Samuel Is Born
1A certain man from Ramathaim in the hill country of Ephraim was named Elkanah. He was the son of Jeroham. Jeroham was the son of Elihu. Elihu was the son of Tohu. Tohu was the son of Zuph. Elkanah belonged to the family line of Zuph. Elkanah lived in the territory of Ephraim. 2Elkanah had two wives. One was named Hannah. The other was named Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah didn’t.
3Year after year Elkanah went up from his town to Shiloh. He went there to worship and sacrifice to the Lord who rules over all. Hophni and Phinehas served as priests of the Lord at Shiloh. They were the two sons of Eli. 4Every year at Shiloh, the day would come for Elkanah to offer a sacrifice. On that day, he would give a share of the meat to his wife Peninnah. He would also give a share to each of her sons and daughters. 5But he would give two shares of meat to Hannah. That’s because he loved her. He also gave her two shares because the Lord had kept her from having children. 6Peninnah teased Hannah to make her angry. She did it because the Lord had kept Hannah from having children. 7Peninnah teased Hannah year after year. Every time Hannah would go up to the house of the Lord, Elkanah’s other wife would tease her. She would keep doing it until Hannah cried and wouldn’t eat. 8Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you crying? Why don’t you eat? Why are you so unhappy? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”
9One time when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. 10Hannah was very sad. She wept and wept. She prayed to the Lord. 11She made a promise to him. She said, “Lord, you rule over all. Please see how I’m suffering! Show concern for me! Don’t forget about me! Please give me a son! If you do, I’ll give him back to the Lord. Then he will serve the Lord all the days of his life. He’ll never use a razor on his head. He’ll never cut his hair.”
12As Hannah kept on praying to the Lord, Eli watched her lips. 13She was praying in her heart. Her lips were moving. But she wasn’t making a sound. Eli thought Hannah was drunk. 14He said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Stop drinking your wine.”
15“That’s not true, sir,” Hannah replied. “I’m a woman who is deeply troubled. I haven’t been drinking wine or beer. I was telling the Lord all my troubles. 16Don’t think of me as an evil woman. I’ve been praying here because I’m very sad. My pain is so great.”
17Eli answered, “Go in peace. May the God of Israel give you what you have asked him for.”
18She said, “May you be pleased with me.” Then she left and had something to eat. Her face wasn’t sad anymore.
19Early the next morning Elkanah and his family got up. They worshiped the Lord. Then they went back to their home in Ramah. Elkanah slept with his wife Hannah. And the Lord blessed her. 20So after some time, Hannah became pregnant. She had a baby boy. She said, “I asked the Lord for him.” So she named him Samuel.
Hannah Gives Samuel to the Lord
21Elkanah went up to Shiloh to offer the yearly sacrifice to the Lord. He also went there to keep a promise he had made. His whole family went with him. 22But Hannah didn’t go. She said to her husband, “When the boy doesn’t need me to breast-feed him anymore, I’ll take him to the Lord’s house. I’ll give him to the Lord there. He’ll stay there for the rest of his life.”
23Her husband Elkanah told her, “Do what you think is best. Stay here at home until Samuel doesn’t need you to breast-feed him anymore. May the Lord make his promise to you come true.” So Hannah stayed home. She breast-fed her son until he didn’t need her milk anymore.
24When the boy didn’t need her to breast-feed him anymore, she took him with her to Shiloh. She took him there even though he was still very young. She brought him to the Lord’s house. She brought along a bull that was three years old. She brought 36 pounds of flour. She also brought a bottle of wine. The bottle was made out of animal skin. 25After the bull was sacrificed, Elkanah and Hannah brought the boy to Eli. 26Hannah said to Eli, “Pardon me, sir. I’m the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. And that’s just as sure as you are alive. 27I prayed for this child. The Lord has given me what I asked him for. 28So now I’m giving him to the Lord. As long as he lives he’ll be given to the Lord.” And there Eli worshiped the Lord.
Gũciarwo gwa Samũeli
11:1 Josh 17:17-18; Josh 18:25; 1Maũ 6:27, 34; Josh 21:20-22Na rĩrĩ, nĩ kwarĩ na mũndũ ũmwe wa kuuma Ramathaimu, Mũzofimu kuuma bũrũri ũrĩa ũrĩ irĩma wa Efiraimu, nake eetagwo Elikana mũrũ wa Jerohamu, mũrũ wa Elihu, mũrũ wa Tohu, mũrũ wa Zufu, Mũefiraimu. 21:2 Kĩam 4:19Aarĩ na atumia eerĩ; ũmwe eetagwo Hana na ũrĩa ũngĩ eetagwo Penina. Penina aarĩ na ciana, no Hana ndaarĩ na ciana.
31:3 Gũcook 12:5-7; Josh 18:1Mwaka o mwaka mũndũ ũcio nĩambataga kuuma itũũra rĩake agathiĩ Shilo kũhooya na kũrutĩra Jehova Mwene-Hinya-Wothe igongona.1:3 Ithandũkũ rĩa kĩrĩkanĩro na Hema-ya-Gũtũnganwo (3:3; Josh 18:1) ciakoragwo Shilo kilomita 30 gathigathini wa Jerusalemu. Andũ a Isiraeli nĩmagĩrĩirwo nĩgũthiĩ kuo maita matatũ o mwaka (Gũcook 16:16-17; Thaam 23:14-19). Shilo nĩkuo Hofini na Finehasi, ariũ eerĩ a Eli, maarĩ athĩnjĩri-Ngai a Jehova. 41:4 Gũcook 12:17-18; Kĩam 29:34Rĩrĩa rĩothe mũthenya wa Elikana wakinyaga wa kũruta igongona-rĩ, nĩagayagĩra mũtumia wake Penina nyama, hamwe na aanake ake othe o na airĩtu. 5No nĩaheaga Hana rũgai maita meerĩ, tondũ nĩamwendete, nowe Jehova nĩamũhingĩte nda. 6Na tondũ Jehova nĩamũhingĩte nda-rĩ, mũiruwe nĩaikaraga akĩmũthirĩkagia nĩguo amũngʼũrĩkie. 71:7 2Sam 12:17; Thab 102:4Naguo ũndũ ũcio ũgĩthiĩ na mbere mwaka o mwaka. Rĩrĩa rĩothe Hana aambataga athiĩ nyũmba ya Jehova-rĩ, mũiruwe nĩamũthirĩkagia nginya akarĩra, akaaga kũrĩa irio. 81:8 Ruth 4:15Nake Elikana mũthuuriwe akamũũria atĩrĩ, “Hana, ũrarĩra nĩkĩ? Ũraaga kũrĩa nĩkĩ? Ũkuĩte ngoro nĩkĩ? Githĩ niĩ ndikĩrĩte ihĩĩ ikũmi harĩwe?”
91:9 1Sam 3:3Hĩndĩ ĩmwe maarĩkia kũrĩa na kũnyua marĩ kũu Shilo-rĩ, Hana agĩũkĩra. Na rĩrĩ, Eli, mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai, aikarĩire gĩtĩ itoonyero rĩa hekarũ ya Jehova. 101:10 Ayub 3:20; Jer 20:18; Isa 38:15Hana akĩrĩra mũno na akĩhooya Jehova, arĩ na ruo rwa ngoro. 111:11 Ndar 6:1-21; Atiir 13:5Nake akĩĩhĩta mwĩhĩtwa, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Wee Jehova Mwene-Hinya-Wothe, ũngĩĩtĩkĩra kũrora thĩĩna wa ndungata yaku na ũndirikane, na ndũkariganĩrwo nĩ ndungata yaku, no ũmĩhe mwana wa kahĩĩ-rĩ, hĩndĩ ĩyo na niĩ nĩngamũheana kũrĩ Jehova matukũ mothe ma muoyo wake, na gũtirĩ hĩndĩ rwenji rũkaahutia mũtwe wake o na rĩ.”
12Na rĩrĩa aathiiaga na mbere kũhooya Jehova, Eli akĩmũbara kanua. 13Hana aahooyaga na ngoro yake, nacio iromo ciake nĩciainainaga, no mũgambo wake ndwaiguĩkaga. Eli agĩĩciiria atĩ nĩ kũrĩĩo arĩĩtwo, 14akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Nĩ nginya rĩ ũgũikara ũrĩ mũrĩĩu? Eheria ndibei ĩyo yaku.”
151:15 Thab 62:8; Maca 2:19Hana akĩmũcookeria, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Tiguo mwathi wakwa, niĩ ndĩ mũndũ-wa-nja ũthĩĩnĩkĩte mũno. Ndinyuĩte ndibei kana njoohi; no nĩ ngoro yakwa ndĩraitũrũrĩra Jehova. 16Tiga kuona ndungata yaku ta ĩrĩ mũndũ-wa-nja mwaganu; ngoretwo gũkũ ngĩhooya ndĩ na ruo rũingĩ o na kĩeha.”
171:17 2Ath 4:27; Thab 20:3-5; Ndar 6:26; 1Sam 20:42Eli akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Thiĩ na thayũ, na Ngai wa Isiraeli aroĩtĩkĩra gũkũhe kĩrĩa ũmũhooete.”
181:18 Kĩam 18:3; Arom 15:13Nake akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ndungata yaku ĩroĩtĩkĩrĩka maitho-inĩ maku.” Nake Hana agĩthiĩ na akĩrĩa irio, na ndaacookire gũtuka gĩthiithi.
19Magĩũkĩra mũthenya ũyũ ũngĩ rũciinĩ tene, makĩhooya marĩ mbere ya Jehova, na magĩcooka magĩthiĩ kwao mũciĩ kũu Rama. Elikana agĩkoma na Hana mũtumia wake, nake Jehova akĩmũririkana. 20Nĩ ũndũ ũcio ihinda rĩgĩkinya Hana akĩgĩa nda na agĩciara kahĩĩ. Agĩgatua Samũeli, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩgũkorwo nĩ kũhooya ndakahooire harĩ Jehova.”
Hana Kũheana Samũeli kũrĩ Jehova
211:21 1Sam 1:3; Ndar 30:2; Kĩam 28:20; Gũcook 12:11Rĩrĩa mũndũ ũcio wetagwo Elikana aambatire hamwe na nyũmba yake yothe kũrutĩra Jehova igongona rĩa mwaka o mwaka na akahingie mwĩhĩtwa wake-rĩ, 221:22 Thaam 13:2; Luk 2:22Hana ndaathiire. Eerire mũthuuriwe atĩrĩ, “Kahĩĩ gaka gaatiga kuonga-rĩ, nĩngagatwara na ndĩkaneane kũrĩ Jehova,1:22 Ciana ciatigaga kuonga irĩ na mĩaka ĩtatũ kana makĩria. na gagaatũũraga kũu hĩndĩ ciothe.”
23Mũthuuriwe Elikana akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Ĩka o ũrĩa ũkuona kwagĩrĩire. Ikara gũkũ o nginya rĩrĩa gagaatiga kuonga; we Jehova arotũma kiugo gĩake kĩhinge.” Nĩ ũndũ ũcio mũndũ-wa-nja ũcio agĩikara mũciĩ na agĩkongithia nginya rĩrĩa aagatigithirie kuonga.
24Gaatiga kuonga, Hana akĩoya kahĩĩ kau o karĩ kanini, hamwe na ndegwa ya mĩaka ĩtatũ, na eba ĩmwe1:24 nĩ ta kilo 22 ya mũtu, na gĩtete kĩa ndibei agĩgatwara nyũmba ya Jehova kũu Shilo. 25Maarĩkia gũthĩnja ndegwa-rĩ, magĩtwara kahĩĩ kau kũrĩ Eli, 26Nake Hana akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Ti-itherũ o ta ũrĩa wee mwathi wakwa ũtũũraga muoyo-rĩ, nĩ niĩ mũndũ-wa-nja ũrĩa warũgamĩte haha hakuhĩ nawe akĩhooya Jehova. 271:27 1Sam 2:20; Thab 66:19-20Ndahooire heo kahĩĩ gaka, nake Jehova nĩetĩkĩrĩte kũũhe kĩrĩa ndamũhooire. 28Tondũ ũcio o na niĩ nĩndakaamũrĩra Jehova. Matukũ mothe marĩa gegũtũũra muoyo-rĩ, gegũtũũra kaamũrĩirwo Jehova.” Nake akĩhooya Jehova arĩ o hau.