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A REVISED TRANSLATION,
THE LATE REV. CHARLES WELLBELOVED,
THE REV. JOHN SCOTT PORTER.
THE TWO BOOKS OF SAMUEL, BY THE Rev. G. VANCE
THE CHRONICLES, BY THE REV. J. SCOTT PORTER;
Rev. G. VANCE SMITH, B.A.;
100. t. 1/2.
THE FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL.
CHAP. I.—Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the
son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son 2 of Zuph, an Ephrathite : and he had two wives ; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah : and Peninnah had children, but Hạnnah had no children.
And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto Jehoyah of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of Je4 hovah, were there. And on the day when Elkanah sacrificed,
he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her 5 daughters, portions: but unto Hannah he gave a double portion; for he loved Hannah ; but Jehovah had shut
her 6 womb. And her adversary also provoked her greatly, so as
to make her fret, because Jehovah had shut up her womb. 7 And as he did so year by year, as often as she went up to
the house of Jehovah, so she provoked her; therefore she 8 wept, and did not eat. Then said Elkanah her husband to
her, “Hannah, Why weepest thou ? and why eatest thou not ? and why is thy heart troubled ? am not I better to thee than ten sons ?”
So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a scat 10 by a door-post of the temple of Jehovah. And she was
grieved in soul, and prayed unto Jehovah, and wept much. 11 And she vowed a vow, and said, “ O Jehovah of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thy handmaid, and re
member me, and not forget thy handmaid, but will give unto thy handmaid a man-child, then I will give him unto Jehovah all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.”
And it came to pass, as she often prayed before Jehovah, 12 that Eli observed her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in 13 her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. And Eli said 14 unto her, “How long wilt thou be drunken ? put away thy wine from thee." And Hannah answered and said, “No, 15 my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before Jehovah. Count not thy handmaid for a daughter 16 of Belial; for out of the greatness of my sorrow and my grief have I spoken hitherto.” Then Eli answered and said, 17 “Go in peace; and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition which thou hast asked of him." And she said, "Let 18 thy handmaid find favour in thy sight.” So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped 19 before Jehovah, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah ; and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and Jehovah remembered her. Wherefore it came to pass, when the time 20 was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel [HEARD OF GoD], saying, “ Because I have asked him of Jehovah."
And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer 21 unto Jehovah the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. But Han- 22 nah went not up; for she said unto her husband, “I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before Jehovah, and there remain for ever." And Elkanah her husband said unto her, “Do what 23 seemeth to thee good ; remain until thou have weaned him; only Jehovah establish his word.” So the woman remained, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.
And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, 24 with a bullock of three years old, and one ephah of four, and a skin of wine, and brought him unto the house of Jehovah in Shiloh : and the child was young. And they slew 25 the bullock, and brought the child to Eli. And she said, 26 “O my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, to pray unto Jehovah. For this 27
child I prayed; and Jehovah hath given me my petition 28 which I asked of him; therefore also I have given him up
to Jehovah ; as long as he liveth he shall be given up to Je-
“My heart rejoiceth in Jehovah,
He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. 7 Jehovah maketh poor, and maketh rich;
He bringeth low, and lifteth up.
And exalt the horn of his anointed.” And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto Jehovah before Eli the priest.