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 (Traditional)

撒母耳記上 1


1有一個以法蓮人名叫以利加拿,住在以法蓮山區的拉瑪·瑣非城。他是蘇弗的玄孫、托戶的曾孫、以利戶的孫子、耶羅罕的兒子。 他有兩個妻子,一個叫哈娜,一個叫毗尼娜。毗尼娜有兒有女,哈娜卻無兒無女。

以利加拿每年都從家鄉到示羅去敬拜萬軍之耶和華,獻上祭物。當時以利的兩個兒子何弗尼和非尼哈在那裡做耶和華的祭司。 每當獻完祭後,以利加拿就會把祭肉分給毗尼娜和她的兒女。 但他會給哈娜雙份祭肉,因為他愛哈娜,雖然耶和華使她不能生育。 毗尼娜見她不能生育,便常常羞辱她、氣她。 每年來到耶和華的殿時,毗尼娜總是惹她傷心哭泣,以致她吃不下飯。 她的丈夫以利加拿對她說:「哈娜,你為什麼哭?為什麼不吃飯?為什麼心裡難過?有我不是比有十個兒子更好嗎?」

一天,他們在示羅吃完飯後,哈娜起來禱告。當時,祭司以利正坐在耶和華殿門口的座位上。 10 哈娜心中愁苦,一邊禱告一邊傷心地哭泣。 11 她向上帝許願說:「萬軍之耶和華啊,如果你眷顧婢女的痛苦,不忘記婢女,賜給婢女一個兒子,我必讓他終生事奉你,永不剃他的頭[a]。」 12 哈娜在耶和華面前禱告,以利注視著她的嘴唇。 13 哈娜在心中默禱,只動嘴唇,不出聲音,以利以為她喝醉了, 14 便對她說:「你要醉到什麼時候呢?醒醒酒吧!」 15 哈娜答道:「我主啊,我沒有喝醉,我淡酒和烈酒都沒有喝。我是心裡非常愁苦,在耶和華面前傾訴心事。 16 請不要以為我是墮落的女人,我心中非常悲傷痛苦,所以一直在禱告。」 17 以利說:「你安心地回去吧,願以色列的上帝答應你的祈求。」 18 哈娜說:「謝謝你恩待婢女。」於是,她就去吃飯,不再愁容滿面了。

19 第二天,以利加拿一家清早起來敬拜耶和華,然後回到自己的家鄉拉瑪。以利加拿與哈娜同房,耶和華顧念哈娜, 20 使她懷孕。她後來生了一個兒子,給孩子取名叫撒母耳,因為她說:「他是我向耶和華求來的。」

21 第二年,以利加拿帶全家人前往示羅,向耶和華獻年祭並還所許的願。 22 哈娜沒有跟他們同去,她告訴丈夫說:「孩子斷奶以後,我會把他帶去獻給耶和華,讓他永遠住在那裡。」 23 以利加拿說:「就依你的意思吧。願耶和華成就祂的應許。」於是,她就留在家中哺養孩子,直到孩子斷奶。 24 孩子斷奶以後,她就把他帶到示羅耶和華的殿,並帶去三頭公牛、十公斤麵粉和一袋酒。 25 他們宰了一頭公牛後,就把孩子帶到以利面前。 26 哈娜說:「我主啊,我敢在你面前起誓,我就是那一次站在你這裡向耶和華祈求的婦人。 27 我求耶和華賜給我一個孩子,祂應允了我的祈求。 28 現在,我將他獻給耶和華,讓他終身事奉耶和華。」


Notas al pie

  1. 1·11 參見民數記6章。