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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

撒母耳记上 1


1有一个以法莲人名叫以利加拿,住在以法莲山区的拉玛·琐非城。他是苏弗的玄孙、托户的曾孙、以利户的孙子、耶罗罕的儿子。 他有两个妻子,一个叫哈娜,一个叫毗尼娜。毗尼娜有儿有女,哈娜却无儿无女。

以利加拿每年都从家乡到示罗去敬拜万军之耶和华,献上祭物。当时以利的两个儿子何弗尼和非尼哈在那里做耶和华的祭司。 每当献完祭后,以利加拿就会把祭肉分给毗尼娜和她的儿女。 但他会给哈娜双份祭肉,因为他爱哈娜,虽然耶和华使她不能生育。 毗尼娜见她不能生育,便常常羞辱她、气她。 每年来到耶和华的殿时,毗尼娜总是惹她伤心哭泣,以致她吃不下饭。 她的丈夫以利加拿对她说:“哈娜,你为什么哭?为什么不吃饭?为什么心里难过?有我不是比有十个儿子更好吗?”

一天,他们在示罗吃完饭后,哈娜起来祷告。当时,祭司以利正坐在耶和华殿门口的座位上。 10 哈娜心中愁苦,一边祷告一边伤心地哭泣。 11 她向上帝许愿说:“万军之耶和华啊,如果你眷顾婢女的痛苦,不忘记婢女,赐给婢女一个儿子,我必让他终生事奉你,永不剃他的头[a]。” 12 哈娜在耶和华面前祷告,以利注视着她的嘴唇。 13 哈娜在心中默祷,只动嘴唇,不出声音,以利以为她喝醉了, 14 便对她说:“你要醉到什么时候呢?醒醒酒吧!” 15 哈娜答道:“我主啊,我没有喝醉,我淡酒和烈酒都没有喝。我是心里非常愁苦,在耶和华面前倾诉心事。 16 请不要以为我是堕落的女人,我心中非常悲伤痛苦,所以一直在祷告。” 17 以利说:“你安心地回去吧,愿以色列的上帝答应你的祈求。” 18 哈娜说:“谢谢你恩待婢女。”于是,她就去吃饭,不再愁容满面了。

19 第二天,以利加拿一家清早起来敬拜耶和华,然后回到自己的家乡拉玛。以利加拿与哈娜同房,耶和华顾念哈娜, 20 使她怀孕。她后来生了一个儿子,给孩子取名叫撒母耳,因为她说:“他是我向耶和华求来的。”

21 第二年,以利加拿带全家人前往示罗,向耶和华献年祭并还所许的愿。 22 哈娜没有跟他们同去,她告诉丈夫说:“孩子断奶以后,我会把他带去献给耶和华,让他永远住在那里。” 23 以利加拿说:“就依你的意思吧。愿耶和华成就祂的应许。”于是,她就留在家中哺养孩子,直到孩子断奶。 24 孩子断奶以后,她就把他带到示罗耶和华的殿,并带去三头公牛、十公斤面粉和一袋酒。 25 他们宰了一头公牛后,就把孩子带到以利面前。 26 哈娜说:“我主啊,我敢在你面前起誓,我就是那一次站在你这里向耶和华祈求的妇人。 27 我求耶和华赐给我一个孩子,祂应允了我的祈求。 28 现在,我将他献给耶和华,让他终身事奉耶和华。”


Notas al pie

  1. 1:11 参见民数记6章。