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1:1

Helkana at Selom


1:1 There was a man of Armathaim Sipha, of mount Ephraim, and his name was "Helkana," a son of Jeremeel the son of Elias the son of Thoke, in Nasib Ephraim.

1:2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was "Anna," and the name of the second "Phennana." And Phennana had children, but Anna had no child.

1:3 And the man went up from year to year from his city, from Armathaim, to worship and sacrifice to the Lord God of Sabaoth at Selom: and there were Heli and his two sons Ophni and Phinees, the priests of the Lord.

1:4 And the day came, and Helkana sacrificed, and gave portions to his wife Phennana and her children.

1:5 And to Anna he gave a prime portion, because she had no child, only Helkana loved Anna more than the other; but the Lord had closed her womb.

1:6 For the Lord gave her no child in her affliction, and according to the despondency of her affliction; and she was dispirited on this account, that the Lord shut up her womb so as not to give her a child.

1:7 So she did year by year, in going up to the House of the Lord; and she was dispirited, and wept, and did not eat.

Anna's vow

1:8 And Helkana her husband said to her, "Anna:" and she said to him, "Here am I, my lord:" and he said to her, "What ails thee that thou weepest? And why dost thou not eat? And why doth thy heart smite thee? Am I not better to thee than ten children?"

1:9 And Anna rose up after they had eaten in Selom, and stood before the Lord: and Heli the priest was on a seat by the threshold of the temple of the Lord.

1:10 And she was very much grieved in spirit, and prayed to the Lord, and wept abundantly.

1:11 And she vowed a vow to the Lord, saying, "O Lord God of Sabaoth, if thou wilt indeed look upon the humiliation of thy slave, and remember me, and give to thy slave a man-child, then will I indeed dedicate him to thee till the day of his death; and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and no razor shall come upon his head."

1:12 And it came to pass, while she was long praying before the Lord, that Heli the priest marked her mouth.

1:13 And she was speaking in her heart, and her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: and Heli accounted her a drunken woman.

1:14 And the slave of Heli said to her, "How long wilt thou be drunken? Take away thy wine from thee, and go out from the presence of the Lord."

1:15 And Anna answered and said, "Nay, my lord, I live in a hard day, and I have not drunk wine or strong drink, and I pour out my soul before the Lord.

1:16 Count not thy slave for a pestilent woman, for by reason of the abundance of mine importunity I have continued my prayer until now."

1:17 And Heli answered and said to her, "Go in peace: the God of Israel give thee all thy petition, which thou hast asked of Him."

1:18 And she said, "Thy slave hath found favour in thine eyes:" and the woman went her way, and entered into her lodging, and ate and drank with her husband, and her face was no more sad.

Birth and dedication of Samuel

1:19 And they rise early in the morning, and venerate the Lord, and they go their way: and Helkana went into his house at Armathaim, and knew his wife Anna; and the Lord remembered her, and she conceived.

1:20 And it came to pass when the time was come, that she brought forth a son, and called his name "Samuel," and said, "Because I asked him of the Lord God of Sabaoth."

1:21 And the man Helkana and all his house went up to offer in Selom the yearly sacrifice, and his vows, and all the tithes of his land.

1:22 But Anna did not go up with him, for she said to her husband, "I will not go up until the child goeth up, when I have weaned him, and he shall be presented before the Lord, and he shall abide there continually."

1:23 And Helkana her husband said to her, "Do that which is good in thine eyes, abide still until thou shalt have weaned him; but may the Lord establish that which cometh out of thy mouth:" and the woman tarried, and suckled her son until she had weaned him.

1:24 And she went up with him to Selom with a calf of three years old, and loaves, and an ephah of fine flour, and a bottle of wine: and she entered into the House of the Lord in Selom, and the child with them.

1:25 And they brought him before the Lord; and his father slew his offering which he offered from year to year to the Lord; and he brought near the child, and slew the calf; and Anna the mother of the child brought him to Heli.

1:26 And she said, "I pray thee, my lord, as thy soul liveth, I am the woman that stood in thy presence with thee while praying to the Lord.

1:27 For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my request that I asked of Him.

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