The Message

1 Samuel 1

Hannah Pours Out Her Heart to God

11-2 There once was a man who lived in Ramathaim. He was descended from the old Zuph family in the Ephraim hills. His name was Elkanah. (He was connected with the Zuphs from Ephraim through his father Jeroham, his grandfather Elihu, and his great-grandfather Tohu.) He had two wives. The first was Hannah; the second was Peninnah. Peninnah had children; Hannah did not.

3-7 Every year this man went from his hometown up to Shiloh to worship and offer a sacrifice to God-of-the-Angel-Armies. Eli and his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, served as the priests of God there. When Elkanah sacrificed, he passed helpings from the sacrificial meal around to his wife Peninnah and all her children, but he always gave an especially generous helping to Hannah because he loved her so much, and because God had not given her children. But her rival wife taunted her cruelly, rubbing it in and never letting her forget that God had not given her children. This went on year after year. Every time she went to the sanctuary of God she could expect to be taunted. Hannah was reduced to tears and had no appetite.

Her husband Elkanah said, “Oh, Hannah, why are you crying? Why aren’t you eating? And why are you so upset? Am I not of more worth to you than ten sons?”

9-11 So Hannah ate. Then she pulled herself together, slipped away quietly, and entered the sanctuary. The priest Eli was on duty at the entrance to God’s Temple in the customary seat. Crushed in soul, Hannah prayed to God and cried and cried—inconsolably. Then she made a vow:

Oh, God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
If you’ll take a good, hard look at my pain,
If you’ll quit neglecting me and go into action for me
By giving me a son,
I’ll give him completely, unreservedly to you.
I’ll set him apart for a life of holy discipline.

12-14 It so happened that as she continued in prayer before God, Eli was watching her closely. Hannah was praying in her heart, silently. Her lips moved, but no sound was heard. Eli jumped to the conclusion that she was drunk. He approached her and said, “You’re drunk! How long do you plan to keep this up? Sober up, woman!”

15-16 Hannah said, “Oh no, sir—please! I’m a woman hard used. I haven’t been drinking. Not a drop of wine or beer. The only thing I’ve been pouring out is my heart, pouring it out to God. Don’t for a minute think I’m a bad woman. It’s because I’m so desperately unhappy and in such pain that I’ve stayed here so long.”

17 Eli answered her, “Go in peace. And may the God of Israel give you what you have asked of him.”

18 “Think well of me—and pray for me!” she said, and went her way. Then she ate heartily, her face radiant.

19 Up before dawn, they worshiped God and returned home to Ramah. Elkanah slept with Hannah his wife, and God began making the necessary arrangements in response to what she had asked.

Dedicating the Child to God

20 Before the year was out, Hannah had conceived and given birth to a son. She named him Samuel, explaining, “I asked God for him.”

21-22 When Elkanah next took his family on their annual trip to Shiloh to worship God, offering sacrifices and keeping his vow, Hannah didn’t go. She told her husband, “After the child is weaned, I’ll bring him myself and present him before God—and that’s where he’ll stay, for good.”

23-24 Elkanah said to his wife, “Do what you think is best. Stay home until you have weaned him. Yes! Let God complete what he has begun!”

So she did. She stayed home and nursed her son until she had weaned him. Then she took him up to Shiloh, bringing also the makings of a generous sacrificial meal—a prize bull, flour, and wine. The child was so young to be sent off!

25-26 They first butchered the bull, then brought the child to Eli. Hannah said, “Excuse me, sir. Would you believe that I’m the very woman who was standing before you at this very spot, praying to God? I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life.”

Then and there, they worshiped God.

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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.