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CHAPTER 1. | upon a seat by a post of the temple
Elkanah and his two wives worship vearly at / of the LORD.

Shiloh. 9 Hannah prayeth for a child and 10 And she was in bitterness of
maketh a vou. 19 Having borne Samuel, 24
she presenleth him unto the LORD, according

soul, and prayed unto the LORD, to her vor.

and wept sore. NOW there was a certain man of 11 And she vowed a vow, and said, W Ramathaim-zophim, of mount O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed Ephraim, and his name was Elka- look on the affliction of thine handnah, the son of Jeroham, the son of maid, and remember me, and not forElihu, the son of Tohu, the son of get thine handmaid, but wilt give Zuph, an Ephrathite:

unto thine handmaid a man child; 2 And he had two wives; the name then I will give him unto the LORD of the one was Hannah, and the name all the days of his life, and there of the other Peninnah: and Penin- shall no razor come upon his head. nah had children, but Hannah had 12 And it came to pass, as she conno children.

tinued praying before the LORD, that 3 And this man went up out of his Eli marked her mouth. city yearly to worship and to sacri- | 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her fice unto the Lord of hosts in Shi- heart; only her lips moved, but her loh. And the two sons of Eli, Hoph- voice was not heard: therefore Eli ni and Phinehas, the priests of the thought she had been drunken. LORD, were there.

| 14 And Eli said unto her, How 4 And when the time was that long wilt thou be drunken? put Elkanah offered, he gave to Penin- away thy wine from thee. nah his wife, and to all her sons 15 And Hannah answered and said, and her daughters, portions: No, my lord, I am a woman of a sor

5 But unto Hannah he gave a rowful spirit: I have drunk neither worthy portion ; for he loved Han- wine nor strong drink, but have pournah: but the Lord had shut up hered out my soul before the LORD. womb.

1 16 Count not thine handmaid for 6 And her adversary also provoked | a daughter of Belial: for out of the her sore, for to make her fret, because abundance of my complaint and the LORD had shut up her womb. grief have I spoken hitherto.

7 And as he did so year by year, 17 Then Eli answered and said,
when she went up to the house of Go in peace: and the God of Israel
the LORD,so she provoked her; there- grant thee thy petition that thou
fore she wept, and did not eat. I hast asked of him.
8 Then said Elkanah her husband 18 And she said, Let thine hand-
to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? maid find grace in thy sight. So the
and why eatest thou not? and why I woman went her way, and did eat,
is thy heart grieved ? am not I bet- and her countenance was no more
ter to thee than ten sons?

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99 So Hannah rose up after they | 19 | And they rose up in the morn-
had eaten in Shiloh, and after they fing early, and worshipped before the
had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat | Lord, and returned, and came to

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The sin of Eli's sons. I. SAMUEL. 'Their doom foretold
the fleshhook brought up the priest of their father, because the LORD
took for himself. So they did in would slay them.
Shiloh unto all the Israelites that 26 And the child Samuel grew on,
came thither.

and was in favour both with the
15 Also before they burnt the fat, LORD, and also with men.
the priest's servant came, and said 27 T And there came a man of
to the man that sacrificed, Give God unto Eli, and said unto him,
flesh to roast for the priest; for he Thus saith the LORD, Did I plainly
will not have sodden flesh of thee, appear unto the house of thy father,
but raw.

when they were in Egypt in Pha16 And if any man said unto him, I raoh's house ? Let them not fail to burn the fat 28 And did I choose him out of all presently, and then take as much as the tribes of Israel to be my priesto thy soul desireth; then he would to offer upon mine altar, to burn inanswer him, Nay; but thou shalt | cense, to wear an ephod before me? give it me now: and if not, I will and did I give unto the house of thy take it by force.

father all the offerings made by fire 17 Wherefore the sin of the young of the children of Israel? men was very great before the LORD: 29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifor men abhorred the offering of the fice and at mine offering, which I LORD.

have commanded in my habitation ; 18 ( But Samuel ministered be- and honourest thy sons above me, to fore the Lord, being a child, girded make yourselves fat with the chiefwith a linen ephod.

est of all the offerings of Israel my 19 Moreover his mother made him people ? a little coat, and brought it to him 30 Wherefore the LORD God of from year to year, when she came Israel saith, I said indeed that thy up with her husband to offer the house, and the house of thy father, yearly sacrifice.

should walk before me for ever: but 20 And Eli blessed Elkanah and now the LORD saith, Be it far from his wife, and said, The LORD give me; for them that honour me I will thee seed of this woman for the loan honour, and they that despise me which is lent to the LORD. And they shall be lightly esteemed. . went unto their own home. | 31 Behold, the days come, that I

21 And the LORD visited Hannah, will cut off thine arm, and the arm
so that she conceived, and bare three of thy father's house, that there shall
sons and two daughters. And the not be an old man in thine house.
child Samuel grew before the LORD. 32 And thou shalt see an enemy

22 Now Eli was very old, and in my habitation, in all the wealth
heard all that his sons did unto all which God shall give Israel: and
Israel; and how they lay with the there shall not be an old man in
women that assembled at the door thine house for ever.
of the tabernacle of the congrega- | 33 And the man of thine, whom I
tion.

shall not cut off from mine altar,
23 And he said unto them, Why do shall be to consume thine eyes, and
ye such things ? for I hear of your to grieve thine heart: and all the
evil dealings by all this people. increase of thine house shall die in
24 Nay, my sons; for it is no good the flower of their age.
report that I hear: ye make the 34 And this shall be a sign unto
Lord's people to transgress. thee, that shall come upon thy two
25 If one man sin against another, sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in
the judge shall judge him: but if a one day they shall die both of them.
man sin against the Lord, who shall 35 And I will raise me up a faith-
entreat for him? Notwithstanding, ful priest, that shall do according to
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The death of Eri. out against the Philistines to battle, there fell of Israel thirty thousand and pitched beside Eben-ezer: and footmen. the Philistines pitched in Aphek. 11 And the ark of God was taken: · 2 And the Philistines put them and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and selves in array against Israel: and Phinehas, were slain. when they joined battle, Israel was 12 | And there ran a man of Bensmitten before the Philistines: and jamin out of the army, and came to they slew of the army in the field Shiloh the same day with his clothes about four thousand men.

rent, and with earth upon his head. 3 And when the people were come 13 And when he came, lo, Eli sat into the camp, the elders of Israel upon a seat by the wayside watch said, Wherefore hath the LORD smit- ing: for his heart trembled for the ten us to day before the Philistines? | ark of God. And when the man Let us fetch the ark of the covenant came into the city, and told it, all of the Lord out of Shiloh unto us, the city cried out. that, when it cometh among us, it | 14 And when Eli heard the noise may save us out of the hand of our of the crying, he said, What meanenemies.

| eth the noise of this tumult? And 4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that the man came in hastily, and told they might bring from thence the Eli. ark of the covenant of the Lord of 15 Now Eli was ninety and eight hosts, which dwelleth between the years old ; and his eyes were dim, cherubim: and the two sons of Eli, 1 that he could not see. Hophni and Phinehas, were there 16 And the man said unto Eli, I with the ark of the covenant of am he that came out of the army,

and I fled to day out of the army.
5 And when the ark of the cove- And he said, What is there done,
nant of the LORD came into the my son ?
camp, all Israel shouted with a great 17 And the messenger answered
shout, so that the earth rang again. I and said, Israel is fled before the

6 And when the Philistines heard Philistines, and there hath been also
the noise of the shout, they said, a great slaughter among the people,
What meaneth the noise of this great and thy two sons also, Hophni and
shout in the camp of the Hebrews ? | Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of
And they understood that the ark of God is taken.
the Lord was come into the camp. 18 And it came to pass, when he

7 And the Philistines were afraid ; made mention of the ark of God,
for they said, God is come into the that he fell from off the seat back-
camp. And they said, Woe unto us! ward by the side of the gate, and
for there hath not been such a thing his neck brake, and he died : for he
heretofore.

was an old man, and heavy. And 8 Woe unto us! who shall deliver he had judged Israel forty years. us out of the hand of these mighty 19 And his daughter in law, PhinGods? these are the Gods that smote ehas' wife, was with child, near to the Egyptians with all the plagues be delivered : and when she heard in the wilderness.

the tidings that the ark of God was 9 Be strong, and quit yourselves taken, and that her father in law like men, 0 ye Philistines, that ye and her husband were dead, sho be not servants unto the Hebrews, bowed herself and travailed; for as they have been to you: quit her pains came upon her. yourselves like men, and fight. 20 And about the time of her death

10 And the Philistines fought, and the women that stood by her said Israel was smitten, and they fled unto her, Fear not; for thou hast every man into his tent: and there borne a son. But she answered not was a very great slaughter; for I neither did she regard it

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