New Living Translation

1 Samuel 1

Elkanah and His Family

1There was a man named Elkanah who lived in Ramah in the region of Zuph[a] in the hill country of Ephraim. He was the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, of Ephraim. Elkanah had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah did not.

Each year Elkanah would travel to Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies at the Tabernacle. The priests of the Lord at that time were the two sons of Eli—Hophni and Phinehas. On the days Elkanah presented his sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to Peninnah and each of her children. And though he loved Hannah, he would give her only one choice portion[b] because the Lord had given her no children. So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the Lord had kept her from having children. Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle.[c] Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat.

“Why are you crying, Hannah?” Elkanah would ask. “Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me—isn’t that better than having ten sons?”

Hannah’s Prayer for a Son

Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle.[d] 10 Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord. 11 And she made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.[e]

12 As she was praying to the Lord, Eli watched her. 13 Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking. 14 “Must you come here drunk?” he demanded. “Throw away your wine!”

15 “Oh no, sir!” she replied. “I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord. 16 Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.”

17 “In that case,” Eli said, “go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.”

18 “Oh, thank you, sir!” she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad.

Samuel’s Birth and Dedication

19 The entire family got up early the next morning and went to worship the Lord once more. Then they returned home to Ramah. When Elkanah slept with Hannah, the Lord remembered her plea, 20 and in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,[f] for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.”

21 The next year Elkanah and his family went on their annual trip to offer a sacrifice to the Lord and to keep his vow. 22 But Hannah did not go. She told her husband, “Wait until the boy is weaned. Then I will take him to the Tabernacle and leave him there with the Lord permanently.[g]

23 “Whatever you think is best,” Elkanah agreed. “Stay here for now, and may the Lord help you keep your promise.[h]” So she stayed home and nursed the boy until he was weaned.

24 When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in Shiloh. They brought along a three-year-old bull[i] for the sacrifice and a basket[j] of flour and some wine. 25 After sacrificing the bull, they brought the boy to Eli. 26 “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. 27 I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. 28 Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they[k] worshiped the Lord there.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads in Ramathaim-zophim; compare 1:19.
  2. 1:5 Or And because he loved Hannah, he would give her a choice portion. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  3. 1:7 Hebrew the house of the Lord; also in 1:24.
  4. 1:9 Hebrew the Temple of the Lord.
  5. 1:11 Some manuscripts add He will drink neither wine nor intoxicants.
  6. 1:20 Samuel sounds like the Hebrew term for “asked of God” or “heard by God.”
  7. 1:22 Some manuscripts add I will offer him as a Nazirite for all time.
  8. 1:23 As in Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version; Masoretic Text reads may the Lord keep his promise.
  9. 1:24a As in Dead Sea Scrolls, Greek and Syriac versions; Masoretic Text reads three bulls.
  10. 1:24b Hebrew and an ephah [20 quarts or 22 liters].
  11. 1:28 Hebrew he.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

撒母耳记上 1

撒母耳的出生

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。”

他便在那里敬拜耶和华。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:11 参见民数记6章。