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1 Samuel 1

Elkanah and His Wives

1There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim, of the [a]hill country of Ephraim, named Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an [b]Ephraimite. He had two wives, one named Hannah and the other named Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.

This man went up from his city [c]each year to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts at Shiloh. Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests to the Lord there. When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions [of the sacrificial meat] to Peninnah his wife and all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he would give a double portion, because he loved Hannah, but the Lord had [d]given her no children. Hannah’s rival provoked her bitterly, to irritate and embarrass her, because the Lord had [e]left her childless. So it happened year after year, whenever she went up to the house of the Lord, Peninnah provoked her; so she wept and would not eat. Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you cry and why do you not eat? Why are you so sad and discontent? Am I not better to you than ten sons?”

So Hannah got up after eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his seat beside the doorpost of the temple (tabernacle) of the Lord. 10 Hannah was [f]greatly distressed, and she prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. 11 She made a vow, saying, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction (suffering) of Your maidservant and remember, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life; a [g]razor shall never touch his head.”

12 Now it happened as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli was watching her mouth. 13 Hannah was speaking in her heart (mind); only her lips were moving, and her voice was not heard, so Eli [h]thought she was drunk. 14 Eli said to her, “How long will you make yourself drunk? Get rid of your wine.” 15 But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman with a despairing spirit. I have not been drinking wine or any intoxicating drink, but I have poured out my soul before the Lord. 16 Do not regard your maidservant as a wicked and worthless woman, for I have spoken until now out of my great concern and [bitter] provocation.” 17 Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.” 18 Hannah said, “Let your maidservant find grace and favor in your sight.” So the woman went on her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.

Samuel Is Born to Hannah

19 The family got up early the next morning, worshiped before the Lord, and returned to their home in Ramah. Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her [prayer]. 20 It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; she named him [i]Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”

21 Then the man Elkanah and all his household went up to offer to the Lord the [j]yearly sacrifice and pay his vow. 22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “I will not go up until the child is [k]weaned; and then I will bring him, so that he may appear before the Lord and remain there as long as he lives.” 23 Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you. Wait until you have weaned him; only may the Lord establish and confirm His word.” So the woman remained [behind] and nursed her son until she weaned him. 24 Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a [l]leather bottle of wine [to pour over the burnt offering for a sweet fragrance], and she brought Samuel to the Lord’s house in Shiloh, although the child was young. 25 Then they slaughtered the bull, and brought the child to Eli. 26 Hannah said, “Oh, my lord! As [surely as] your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood beside you here, praying to the Lord. 27 For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my request which I asked of Him. 28 Therefore I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.” And they worshiped the Lord there.

Notas al pie

  1. 1 Samuel 1:1 Lit mountains of.
  2. 1 Samuel 1:1 It is sometimes claimed that Samuel was from the tribe of Ephraim (rather than the tribe of Levi) and so was not eligible to serve as a priest. He was an Ephraimite only in the sense that his family lived in the tribal area of Ephraim. His genealogy is given in 1 Chr 6:22-28. At least two other men in the passage are named Elkanah. Samuel’s father, Elkanah, is the man mentioned in 1 Chr 6:27. The men mentioned in 1 Chr 6:23, 24, and 26 are several generations removed from Samuel.
  3. 1 Samuel 1:3 Lit from days to days.
  4. 1 Samuel 1:5 Lit closed her womb.
  5. 1 Samuel 1:6 Lit closed her womb.
  6. 1 Samuel 1:10 Lit bitter of soul.
  7. 1 Samuel 1:11 Lit shearing knife. This was a requirement of a Nazirite vow which would apply to Samuel all of his life (see Num 6:2 ff).
  8. 1 Samuel 1:13 This implies that the custom at that time was to pray aloud; the outcome (vv 19, 20) shows that God hears prayer, whether it is spoken or silent.
  9. 1 Samuel 1:20 The name possibly means “The Name [i.e. Yahweh, Lord] is God” or “His name is God,” but the etymology is uncertain.
  10. 1 Samuel 1:21 Lit sacrifice of days.
  11. 1 Samuel 1:22 At this time children were nursed until about age three. But it may be fair to say that Hannah also wanted to keep the boy as long as she reasonably could; giving up her only child—even for the best of purposes—must have been terribly difficult.
  12. 1 Samuel 1:24 These containers were made from almost the entire skin of an animal and were used for holding wine.

Japanese Living Bible

サムエル記Ⅰ 1

サムエルの誕生

1これは、エフライムの山地のラマタイム・ツォフィムに住んでいた、エフライム人エルカナの物語です。エルカナの父はエロハム、エロハムの父はエリフ、エリフの父はトフ、トフの父はツフといいました。 エルカナには、ハンナとペニンナという二人の妻があり、ペニンナには何人もの子どもがいたのに、ハンナは子どもに恵まれませんでした。

エルカナの一家は毎年シロにある主の宮に出かけ、天地の主である神を礼拝しては、いけにえをささげていました。当時の祭司は、エリの二人の息子ホフニとピネハスでした。 いけにえをささげ終えると、エルカナは、ペニンナと子どもたち一人一人に贈り物を与え、盛大に祝いました。 彼はだれよりもハンナを愛していましたが、一人分の贈り物しか与えることはできませんでした。主が彼女の胎を閉ざしていたので、贈り物をしようにも子どもがいなかったのです。 さらに困ったことは、ペニンナがハンナに子どもがないことを意地悪く言うことでした。 毎年、シロに来ると必ずそうなるのです。ペニンナはハンナをあざけり、笑い者にしたので、ハンナは泣いてばかりいて、食事ものどを通らない有様でした。 「ハンナ、どうした?」エルカナは心配顔でのぞき込みました。「なぜ食べないのだ。子どもがないからといって、そんなに思い悩むことはないよ。あなたにとって、私は十人の息子以上ではないのか。」

シロ滞在中のある夜のこと、夕食後にハンナは宮の方へ行きました。祭司エリが、いつものように入口のわきの席に座っていました。 10 ハンナは悲しみのあまり、主に祈りながら、激しくむせび泣きました。 11 そして、次のような誓願を立てたのです。「天地の主よ。もしあなたが、私の悲しみに目を留めてくださり、この祈りに答えて男の子を授けてくださるなら、その子を必ずあなたにおささげいたします。一生あなたに従う者となるしるしに、その子の髪の毛を切りません。」

12-13 エリは、ハンナのくちびるが動くのに声が聞こえないので、酔っているのではないかと思って言いました。 14 「いつまで酔っ払っているのか。早く酔いをさましなさい。」

15-16 「いいえ、祭司様。酔ってなどいません。ただ、あまりに悲しいので、私の胸のうちを洗いざらい主に申し上げていたのです。どうか、酔いどれ女だなどとお思いにならないでください。」

17 「そうか、よしよし。元気を出しなさい。イスラエルの主が、あなたの切なる願いをかなえてくださるように。」

18 「ありがとうございます、祭司様。」ハンナは晴れやかな顔で戻って行くと、食事をして元気になりました。

19-20 翌朝、エルカナ一家はこぞって早起きし、宮へ行ってもう一度主を礼拝し、ラマへと帰って行きました。その後、主はハンナの願いを聞いてくださり、ハンナは身ごもって男の子を産みました。ハンナは、「あれほど主に願った子どもだから」と言って、サムエル〔「神に願った」の意〕という名をつけました。

サムエルをささげたハンナ

21-22 翌年、エルカナはペニンナとその子どもたちだけを連れて、シロへ年ごとの礼拝に出かけました。ハンナが、「この子が乳離れしてからにしてください。この子は宮にお預けするつもりです」と、同行しなかったからです。 23 エルカナはうなずきました。「いいだろう。あなたが一番いいと思うとおりにしなさい。ただ、主のお心にかなうことがなされるように。」こうしてハンナは、サムエルが乳離れするまで家で育てました。

24 そののち、ハンナとエルカナは、いけにえとして三歳の雄牛一頭、小麦粉一エパ(二十三リットル)、皮袋入りのぶどう酒を携え、まだ幼いその子をシロへ連れ上りました。 25 いけにえをささげ終えると、二人はその子を祭司エリのところへ連れて行きました。 26 ハンナはエリに申し出ました。「祭司様。私のことを覚えておいででしょうか。かつて、ここで主に祈った女でございます。 27 子どもを授けてくださいと、おすがりしたのです。主は願いをかなえてくださいました。 28 ですから今、この子を生涯、主におささげしたいのです。」

こうしてハンナは、その子を主に仕える者とするため、エリに預けたのです。