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1 Samuel 1

Hannas barnløshed

1I byen Rama[a] i Efraims højland boede en mand, som hed Elkana. Hans far hed Jeroham, hans bedstefar hed Elihu, hans oldefar hed Tohu, og hans tipoldefar hed Zuf[b] og kom oprindelig fra Betlehem.[c]

Elkana havde to koner, Hanna og Peninna. Peninna havde børn, men Hanna havde ingen. Hvert år rejste Elkana sammen med sin familie til helligdommen i Shilo for at tilbede Herren, den Almægtige, og ofre til ham. Det var på den tid, da Elis to sønner Hofni og Pinehas gjorde tjeneste som præster. Når kødet fra offerdyret skulle fordeles, gav Elkana Peninna og hvert af hendes børn et stykke hver, men Hanna gav han to stykker,[d] for han elskede hende, selvom Herren ikke havde givet hende børn. Peninna plejede at håne Hanna og komme med spydige bemærkninger, fordi hun ikke kunne få børn. Hvert år gik det på samme måde. Når de rejste op til Herrens hus i Shilo, gjorde Peninna så meget nar af Hanna, at hun græd og ikke ville spise.

„Hvad er der i vejen, Hanna?” plejede Elkana at spørge. „Hvorfor spiser du ikke? Hvorfor er du så ked af det? Betyder jeg ikke mere for dig end ti sønner?”

Engang, under offermåltidet i Shilo, rejste Hanna sig og gik over til Herrens Hus for at bede. Præsten Eli sad som sædvanlig på sin stol ved indgangen. 10 I sin dybe smerte og under heftig gråd bad Hanna til Herren 11 og aflagde et løfte. „Åh, almægtige Gud, om du dog ville forbarme dig og se min elendighed,” bad hun. „Hvis du vil høre min bøn og give mig en søn, så vil jeg give ham tilbage til dig. Han skal tilhøre dig hele sit liv, og som tegn på det vil jeg lade være med at klippe hans hår.”

12 Sådan bad hun i lang tid. Fra sin plads iagttog Eli hende og så, at hun bevægede læberne, men han kunne ikke høre hendes bøn, 13 for hun bad i stilhed. Eli troede derfor, at hun var beruset. 14 „Hvorfor kommer du her, når du er beruset?” sagde han: „Se dog at blive ædru!” 15 Men Hanna svarede: „Nej, nej, herre, jeg er ikke beruset. Jeg er i stor nød, og jeg udøste mit hjerte for Herren. 16 Du må ikke tro, at jeg er en dårlig kvinde. Jeg har hverken drukket vin eller øl. Jeg bad, fordi jeg er ulykkelig.” 17 „Hvis det er sådan, det forholder sig, så gå du blot herfra med fred,” svarede Eli. „Må Israels Gud bønhøre dig, hvad du end har bedt ham om.” 18 „Tak for din venlighed,” udbrød Hanna. Så gik hun derfra og deltog i offermåltidet og var ikke længere bedrøvet.

Samuels fødsel

19 Tidligt næste morgen stod Elkana og hans familie op for endnu en gang at tilbede Herren, inden de vendte tilbage til Rama. Da de var hjemme igen, lå Elkana med sin kone Hanna, og Herren besvarede hendes bøn. 20 Hun blev gravid, og inden året var omme, fødte hun en søn, som hun kaldte Samuel,[e] for hun sagde: „Jeg bad Herren om at få en søn, og han hørte min bøn.”

21 Næste år, da Elkana og hans familie skulle til Shilo for at bringe det årlige brændoffer og et løfteoffer til Herren, 22 tog Hanna ikke med. „Jeg venter, til drengen er vænnet fra,” sagde hun til sin mand. „Så vil jeg bringe ham til Herrens hus og lade ham blive der, så længe han lever.” 23 „Gør, som du synes bedst,” svarede Elkana. „Bliv du her og pas drengen. Og må Herren hjælpe dig til at holde dit løfte.” Så blev Hanna hjemme og passede barnet.

24 Da drengen var vænnet fra, bragte Hanna ham til Herrens hus i Shilo. Hun medbragte en treårs tyr som offergave, en sæk med ca. 13 kg mel og en lædersæk med vin. 25 Efter offerceremonien bragte Hanna sit barn til Eli. 26 „Husker du mig?” spurgte hun Eli. „Jeg er den kvinde, som stod her og udøste mit hjerte for Herren. 27 Jeg bad om, at Herren ville give mig en søn, og her er han. Herren hørte min bøn. 28 Nu vil jeg give ham tilbage til Herren, så han kan tjene Herren hele sit liv.” Så tilbad de[f] Herren der.

Notas al pie

  1. 1,1 Hebraisk: Ramatajim. Rama betyder „høj” og Ramatajim „dobbelthøjen”. Det er forskellige navne på den samme by.
  2. 1,1 Ifølge 1.Krøn. 6,18-23 var Zuf fra kehatitternes slægt i Levis stamme.
  3. 1,1 Da Betlehem også er kendt under navnet Efrat(a), kaldes folk fra Betlehem undertiden Efratitter, som der står i den hebraiske tekst her. En del levitter slog sig ned i Betlehem, men flyttede senere nordpå til Efraims område, jf. 1.Mos. 48,7, Ruth 1,1, Mika 5,1, Dom. 17,7-9.
  4. 1,5 Teksten er svær at tyde. Kan også oversættes: „et stykke beregnet til to” eller „dobbelt portion”.
  5. 1,20 Samuel betyder „Gud har hørt”.
  6. 1,28 Teksten siger „han”, og det henviser til Elkana, som var repræsentant for den lille familie. Han var med uden at være direkte nævnt ved navn. Se også 2,11.

New Living Translation

1 Samuel 1

Elkanah and His Family

1There was a man named Elkanah who lived in Ramah in the region of Zuph[a] in the hill country of Ephraim. He was the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, of Ephraim. Elkanah had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah did not.

Each year Elkanah would travel to Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies at the Tabernacle. The priests of the Lord at that time were the two sons of Eli—Hophni and Phinehas. On the days Elkanah presented his sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to Peninnah and each of her children. And though he loved Hannah, he would give her only one choice portion[b] because the Lord had given her no children. So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the Lord had kept her from having children. Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle.[c] Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat.

“Why are you crying, Hannah?” Elkanah would ask. “Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me—isn’t that better than having ten sons?”

Hannah’s Prayer for a Son

Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle.[d] 10 Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord. 11 And she made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.[e]

12 As she was praying to the Lord, Eli watched her. 13 Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking. 14 “Must you come here drunk?” he demanded. “Throw away your wine!”

15 “Oh no, sir!” she replied. “I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord. 16 Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.”

17 “In that case,” Eli said, “go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.”

18 “Oh, thank you, sir!” she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.

Samuel’s Birth and Dedication

19 The entire family got up early the next morning and went to worship the Lord once more. Then they returned home to Ramah. When Elkanah slept with Hannah, the Lord remembered her plea, 20 and in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,[f] for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.”

21 The next year Elkanah and his family went on their annual trip to offer a sacrifice to the Lord and to keep his vow. 22 But Hannah did not go. She told her husband, “Wait until the boy is weaned. Then I will take him to the Tabernacle and leave him there with the Lord permanently.[g]

23 “Whatever you think is best,” Elkanah agreed. “Stay here for now, and may the Lord help you keep your promise.[h]” So she stayed home and nursed the boy until he was weaned.

24 When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in Shiloh. They brought along a three-year-old bull[i] for the sacrifice and a basket[j] of flour and some wine. 25 After sacrificing the bull, they brought the boy to Eli. 26 “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. 27 I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. 28 Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they[k] worshiped the Lord there.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads in Ramathaim-zophim; compare 1:19.
  2. 1:5 Or And because he loved Hannah, he would give her a choice portion. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  3. 1:7 Hebrew the house of the Lord; also in 1:24.
  4. 1:9 Hebrew the Temple of the Lord.
  5. 1:11 Some manuscripts add He will drink neither wine nor intoxicants.
  6. 1:20 Samuel sounds like the Hebrew term for “asked of God” or “heard by God.”
  7. 1:22 Some manuscripts add I will offer him as a Nazirite for all time.
  8. 1:23 As in Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version; Masoretic Text reads may the Lord keep his promise.
  9. 1:24a As in Dead Sea Scrolls, Greek and Syriac versions; Masoretic Text reads three bulls.
  10. 1:24b Hebrew and an ephah [20 quarts or 22 liters].
  11. 1:28 Hebrew he.