Ang Kapanganakan ni Samuel
1May isang lalaking mula sa angkan ni Zuf na ang pangalan ay Elkana. Nakatira siya sa Rama, sa maburol na lupain ng Efraim. Anak siya ni Jeroham na anak ni Elihu. Si Elihu ay anak naman ni Tohu na anak ni Zuf, na mula sa lahi ni Efraim. 2Si Elkana ay may dalawang asawa. Sila ay sina Hanna at Penina. May mga anak si Penina pero si Hanna ay wala.
3Taun-taon, pumupunta si Elkana at ang sambahayan niya sa Shilo upang sumamba at maghandog sa Panginoong Makapangyarihan. Ang dalawang anak ni Eli na sina Hofni at Finehas ang mga pari ng Panginoon sa Shilo. 4Sa tuwing maghahandog si Elkana, hinahati niya ang ibang bahagi ng kanyang handog para kay Penina at sa mga anak niya. 5Pero doble ang bahagi na ibinibigay niya kay Hanna dahil mahal niya ito kahit hindi siya nagkakaanak, dahil ginawa siyang baog ng Dios. 6At dahil hindi nga siya magkaanak, lagi siyang iniinis at hinihiya ni Penina na kanyang karibal. 7Ganito ang laging nangyayari taun-taon. Sa tuwing pupunta si Hanna sa bahay ng Panginoon, iniinis siya ni Penina hanggang sa umiyak na lang siya at hindi na kumain. 8Sinasabi ni Elkana sa kanya, “Bakit ka umiiyak? Bakit ayaw mong kumain? Bakit ka malungkot? Mas mahalaga ba para sa iyo ang sampung anak kaysa sa akin?”
9-10Minsan, pagkatapos nilang kumain sa bahay ng Panginoon sa Shilo, tumayo si Hanna at nanalangin nang umiiyak dahil sa labis na kalungkutan. Nakaupo noon ang pari na si Eli sa may pintuan ng bahay ng Panginoon.1:9-10 bahay ng Panginoon: sa Hebreo, templo ng Panginoon. 11Nangako si Hanna sa Panginoon. Sinabi niya, “O Panginoong Makapangyarihan, tingnan po ninyo ang aking paghihirap. Alalahanin ninyo ang inyong lingkod at huwag ninyo akong kalimutan. Kung bibigyan nʼyo po ako ng isang anak na lalaki, ihahandog ko siya sa inyo para maglingkod sa inyo sa buong buhay niya. At bilang tanda nang lubos niyang pagsunod sa inyo, hindi ko po pagugupitan ang kanyang buhok.”
12-13Habang patuloy siyang nananalangin sa Panginoon, nakita ni Eli na bumubuka ang bibig ni Hanna pero hindi naririnig ang kanyang boses. Inakala ni Eli na lasing si Hanna, 14kaya sinabi niya sa kanya, “Hanggang kailan ka maglalasing? Tigilan mo na ang pag-inom!” 15Sumagot si Hanna, “Hindi po ako lasing, at hindi po ako nakainom ng kahit anong klase ng inumin. Ibinubuhos ko lang po sa Panginoon ang paghihirap na aking nararamdaman. 16Huwag po ninyong isipin na masama akong babae. Nananalangin po ako rito dahil sa labis na kalungkutan.”
17Sinabi ni Eli, “Sige, umuwi kang mapayapa. Sanaʼy ipagkaloob ng Dios ng Israel ang hinihiling mo sa kanya.” 18Sumagot si Hanna, “Salamat po sa kabutihan ninyo sa akin.” Pagkatapos ay umalis na siya at kumain, at nawala na ang lungkot sa kanyang mukha.
19Kinabukasan, maagang bumangon si Elkana at ang kanyang pamilya, at silaʼy sumamba sa Panginoon. Pagkatapos ay umuwi sila sa bahay nila sa Rama. Sinipingan ni Elkana si Hanna at sinagot ng Panginoon ang panalangin ni Hanna na bigyan siya ng anak. 20At dumating ang panahon na nagbuntis siya at nanganak ng isang lalaki. Pinangalanan niya itong Samuel,1:20 Samuel: Maaaring ang ibig sabihin, dininig ng Dios. dahil sinabi niya, “Hiningi ko siya sa Panginoon.”
Inihandog ni Hanna si Samuel
21Muling dumating ang panahon na si Elkana at ang buo niyang pamilya ay maghahandog sa Panginoon gaya ng ginagawa nila taun-taon. Ito rin ang panahon na maghahandog siya bilang pagtupad sa panata niya sa Panginoon. 22Pero hindi sumama si Hanna. Sinabi niya sa kanyang asawa, “Kapag naawat na ang sanggol sa pagsuso sa akin, dadalhin ko siya sa bahay ng Panginoon para ihandog sa kanya. Doon na siya titira sa buong buhay niya.” 23Sumagot si Elkana, “Gawin mo kung ano ang sa tingin moʼy mabuti. Dito ka na lang muna hanggang sa maawat mo na ang sanggol. Tulungan ka sana ng Panginoon na matupad ang ipinangako mo sa kanya.” Kaya nagpaiwan si Hanna at inalagaan ang kanyang anak.
24Nang maawat na ang bata, dinala siya ni Hanna sa bahay ng Panginoon sa Shilo. Nagdala rin siya ng tatlong taong gulang na toro, kalahating sako ng harina at katas ng ubas na nakalagay sa balat na sisidlan. 25Matapos katayin ang toro, dinala nila si Samuel kay Eli. 26Sinabi ni Hanna kay Eli, “Kung natatandaan nʼyo po, ako ang babaeng tumayo rito noon na nanalangin sa Panginoon. 27Hiningi ko po ang batang ito sa Panginoon at ibinigay niya ang kahilingan ko. 28Kaya ngayon, ihahandog ko po siya sa Panginoon. Maglilingkod po ang batang ito sa Panginoon sa buong buhay niya.” Pagkatapos ay sumamba sila sa1:28 sila sa: o, siya sa. Panginoon.
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.