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1There was a certain man of Ramatha'im-zo'phim of the hill country of E'phraim, whose name was Elka'nah the son of Jero'ham, son of Eli'hu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an E'phraimite.SAMUEL 1. ELI - Judge at Shiloh. Birth of SAMUEL. 1Sm.1.1-20
2He had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Penin'nah. And Penin'nah had children, but Hannah had no children. 
3Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phin'ehas, were priests of the LORD. 
4On the day when Elka'nah sacrificed, he would give portions to Penin'nah his wife and to all her sons and daughters; 
5and, although he loved Hannah, he would give Hannah only one portion, because the LORD had closed her womb. 
6And her rival used to provoke her sorely, to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb. 
7So it went on year by year; as often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. 
8And Elka'nah, her husband, said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?" 
9After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the LORD. 
10She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD, and wept bitterly. 
11And she vowed a vow and said, "O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thy maidservant, and remember me, and not forget thy maidservant, but wilt give to thy maidservant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head." 
12As she continued praying before the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. 
13Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard; therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. 
14And Eli said to her, "How long will you be drunken? Put away your wine from you." 
15But Hannah answered, "No, my lord, I am a woman sorely troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the LORD. 
16Do not regard your maidservant as a base woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation." 

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