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 favor 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 worshiped 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 fulfill 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 36 pounds or 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 will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.
1Na ɔbarima bi firi Ramataim-Sofim a ɛwɔ Efraim bepɔ asase so a ne din de Elkana. Na Elkana yi yɛ Yeroham babarima ne Elihu nana nso. Na wɔfiri Tohu fie, a ɛwɔ Suf abusua mu. 2Na Elkana wɔ yerenom baanu. Na wɔn din de Hana ne Penina. Na Penina wɔ mma. Hana deɛ, na ɔnni ba.
3Afe biara, na Elkana ne nʼabusuafoɔ kɔ Silo kɔsom, bɔ afɔdeɛ ma Otumfoɔ Awurade wɔ Awurade fie. Na Eli mmammarima baanu a wɔn din de Hofni ne Pinehas na wɔyɛ Awurade asɔfoɔ wɔ hɔ saa ɛberɛ no. 4Da biara a Elkana bɛba abɛbɔ afɔdeɛ no, ɔde ɛnam no mu nkyɛmu bi ma ne yere Penina ne ne mma no mu biara. 5Nanso, Hana deɛ, na ne kyɛfa yɛ soronko, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔdɔ no yie, ɛwom sɛ na Awurade mmaa no mma. 6Nanso na Awurade ato nʼawodeɛ mu enti, na Penina di ne ho fɛw. 7Na saa asɛm yi kɔɔ so afe biara. Ɛberɛ biara a wɔbɛkɔ Awurade fie no, Penina bɔ Hana akutia. Na yei ma Hana su na ɔnnidi mpo. 8Ɛba saa a, ne kunu Elkana bisa no sɛ, “Hana, ɛdeɛn asɛm? Adɛn enti na wonnidie? Adɛn enti na wo werɛ ahoɔ, sɛ wonni mma nti? Mensom bo mma wo, nsen sɛ anka wowɔ mmammarima edu mpo?”
Hana Bɔ Mpaeɛ Sɛ Ɔpɛ Ɔba
9Ɛda koro bi na wɔwɔ Silo no, Hana firii adi anwummerɛ bi a wɔadidi awie sɛ ɔrekɔ Awurade fie akɔbɔ mpaeɛ. Na ɔsɔfoɔ Eli te baabi a ɔtena daa wɔ Awurade fie ɛpono ano hɔ. 10Hana firi awerɛhoɔ a ano yɛ den mu suiɛ, ɛberɛ a na ɔrebɔ Awurade mpaeɛ. 11Na ɔhyɛɛ bɔ sɛ, “Ao Awurade Otumfoɔ, sɛ wobɛhwɛ wo ɔsomfoɔ awerɛhoɔdie so, na wotie me mpaeɛbɔ ma me ɔbabarima a, ɛnneɛ mede no bɛsane ama wo. Ne nna a ɔbɛdi nyinaa ɔbɛyɛ wo dea. Deɛ ɛbɛyɛ adansedie sɛ wɔde no ama Awurade ne sɛ wɔremfa yiwan nka ne ti da.”
12Ɔgu so rebɔ Awurade mpaeɛ no, na Eli rehwɛ no. 13Ɔhunuu sɛ ɔrebesebese nʼano, nanso ɔnte nne biara no, Eli susuu sɛ wanom nsã. 14Ɔbisaa no sɛ, “Ɛsɛ sɛ woba ha ɛberɛ a waboro nsã anaa? Ma wʼani nna hɔ!”
15Na Hana buaa sɛ, “Dabi, me wura, memmoroo nsã, na mmom, me werɛ na aho enti na mereka mʼahiasɛm akyerɛ Awurade. 16Mesrɛ wo, mfa no sɛ meyɛ ɔbaa omumuyɛfoɔ. Na anibereɛ ne awerɛhoɔ so na merebɔ mpaeɛ.”
17Ɛnna Eli kaa sɛ, “Sɛ saa na ɛte deɛ a, ma wʼani nnye! Israel Onyankopɔn nyɛ wʼabisadeɛ mma wo.”
18Hana teaam sɛ, “Meda wo ase, awura!” Ɔsane kɔ kɔdidiiɛ, na wanni awerɛhoɔ bio.
Wɔwoo Samuel De No Maa Onyankopɔn
19Adeɛ kyee anɔpahema no, efie no mu nnipa sɔre kɔsom Awurade bio. Afei, wɔsane kɔɔ Rama. Ɛberɛ a Elkana de ne ho kaa Hana no, Awurade kaee Hana adebisa no, 20na anni da bi, ɔwoo ɔbabarima. Ɔtoo no edin Samuel na ɔkaa sɛ, “Mebisaa no firii Awurade nkyɛn.”
21Afe akyi no, Elkana, Penina, ne wɔn mma kɔɔ sɛ wɔrekɔbɔ afirinhyia afɔdeɛ ama Awurade. 22Hana ankɔ bi. Ɔka kyerɛɛ ne kunu sɛ, “Sɛ abɔfra no twa nufoɔ a, mede no bɛkɔ Awurade fie na makɔgya no hɔ ama Awurade afebɔɔ.”
23Elkana kaa sɛ, “Deɛ wogye di sɛ ɛyɛ ma wo biara no, yɛ. Tena ha ansa na Awurade mmoa wo mma wonni wo bɔhyɛ so.” Enti ɔbaa no tenaa fie hwɛɛ ne babarima no.
24Ɔtwaa no nufoɔ wieeɛ no, ɔde no kɔɔ Awurade asɔrefie wɔ Silo. Wɔde nantwinini a wadi mfeɛ mmiɛnsa ne esiam lita dunsia ne bobesa kakra baeɛ. 25Wɔde nantwinini no bɔɔ afɔdeɛ wieeɛ no, wɔde abɔfra no brɛɛ Eli. 26Hana bisaa no sɛ, “Owura wokae me anaa? Me wura, me ne ɔbaa a ɔbɛgyinaa ha mfeɛ bebree ni bɔɔ Awurade mpaeɛ no. 27Mebɔɔ saa abɔfra yi ho mpaeɛ, na Awurade ayɛ mʼabisadeɛ ama me. 28Enti, seesei, mede abɔfra yi rema Awurade. Ne nkwa nna nyinaa, ɔbɛyɛ Awurade dea.” Na wɔsomm Awurade wɔ hɔ.