And Hannah prayeth, and saith: 'My heart hath exulted in
Jehovah, My horn hath been high in Jehovah, My mouth hath been large over mine
enemies, For I have rejoiced in Thy salvation.
There is none holy like Jehovah, For there is none save
Thee, And there is no rock like our God.
Ye multiply not -- ye speak haughtily -- The old saying
goeth out from your mouth, For a God of knowledge is Jehovah, And by Him
actions are weighed.
Bows of the mighty are broken, And the stumbling have girded
The satiated for bread hired themselves, And the hungry have
ceased. While the barren hath borne seven, And she abounding with sons hath
Jehovah putteth to death, and keepeth alive, He bringeth
down to Sheol, and bringeth up.
Jehovah dispossesseth, and He maketh rich, He maketh low,
yea, He maketh high.
He raiseth from the dust the poor, From a dunghill He
lifteth up the needy, To cause them to sit with nobles, Yea, a throne of
honour He doth cause them to inherit, For to Jehovah are the fixtures of
earth, And He setteth on them the habitable world.
The feet of His saints He keepeth, And the wicked in
darkness are silent, For not by power doth man become mighty.
Jehovah -- broken down are His adversaries, Against them in
the heavens He thundereth: Jehovah judgeth the ends of earth, And giveth
strength to His king, And exalteth the horn of His anointed.'
And Elkanah goeth to Ramath, unto his house, and the youth
hath been serving Jehovah, in the presence of Eli the priest;
and the sons of Eli are sons of worthlessness, they
have not known Jehovah.
And the custom of the priests with the people is: any
man sacrificing a sacrifice -- then hath the servant of the priest come in when
the flesh is boiling, and the hook of three teeth in his hand,
and hath struck it into the pan, or kettle, or
caldron, or pot; all that the hook bringeth up doth the priest take for
himself; thus they do to all Israel who are coming in, there, in Shiloh.
Also before they make perfume with the fat -- then hath the
priest's servant come in, and said to the man who is sacrificing, 'Give flesh
to roast for the priest, and he doth not take of thee flesh boiled, but raw;'
and the man saith unto him, 'Let them surely make a perfume
(as to-day) with the fat, then take to thee as thy soul desireth;' and he hath
said to him, 'Surely now thou dost give; and if not -- I have taken by
And the sin of the young men is very great in the
presence of Jehovah, for the men have despised the offering of Jehovah.
And Samuel is ministering in the presence of Jehovah,
a youth girt with an ephod of linen;
and a small upper coat doth his mother make to him, and she
hath brought it up to him from time to time, in her coming up with her husband
to sacrifice the sacrifice of the time.
And Eli blessed Elkanah, and his wife, and said, 'Jehovah
doth appoint for thee seed of this woman, for the petition which she asked for
Jehovah;' and they have gone to their place.
When Jehovah hath looked after Hannah, then she conceiveth
and beareth three sons and two daughters; and the youth Samuel groweth up with
And Eli is very old, and hath heard all that his sons
do to all Israel, and how that they lie with the women who are assembling at
the opening of the tent of meeting,
and he saith to them, 'Why do ye things like these? for I am
hearing of your evil words from all the people -- these!
Nay, my sons; for the report which I am hearing is not good
causing the people of Jehovah to transgress. --
If a man sin against a man, then hath God judged him; but if
against Jehovah a man sin, who doth pray for him?' and they hearken not to the
voice of their father, though Jehovah hath delighted to put them to death.
And the youth Samuel is going on and growing up, and is
good both with Jehovah, and also with men.
And there cometh a man of God unto Eli, and saith unto him,
'Thus said Jehovah, Was I really revealed unto the house of thy father in their
being in Egypt, before Pharaoh's house,
even to choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to Me for
a priest, to go up on Mine altar, to make a perfume, to bear an ephod before
Me, and I give to the house of thy father all the fire-offerings of the sons of
Why do ye kick at My sacrifice, and at Mine offering which I
commanded in My habitation, and dost honour thy sons above Me, to make
yourselves fat from the first part of every offering of Israel, of My people?
'Therefore -- the affirmation of Jehovah, God of Israel -- I
certainly said, Thy house and the house of thy father, do walk up and down
before Me to the age; and now -- the affirmation of Jehovah -- Far be it from
Me! for he who is honouring Me, I honour, and those despising Me, are lightly
'Lo, days are coming, and I have cut off thine arm,
and the arm of the house of thy father, that an old man is not in thy house;
and thou hast beheld an adversary in My habitation,
in all that He doth good with Israel, and there is not an old man in thy house
all the days.
'And the man I cut not off of thine from Mine altar, is
to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thy soul; and all the increase of thy
house do die men;
and this is to thee the sign that cometh unto thy two
sons, unto Hophni and Phinehas -- in one day they die both of them;
and I have raised up for Me a stedfast priest; as in My
heart and in My soul he doth do; and I have built for him a stedfast house, and
he hath walked up and down before Mine anointed all the days;
and it hath been, every one who is left in thy house doth
come in to bow himself to him, for a wage of silver, and a cake of bread, and
hath said, Admit me, I pray thee, unto one of the priest's offices, to eat a
morsel of bread.'