The Birth of Samuel
1There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite1:1 See Septuagint and 1 Chron. 6:26-27,33-35; or from Ramathaim Zuphim. from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.
3Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord. 4Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. 6Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 7This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”
9Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. 10In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”
12As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”
15“Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. 16Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”
17Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”
18She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.
19Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. 20So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,1:20 Samuel sounds like the Hebrew for heard by God. saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”
Hannah Dedicates Samuel
21When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfill his vow, 22Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the Lord, and he will live there always.”1:22 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls always. I have dedicated him as a Nazirite—all the days of his life.”
23“Do what seems best to you,” her husband Elkanah told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the Lord make good his1:23 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac your word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.
24After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull,1:24 Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac; Masoretic Text with three bulls an ephah1:24 That is, probably about 36 pounds or about 16 kilograms of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. 25When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli, 26and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 28So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.
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.