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238 Hannah's frayer. 6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LoRD had shut up her womb. 7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LoRD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat. 8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not 2 and why is thy heart grieved 2 am not I better to thee than ten sons 2 9 * So Hannah rose up after they had caten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord. 10 And she rvas in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LoRD, and wept sore. 11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LoRD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. 12 And it came to pass, as she continuedo. before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth. 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Elithought she had been drunken.

14 And Eli said unto her, How long ||

wilt thou be drunken 2 put away thy wine from thee. 15 And Hannah answered and said, No, 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 the Lok D. 16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto. 17. Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. 19 || And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah : And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lor D remembered her. 20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord. 21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.

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Hannah's song.

22 But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go us. until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LoRD, and there abide for ever. 23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Dowhatseemeth thee good; tary until thou have weaned him; only the Lord establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave hersonsuck until she weaned him. 24 of And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a | bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LoRD in §. and the | child was young. 25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli. | 26 And she said, O my lord, as thy soul | liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. '3? For this chillion; ind the LoRD hath given me my petition which I asked of him : 28 Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord ; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lor D. And he worshipped the Lord there. CHAP. II. | 1 Hannah's song. 12 The sin of Eli's sons. 18 Samuel’s ministry. 27.1 frofusiccy against Eli's house. ND Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lond ; my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. 2 There is none holy as the Lord : for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. 3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth : for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength. 5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven ; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble. 6 The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. 7The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. 8. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and he hath set the world upon them. 9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness for by strength shall no man prevail,

The sin of Eli's sons: 10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shal he thunder upon them: the Lok D shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall ive strength unto his king, and exalt the #. of his anointed. 11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the Lord before Eli the priest. * 12 W. Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord. 13 And the priest's custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhock of three teeth in his hand ; 14 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot ; all that the flesh-hook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither. 15 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw. - 16 And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, May, but thou shalt give it me now ; and if not, I will take it by force. 17.Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord : for men abhorred the offering of the Lok D. 18's But Samuel ministered before the Load, being a child, girded with a linen

... 19 Moreover his mother made him a httle coat, and brought it to him from rear to year, when she came up with her and, to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20 T And Eli blessed Eskanah and his wife, and said, The LoRD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went unto their own home. 21 And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord. 22 Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the

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not unto the voice of their father, because the Lord would slay them. 26. And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the Lord, and also with men. 27 || And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said tinto him, Thus saith the Lok D, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house 2 28 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me 2 and did I give unto the house of thy father all the of i }. made by fire of the children of Israei ? 29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people * 30 Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father should walk before me for ever : but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. 31 Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house. 32 And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever. 33 And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to §. thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age. 34 And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hoplini and Phinchas: in one day they shall die both of them. 35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shalldo accordingtothat which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine Anointed for ever. 36 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thine house, shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, into one of the priest's offices, that I may eat a piece of bread.

CHAP. III. 1 How the word of the Lord was first revealed to Samuel. 11 God tel/ct/ Samuel the destruction of Eli's house, ND the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the

word of the Lord was precious in those days; there reas no open vision.

240 Samuel called.

2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see ; 3. And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleef, ; 4 That the Lord called Samuel : and he answered, Here am I. 5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; , lie down again. And he went and lay down. 6 And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LoRD, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him. 8 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst callme, And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child. 9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down : and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord ; forthy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the Lord came, and stood and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. 11 T And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. 13 For I have told him, that I will judge his house for ever, for the iniquity which he knoweth : because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. 14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. 15 T And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LoR D : and Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, *. my’son. And he answered, Here afro17 And he said, What is the thin that the LORD hath said unto thee * pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me, of all the things that he

I. SAMUEL.

said unto thee.

The Israelites are overcome.

18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord : let him do what seemeth him good. 19 || And Samuel grew, and the LoRD was with him, and did let none of his words fail to the ground. 20 And all Israel, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord. 21 And the LoRD appeared again in Shiloh : for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord. CHAP. IV. 1 The Israelites are overcome by the Phibistines. 10 The ark is taken, and Eli's sons slain. 12 Eli hearing the news breaketh his neck. ND the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Eben-ezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek. 2 And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines: and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men. 3 || And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the Lord smitten us today before the Philistines 2 Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of Shiloh unto us, that when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand

of our enemies. le sent to Shiloh, that

4 So the they unight bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophniand Phinelhas, overe there with the ark of the covenant of God. 5 And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again. a 6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this go shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the Lord was come into the camp. 7 And the Philistines were afraid, for

they said, God is come into the camp.

And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore.

8 Woe untous! Whoshall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods 2 these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.

9 Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight.

The ark of God is taken. CHAP

10 T And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen. 11 And the ark of God was taken ; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain. 12 “And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head. 13 And when he came, lo, Elisat upon a seat by the way-side watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city and told it, all the city cried out. 14 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily, and told Eli. 15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see. 16 And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to-day out of the army. And he said, What is there done, my son 2 17 And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni ...}}}. are dead, and the ark of God is taken. 18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died : for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years. 19 And his o Phinehas' wife, was with child near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself, and travailed; for her pains came upon her. 20 Añd about the time of her death, the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for thou hast born a son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it. 21 And she named the child I-chabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel. (Because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father-in-law and her husband.) 22 And she said, The §§. departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken. HAP. V. 1 The Philistines bring the ark into the house of Dagon. 3 Dagonfalleth down. 6, 9, 12 They are smitten with emerods. ND the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Eben-ezer tinto Ashdod,

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v,v1. Dagonfalleth before the ark. 241

2. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. 3 || And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again. 4 Aud when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord : and the head of Dagon, and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stums of Dagon was left to him. 5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day. 6 But the hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod, and the coasts thereof. 7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our ol. 8 They sent therefore, and gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel 2 And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither. 9 And it was so, that after they had carried it about, the hand of the Lord was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts. 10. Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and our people. 11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the §. and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there. was a deadly destruction throughout all the city ; the hand of God was very | heavy there. 12 And the men that died not, were smitten with the emerods: and the cry of the city went up to heaven.. CHAP. VI. 1 The Philistines counsel hoot to send back the ark. 10 They bring it on a new cart to Beth-shemesh. 19 The peofilesmitten. | ND the ark of the Lord was in

the country of the Philistines seven | months,

242 The Philistines return the ark. I. SAMUEL.

2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying Whatshall we do to the ark of the Lok D 2 tell us where with we shall send it to his place. 3 And they said, If ye send away the ark of the God of Israel, send it not empty; but in any wise return him a trešpass-offering: then ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to you why his hand is not removed from you. 4 Then said they, What shall be the trespass-cffering which we shall return to him? They answered, Five golden emerods, and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines: for one too was on you all, and on your lords. 5 Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods, and images of your mice that mar the land ; and § shall give glory unto the God of Israel: peradventure he will lightch his hand from off you, and from oil your gods, and from off your land. 6 Wherefore then do ye harden your

hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh when he had

hardened their hearts 2 wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed 2

7 Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch-kine on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the ão and bring their calves home from them :

8 And take the ark of thc LoRD, and

lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels gold which ye return him for a trespassoffering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it away, that it may go. 9 And see, if it goeth up by the way of his own coast to Beth-shemesh, then he hath done us this great evil: but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that smote us; it was a chance that happened to us. 10 || And the men did so ; and took two milch kine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home: 11 And they laid theark of the Lok D upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods. 12 And the kine took the straight way to the way of Beth-shemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of Beth-shemesh. 13, And they of Beth-shemesh overe reaping their wheat-harvest in the valley: and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it. 14 And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Beth-shemite, and stood there, where there was a great stone: and they

The Ecth-shemites smitten:

clave the wood of the cart, and offered the kine a burnt-offering unto the Lok D. 15 And the Levites took down time ark of the Lon D, and the coffer that was with it, wherein the jewels of gold to re, and put them on the great stone : and the men of Beth-shemesh offered burnt-offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the same day unto the Lon D. o 16 And when the five lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same day. . 17 And these are the golden emerods which the Philistines returned for a tres: pass-offering unto the Lon D ; for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron one; 18 And the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both of fenced cities, and of country villages, even unto the great stone of Abel, whereon they set down the ark of the Lok D : which stone remaineth unto this day in the field of Joshua the Beth-shemite. ' 19 || And he smote the men of Beth-shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the Lord, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men : and the people lamented, because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter. 20 And the men of Beth-shemesh said, Who is able to stand before this holy Lon D. God 2 and to whom shall he go up from us * 21 || And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the ark of the Lord ; come ye down, and fetch it

up to you. CHAP. VII. 3 The Israelites, by Samuel's means, soemnly resent at Mizsich. 9 Samuel firaving, the Philistines are discomfied. ND the men of Kirjath-jearim came, and fetched up the ark of the Lor D, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the Lon D. 2 And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LoR D. 3 || And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, if yo do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then o away the strange gods, and Ashtaroth, rom among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only ; and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines. 4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and served the Lok D only.

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