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.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

1 Samwiri 1

Okuzaalibwa kwa Samwiri

1Waaliwo omusajja Omwefulayimu eyabeeranga e Lamasayimuzofimu, mu nsi ey’ensozi eya Efulayimu, ng’ayitibwa Erukaana, nga mutabani wa Yerokamu, muzzukulu wa Eriku, muzzukulu wa Toku, muzzukulu wa Zufu. Yalina abakyala babiri, omu nga ye Kaana; n’omulala nga ye Penina. Penina yalina abaana, naye Kaana nga mugumba.

Buli mwaka omusajja oyo yayambukanga okuva mu kibuga ky’ewaabwe okugenda okusinza n’okuwaayo ssaddaaka eri Mukama ow’Eggye e Siiro[a]. Eyo Kofuni ne Finekaasi batabani ba Eri gye baawererezanga nga bakabona ba Mukama Katonda. Awo olunaku olw’okuwaayo ssaddaaka bwe lwatuuka, Erukaana, n’awa Penina ne batabani be, ne bawala be emigabo egy’ennyama. Naye Kaana n’amuwa emigabo ebiri kubanga yamwagala nnyo, newaakubadde nga Mukama Katonda yali tamuwadde mwana. Era kubanga Mukama Katonda yali tamuwadde mwana, muggya we n’amucoccanga. Ebyo byabangawo buli mwaka, era bwe baayambukanga okugenda mu yeekaalu ya Mukama, muggya we n’amujoogerezanga okutuusa lwe yakaabanga, n’okulya n’atalya. Bba Erukaana n’amubuuza nti, “Kaana, okaabiranga ki? Lwaki tolya? Kiki ekikweraliikiriza? Nze sikusingira abaana ekkumi?”

Lwali lumu bwe baali bamaze okulya n’okunywa e Siiro, Eri yali atudde ku ntebe okumpi n’omulyango gwa yeekaalu[b], Kaana n’asituka n’agenda mu maaso ga Mukama Katonda. 10 Mu kulumwa olw’ennaku ennyingi ennyo, n’akaaba nnyo amaziga ng’asaba Mukama Katonda. 11 Ne yeeyama ng’agamba nti, “Ayi Mukama Ayinzabyonna, bw’olitunuulira ennaku ey’omuweereza wo, n’onzijukira, n’ompa omwana owoobulenzi, ndimuwaayo eri Mukama Katonda ennaku zonna ez’obulamu bwe nga muwonge, era enviiri ze teziimwebwengako.”

12 Awo Kaana bwe yeeyongera okusaba ennyo eri Mukama Katonda, Eri ne yeekaliriza akamwa ke. 13 Kaana yali asaba mu kasirise, ng’emimwa gye ginyeenya, naye nga eddoboozi lye teriwulikika. Eri n’alowooza nti atamidde. 14 Eri kyeyava amugamba nti, “Olikomya ddi okujjanga wano ng’otamidde? Ggyawo ettamiiro lyo.”

15 Naye Kaana n’amuddamu nti, “Si bwe kiri mukama wange; nze ndi mukazi ajjudde ennaku. Sinnanywa ku wayini newaakubadde ekitamiiza ekirala; mbadde nkaabira Mukama Katonda mu mmeeme yange. 16 Omuweereza wo tomulowooza okuba omukazi ow’ekyejjo, kubanga mbadde nsindira Mukama ennaku n’obuyinike bwange.”

17 Awo Eri n’amuddamu nti, “Genda mirembe. Katonda wa Isirayiri akuwe ekyo ky’omusabye.” 18 N’ayogera nti, “Omuweereza wo alabe ekisa mu maaso go.” Oluvannyuma ne yeetambulira, n’alya ku mmere, n’atandika okutunula n’essanyu. 19 Awo Erukaana n’ab’ewuwe ne bagolokoka enkeera mu makya ne basinza Mukama, n’oluvannyuma ne baddayo ewaabwe e Laama. Ne yeetaba ne mukazi we Kaana, Mukama Katonda n’amujjukira. 20 Kaana n’aba olubuto n’azaala omwana wabulenzi. N’amutuuma erinnya Samwiri, amakulu gaalyo, “Kubanga namusaba Mukama Katonda.”

Kaana Awonga Samwiri

21 Awo Erukaana n’ayambuka n’ab’ennyumba ye okugenda okuwaayo ssaddaaka eri Mukama Katonda n’okutuukiriza obweyamo bwe. 22 Naye Kaana teyagenda nabo. N’agamba bba nti, “Omwana bw’aliva ku mabeere[c], ndimutwala ne mulagayo eri Mukama Katonda, era alibeera eyo ennaku ze zonna.”

23 Erukaana n’amuddamu nti, “Kola nga bw’osiima. Linda okutuusa lw’olimala okumuggya ku mabeere; Mukama Katonda atuukirize ekigambo kye.” Awo omukyala n’asigala eka, n’alabirira omwana okutuusa lwe yava ku mabeere.

24 Bwe yava ku mabeere, n’amutwala mu yeekaalu ya Mukama Katonda e Siiro ng’akyali muto; ne batwala ente ssatu ennume, n’endebe ey’obutta, n’eccupa y’envinnyo. 25 Bwe baamala okusala emu ku nte, ne batwala omwana eri Eri. 26 Kaana n’ayogera nti, “Nga bw’oli omulamu mukama wange, nze mukyala oli eyayimirira okumpi naawe, ne nsaba Mukama Katonda. 27 Namusaba omwana ono, era Mukama Katonda ampadde kye namusaba. 28 Kaakano mmuwaayo eri Mukama, era obulamu bwe bwonna aweereddwayo eri Mukama Katonda.” Omwana n’asinzizanga Mukama Katonda eyo.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:3 Siiro Essanduuko ya Mukama ne Weema ey’Okukuŋŋaanirangamu (3:3; Yos 18:1) byali olugendo lwa kilomita amakumi asatu mu bukiikakkono bwa Yerusaalemi. Era kyali kigwanidde Abayisirayiri bonna okulagangayo okusinzizaayo emirundi esatu buli mwaka (Ma 16:16-17; Kuv 23:14-19)
  2. 1:9 Yeekaalu eyogerwako wano ye Weema ey’Okukuŋŋaanirangamu
  3. 1:22 Abaana baavanga ku mabeere nga wayiseewo emyaka esatu oba oluusi n’okusingawo