Meaning of Heb uncertain
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