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. 2Yalina abakyala babiri, omu nga ye Kaana; n’omulala nga ye Penina. Penina yalina abaana, naye Kaana nga mugumba.
3Buli mwaka omusajja oyo yayambukanga okuva mu kibuga ky’ewaabwe okugenda okusinza n’okuwaayo ssaddaaka eri Mukama ow’Eggye e Siiro1:3 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). Eyo Kofuni ne Finekaasi batabani ba Eri gye baawererezanga nga bakabona ba Mukama Katonda. 4Awo olunaku olw’okuwaayo ssaddaaka bwe lwatuuka, Erukaana, n’awa Penina ne batabani be, ne bawala be emigabo egy’ennyama. 5Naye Kaana n’amuwa emigabo ebiri kubanga yamwagala nnyo, newaakubadde nga Mukama Katonda yali tamuwadde mwana. 6Era kubanga Mukama Katonda yali tamuwadde mwana, muggya we n’amucoccanga. 7Ebyo byabangawo buli mwaka, era bwe baayambukanga okugenda mu yeekaalu ya Mukama, muggya we n’amujoogerezanga okutuusa lwe yakaabanga, n’okulya n’atalya. 8Bba Erukaana n’amubuuza nti, “Kaana, okaabiranga ki? Lwaki tolya? Kiki ekikweraliikiriza? Nze sikusingira abaana ekkumi?”
9Lwali lumu bwe baali bamaze okulya n’okunywa e Siiro, Eri yali atudde ku ntebe okumpi n’omulyango gwa yeekaalu1:9 Yeekaalu eyogerwako wano ye Weema ey’Okukuŋŋaanirangamu, Kaana n’asituka n’agenda mu maaso ga Mukama Katonda. 10Mu kulumwa olw’ennaku ennyingi ennyo, n’akaaba nnyo amaziga ng’asaba Mukama Katonda. 11Ne 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.”
12Awo Kaana bwe yeeyongera okusaba ennyo eri Mukama Katonda, Eri ne yeekaliriza akamwa ke. 13Kaana yali asaba mu kasirise, ng’emimwa gye ginyeenya, naye nga eddoboozi lye teriwulikika. Eri n’alowooza nti atamidde. 14Eri kyeyava amugamba nti, “Olikomya ddi okujjanga wano ng’otamidde? Ggyawo ettamiiro lyo.”
15Naye 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. 16Omuweereza wo tomulowooza okuba omukazi ow’ekyejjo, kubanga mbadde nsindira Mukama ennaku n’obuyinike bwange.”
17Awo Eri n’amuddamu nti, “Genda mirembe. Katonda wa Isirayiri akuwe ekyo ky’omusabye.” 18N’ayogera nti, “Omuweereza wo alabe ekisa mu maaso go.” Oluvannyuma ne yeetambulira, n’alya ku mmere, n’atandika okutunula n’essanyu. 19Awo 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. 20Kaana n’aba olubuto n’azaala omwana wabulenzi. N’amutuuma erinnya Samwiri, amakulu gaalyo, “Kubanga namusaba Mukama Katonda.”
Kaana Awonga Samwiri
21Awo Erukaana n’ayambuka n’ab’ennyumba ye okugenda okuwaayo ssaddaaka eri Mukama Katonda n’okutuukiriza obweyamo bwe. 22Naye Kaana teyagenda nabo. N’agamba bba nti, “Omwana bw’aliva ku mabeere1:22 Abaana baavanga ku mabeere nga wayiseewo emyaka esatu oba oluusi n’okusingawo, ndimutwala ne mulagayo eri Mukama Katonda, era alibeera eyo ennaku ze zonna.”
23Erukaana 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.
24Bwe 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. 25Bwe baamala okusala emu ku nte, ne batwala omwana eri Eri. 26Kaana n’ayogera nti, “Nga bw’oli omulamu mukama wange, nze mukyala oli eyayimirira okumpi naawe, ne nsaba Mukama Katonda. 27Namusaba omwana ono, era Mukama Katonda ampadde kye namusaba. 28Kaakano mmuwaayo eri Mukama, era obulamu bwe bwonna aweereddwayo eri Mukama Katonda.” Omwana n’asinzizanga Mukama Katonda eyo.
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 favour 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 worshipped 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 fulfil 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 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 shall be given over to the Lord.’ And he worshipped the Lord there.