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.

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