1 Samuel 2

VIN(i) 1 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoices in the LORD, my horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth boasts over my enemies; because I rejoice in your salvation. 2 There is no one holy like the LORD, indeed there is no one besides you, there is no rock like our God. 3 Don't continue to talk proudly, and don't speak arrogantly, for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, those who stumbled are armed with strength. 5 Those who were full must hire themselves out for bread, but those who are hungry will become fat. As for the infertile, she will bear seven, but she who has many sons withers away. 6 The LORD kills, and makes alive: he brings down to the grave, and brings up. 7 The lord makes poor, and he enriches; he humbles, and elevates. 8 he raises the poor from the dust; and lifts the needy from the dunghill - to set them among volunteers - to inherit the throne of honor: for the pillars of the earth are unto Yah Veh and on them he set the world. 9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. 10 Those who contend with the LORD will be broken to pieces. He will thunder against them in heaven. the LORD will judge the ends of the earth and he will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed. 11 Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the child served the LORD before Eli the priest. 12 Now the sons of Eli were wicked men. They didn't know the LORD. 13 And the custom of the priests with the people was this: When any man brought a sacrifice, as the meat was boiling, the servant of the priest would take a three-pronged meat fork in his hand 14 and he stabbed it into the pan, or kettle, or cauldron, or pot. The priest took all that the fork brought up for himself. They did this to all the Israelites who came there to Shiloh. 15 But even before they burned the fat, the servant of the priest would come and say to the person offering the sacrifice, "Give me meat to roast for the priest. He won't accept boiled meat from you, but only raw." 16 If the man said to him, Let the fat be burned first, and then take as much as you want; he would say, No, give it to me now, and if you don't, I will take it by force. 17 The sin of the young men was very great before the LORD; for the men despised the LORD's offering. 18 Now Samuel was ministering before the LORD, as a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19 His mother made him a little robe. She brought it to him when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20 Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife and say, "May the LORD give you descendants from this woman in place of the one she dedicated to the LORD." Then they would return to their home. 21 the LORD took note of Hannah, and she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters, while the young man Samuel grew up with the LORD. 22 Now Eli was very old, and he had heard everything that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women serving at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 23 And he said unto them, Why do ye do such things? For I hear from all the people of your evil dealings. 24 No my sons, it is no good report that I hear; you make the LORD's people disobey. 25 If a person sins against another, God will mediate for him, but if a person sins against the LORD, who can intercede for him?" But they would not listen to their father; for the LORD wanted to put them to death. 26 But the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with the people. 27 Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him: "Thus says the LORD: 'Did I not clearly reveal myself to the house of your ancestor when they were in Egypt under the house of Pharaoh? 28 And I chose him from all the tribes of Israel to be a priest to me, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, and to bear an ephod before me. I gave to the house of your ancestor all the offerings made by fire by the Israelites. 29 Why do you despise my sacrifice and my offering which I commanded for my dwelling place, while you honored your sons more than me by making yourselves fat from the best of all the offerings of my people Israel? 30 Therefore the LORD the God of Israel says, 'I said indeed that your house, and the house of your father, should walk before Me forever'. But now the LORD says, 'Far be it from Me. Those who honour Me I will honour, and those who despise Me shall be despised. 31 The days are coming when I will cut off your arm and the arm of your father's house so that there shall not be an old man in your house. 32 And you will see distress in the dwelling place, in all that he does good with Israel. And there will not be an old man in your house all the days. 33 Any man of yours whom I shall not cut off from My altar, will only blind your eyes with tears and grieve your heart; all the increase of your house shall die in the prime of life. 34 Here's a sign for you your two sons Hophni and Phineas will both die on the same day! 35 I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who will do according to what is in My heart and My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall minister before My anointed one forever. 36 Each one who is left in your house shall come and bow down to him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread, and shall say, 'Please put me into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a morsel of bread'.