New International Version

1 Samuel 1

The Birth of Samuel

1There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite[a] 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. He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.

Year 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. Whenever 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. But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This 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. Her 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?”

Once 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. 10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 And 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.”

12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and 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. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.

19 Early 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. 20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,[b] saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”

Hannah Dedicates Samuel

21 When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfill his vow, 22 Hannah 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.”[c]

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 his[d] word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.

24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull,[e] an ephah[f] of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. 25 When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli, 26 and 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. 27 I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 28 So 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.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 1:1 See Septuagint and 1 Chron. 6:26-27,33-35; or from Ramathaim Zuphim.
  2. 1 Samuel 1:20 Samuel sounds like the Hebrew for heard by God.
  3. 1 Samuel 1:22 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls always. I have dedicated him as a Nazirite—all the days of his life.”
  4. 1 Samuel 1:23 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac your
  5. 1 Samuel 1:24 Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac; Masoretic Text with three bulls
  6. 1 Samuel 1:24 That is, probably about 36 pounds or about 16 kilograms

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

撒母耳記上 1

撒母耳的出生

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。」

他便在那裡敬拜耶和華。

Footnotes

  1. 1·11 參見民數記6章。