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238 Hannah's prayer.

I. SAMUEL. 6 And her adversary also provoked her 22 Bit Hannah went not up; for she sore, for to make her fret, because the said unto her husband, I will not go up Lord had shut up her womb.

until the child be weaned, and then I will 7 And as he did so year by year, when bring him, that he may appear before the she went up to the house of the LORD, SO LORD, and there abide for ever. she provoked her; therefore she wept, and 23 And Elkanah her husband said unto did not eat.

her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarty un8 Then said Elkanah her husband to til thou have weaned him ; only the LORD her, Hannah, why weepest thou ? and establish his word. So the woman abode, why eatest thou not ? and why is thy and gave her son suck until she weaned him. heart grieved ? am not I better to thee 24 9 And when she had weaned him, than ten sons ?

she took him up with her, with three 9 | So Hannah rose up after they had bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. bottle of wine, and brought him unto the Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a house of the LORD in Shilol: and the post of the temple of the LORD.

child was young. 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and 25 And they slew a bullock, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. brought the child to Eli.

ii And she vowed a vow, and said, O 26 And she said, O my lord, as thy soul LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood on the affliction of thine handmaid, and by thee here, praying unto the Lord. remember me, and not forget thine hand- 27 For this child I prayed; and the maid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid Lord hath given me my petition which a man child, then I will give him unto the I asked of him: Lord all the days of his life, and there 28 Therefore also I have lent him to shall no razor come upon his head. the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall

12 And it came to pass, as she con- | be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped tinued praying before the LORD, that Eli the LORD there. marked her mouth.

CHAP. II. 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her 1 Hannah's song: 12 The sin of Eli's sons. heart; only her lips moved, but her voice 18 Samuel's ministry. 27 A prophecy was not heard : therefore Eli thought she against Eli's house. had been drunken.

14 And Eli said unto her, How long heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine wilt thou be drunken? put away thy winehorn is exalted in the Lord; my mouth from thee.

is enlarged over mine enemies; because I 15 And Hannah answered and said, No, rejoice in thy salvation. my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful 2 There is none holy as the LORD: for spirit : I have drunk neither wine nor there is none beside thee: neither is there strong drink, but have poured out my any rock like our God. soul before the LORD.

3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; 16 Count not thine handmaid for a let not arrogancy come out of your daughter of Belial: for out of the abund- mouth : for the Lord is a God of knowlance of my complaint and grief have I edge, and by him actions are weighed. spoken hitherto.

4 The bows of the mighty men are 17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in broken, and they that stumbled are girdpeace : and the God of Israel grant thee ed with strength. thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 5 They that were full have hired out

18 And she said, Let thine handinaid themselves for bread; and they that were find grace in thy sight. So the wonan hungry ceased : so that the barren hath went her way, and did eat, and her coun-born seven ; and she that hath many tenance was no more sad.

children is waxed feeble. 19 ! And they rose up in the morn- 6 The LORD killeth, and maketh aing early, and worshipped before the live : he bringeth down to the grave, and Lord, and returned, and came to their bringeth up. house to Ramah : And Elkanah knew 7 The Lord maketh poor, and maketh Hannah his wife ; and the Lord remem- rich : he bringeth low, and lifteth up: bercd her.

8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, 20 Wherefore it came to pass, when and lifteth up the beggar from the dungthe time was come about after Hannah hill, to set them among princes, and to had conceived, that she bare a son, and make them inherit the throne of glory: called his name Samuel, saying, Because for the pillars of the carth are the Lord's, I have asked him of the Lord.

and he hath set the world upon them. 21 And the man Elkanah, and all his 9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and house, went up to offer unto the LORD the the wicked shall be silent in darkness yearly sacrifice, and luis vow.

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The sin of Eli's sons :

CHAP. II.

They are reproved. 239 10 The adversaries of the LORD shall not unto the voice of their father, because be broken to pieces; out of heaven shali the LORD would slay them. he thunder upon them: the Lord shall 26 And the child Samuel grew on, and judge the ends of the earth ; and he shall was in favour both with the LORD, and give strength unto his king, and exalt the also with men. horn of his anointed.

27 4 And there came a man of God 11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith house. And the child did minister unto the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the the Lord before Eli the priest.

house of thy father, when they were in 12 9 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Egypt in Pharaoh's house? Belial; they knew not the LORD.

28 And did I choose hiin out of all the 13 And the priest's custom with the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer people was, that, when any man offered upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while an ephod before nie? and did I give the flesh was in seething, with a flesh- unto the house of thy father all the ofhook of three teeth in his hand ;

ferings made by tire of the children of 14 And he struck it into the pan, or

Israel? kettle, or caldron, or pot ; ail that the 29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice flesh-hook brought up the priest took for and at mine offering, winich I have comhimself. So they did in Shiloh unto all manded in my haijitation ; and honourest the Israelites that came thither.

thy sops above me, to make yourselves fat 15 Also before they burnt the fat, the with the chielest of all the offerings of Ispriest's servant came, and said to the man rael my people? that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the So Wherefore the LORD God of Israel priest; for he will not have sodden flesh saith, I said indeed that thy house, and of thee, but raw.

the house of thy father should walk be16 And if any man said unto him, Let fore me for ever : but now the LORD them not fail to burn the fat presently, saith, Be it far from me; for them that and then take as much as thy soul desir- honour me I will honour, and they that eth; then he would answer him, Nay; despise me shall be lightly esteemed. but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, 31 Behold, the days come, that I will I will take it by force.

cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy fa17 Wherefore the sin of the young men ther's house, that there shall not be an old was very great before the Lord: for men man in thine house. abhorred the offering of the Lord.

32 And thou shalt see an enemy in my 18 ( But Samuel ministered before the habitation, in all the wealth which God LORD, being a child, girded with a linen shall give Israel: and there shall not be ephod.

an old man in thine house for ever. 19 Moreover his mother made him a 33 And the man of thine, whom I shall little coat, and brought it to him from not cut off from mine altar, shall be to year to year, when she came up with her consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine husband, to offer the yearly sacrifice. heart: and all the increase of thine house

20 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his shall die in the fower of their age. wife, and said, The LORD give thee seed 34 And this shall be a sign unto thee, of this woman for the loan which is lent to that shall come upon thy two sons, on the LORD. And they went unto their | Hoplini and Phinehas : in one day they own home.

shall die both of them. 21 And the Lord visited Hannan, so 35 And I will raise me up a faithful that she conceived, and bare three sons priest, that shall do according to that which and two daughters. And the child Sam- is in mine heart and in my mind : and I uel grew before the LORD.

will build him a sure house; and he shall 22 Now Eli was very old, and heard walk before mine Anointed for ever. all that his sons did unto all Israel; and 36 And it shall come to pass, that every how they lay with the women that assem- one that is left in thine house, shall come bled at the door of the tabernacle of the and crouch to him for a piece of silver and congregation.

a morsel of bread, and shall say, Put me, 23 And he said unto them, Why do ye I pray thee, into one of the priest's offices, such things ? for I hear of your evil deal- that I may eat a piece of bread. ings by all this people.

CHAP. III. 24 Nay, my sons ; for it is no good re- 1 How the word of the Lord was first port that I hear: ye make the Lord's revealed to Samuel 11 God tellcth people to .

Samuel the destruction of Eli's house. 25 If one man sin against another, the Ad the LORD before Eli. And the

ND the child Samuel ministered unjudge shall judge him ; but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall entreat for word of the LORD was precious in those hím ? Not withstanding they hearkened l days, there aras no open vision.

240 Samuel called.

I. SAMUEL. The Israeites are overcome. 2 And it came to pass at that time, 18 And Samuel told him every whit, when Eli was laid down in his place, and and hid nothing from him. And he said, his eyes began to wax dim, that he could It is the LORD : let him do what seemeth not see ;

him good. 3 And ere the lamp of God went out 19 [ And Samuel grew, and the LORD in the temple of the LORD, where the was with him, and did let none of his ark of God was, and Samuel was laid words fail to the ground. down to sleep;

20 And all Israel, from Dan even to 4 That the LORD called Samuel : and '' Beer-sheba, knew that Samuel was estabhe answered, Here am I.

lished to be a propliet of the LORD. 5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here 21 And the Lord appeared again in Shiam I; for thou calledst me. And he said, loh : for the Lord revealed himself to I called not; lie down again. And he Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD. went and lay down.

CHAP. IV. 6 And the Lord called yet again, Sam- | 1 The Israelites are overcome by the Phiucl. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, listines. 10 The arkis taken, and Eli's and said, Here am I; for thou didst call 80ns slain. 12 Eli hearing the news me. And he answered, I called not, my breaketh his neck. son ; lie down again. 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the AND the word of Samuel came to all

Israel. Now Israel went out against LORD, neither was the word of the LORD the Philistines to battle, and pitched beyet revealed unto him.

side Eben-ezer: and the Philistines pitch8 And the LORD called Samuel again ed in Aphek. the third time. And he arose and went 2 And the Philistines put themselves in lo Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst array against Israel: and when they joincall me. And Eli perceived that the lord ed battle, Israel was smitten before the had called the child.

Philistines : and they slew of the army in 9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, the field about four thousand men. lie down : and it shall be, if he call thee, 3 | And when the people were come that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy into the camp, the elders of Israel said, servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to down in his place.

day before the Philistines ? Let us fetch 10 And the Lord came, and stood and the ark of the covenant of the LORD Out called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. of Shiloh unto us, that when it cometh Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy | among us, it may save us out of the hand servant heareth.

of our enemies. 11 9 And the Lord said to Samuel, Be- 4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that hold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which they might bring from thence the ark both the ears of every one that heareth it of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, shall tingle.

which dwelleth between the cherubims: 12 In that day I will perform against and the two sons of Eli

, Hophni and PhinEli all things which I have spoken con- ehas, were there with the ark of the corcerning his house : when I begin, I will enant of God. also make an end.

5 And when the ark of the covenant 13 For I have told him, that I will of the LORD came into the camp, all Isjudge his house for ever, for the ini- rael shouted with a great shout, so that quity which he knoweth : because his sons the earth rang again. made themselves vile, and he restrained 6 And when the Philistines heard the them nni.

noise of the shout, they said, What mean14 And therefore I have sworn unto eth the noise of this great shout in the the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's camp of the Hebrews? And they underhouse shall not be purged with sacrifice stood that the ark of the LORD was come nor offering for ever.

into the camp. 15 | And Samuel lay until the morning, 7 And the Philistines were afraid, for and opened the doors of the house of the they said, God is come into the camp. LORD: and Samuel feared to shew Eli And they said, Woe unto us! for there the vision.

hath not been such a thing heretofore. 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, 8 Woe unto us! Who shall deliver usout Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here of ihe hand of these mighty Gods ? these

are the Gods that smote the Egyptians 27. And or sa inith What istehsehing with Bed threaplages inutile wilderness pray thee hide it not from me: God do men, Oye Philistines, that ye be not so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any servants unto the Hebrews, as they have thing from me, of all the things that he been to you ; quit yourselves like men, said unto thee.

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The ark of God is taken. CHAP. V, Vi. Dagon falleth before the ark. 41

10 9 And the Philistines fought, and 2 When the Philistines took the ark of Israel was smitten, and they fled every | God, they brought it into the house of man into his tent: and there was a very Dagon, and set it by Dagon. great slaughter, for there fell of Israel 3 T And when they of Ashdod arose thirty thousand footmen.

early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was 11 And the ark of God was taken ; | fallen upon his face to the earth before the and the two sons of Eli, Hoplni and | ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, Phinehas, were slain.

and set him in his place again. 12 9 And there ran a man of Benjamin 4 And when they arose early on the out of the army, and came to Shiloh the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was same day with his clothes rent, and with fallen upon his face to the ground before earth upon his head.

the ark of the LORD : and the head of 13 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon Dagon, and both the palins of his hands a seat by the way-side watching : for his were cut off upon the threshold ; only the heart trembled for the ark of God. And stump of Dagon was left to him. when the man came into the city and told 5 Therefore neither the priests of Dait, all the city cried out.

gon, nor any that come into Dagon's 14 And when Eli heard the noise of the house, tread on the threshold of Dagon crying, he said, What meaneth the noise in Ashdod unto this day. of this tumult? And the man came in 6 But the hand of the LORD was heavy hastily, and told Eli.

upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed 15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years them, and smote them with emerods, even old; and his eyes were dim, that he could | Ashdod, and the coasts thereof. not see.

7 And when the men of Ashdocl saw 16 And the man said unto Eli, I am that it was so, they said, The ark of the he that came out of the army, and I fled God of Israel shall not abide with us: for to-day out of the army. And he said, his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon What is there done, my son ?

our god. 17 And the messenger answered and 8 They sent therefore, and gathered said, Israel is fed before the Philistines, | all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and there hath been also a great slaughter and said, What shall we do with the ark among the people, and thy two sons also, of the God of Israel? And they anHophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the swered, Let the ark of the God of Israel ark of God is taken.

be carried about unto Gath. And they 18 And it came to pass, when he made carried the ark of the God of Israel amention of the ark of God, that he fell | bout thither. from off the seat backward by the side of 9 And it was so, that after they had the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: carried it about, the hand of the LORD for he was an old man, and heavy. And was against the city with a very great dehe had judged Israel forty years.

struction; and he smote the men of the 19 and his daughter-in-law, Phine- city both small and great, and they had has' wife, was with child near to be de- emerods in their secret parts. livered : and when she heard the tidings 10 Therefore they sent the ark of God that the ark of God was taken, and that to Ekron. And it came to pass as the ark her father-in-law and her husband were of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites dead, she bowed herself, and travailed; I cried out, saying, They have brought for her pains came upon her.

about the art of the God of Israel to us, 20 And about the time of her death, to slay us and our people. the women that stood by her said unto 11 So they sent and gathered together her, Fear not ; for thou hast born a son. all the lords of the Philistines, and said, But she answered not, neither did she Send away the ark of the God of Israel, regard it.

and let it go again to his own place, that 21 And she named the child I-chabod, it slay us not, and our people: for there saying, The glory is departed from Israel. was a deadly destruction throughout all (Because the ark of God was taken, and the city ; the hand of God was very because of her father-in-law and her heavy there. husband.)

12 And the men that died not, were 22 And she said, The glory is departed smitten with the emerods: and the cry from Israel: for the ark of God is taken. of the city went up to heaven.. CHAP. V.

CHAP. VI. 1 The Phulistines bring the ark into the 1 The Philistines counsel how to send back

house of Dagon. 3 Dagon falleth down. the ark. 10 They bring it on a new cart 6, 9, 12 They are emitten with emerods. to Beth-shemesh. 19 The people smitten. A Norte, Philistines took the care of Anthe the mark of the hilistines was in

God, and from Eben-ezer linto Ashdod.

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your land.

242 The Philistines return the ark. I. SAMUEL. The Ecth-shemites smitten:

2 And the Philistines called for the clave the wood of the cart, and offered the priests and the diviners, saying, Whatshall kine a burnt-offering unto the Lord. we do to the ark of the Lord? tell us 15 And the Levites took down the ark wherewith we shall send it to his place. of the LORD, and the coffer that was

3 And they said, If ye send away the with it, wherein the jewels of gold were, ark of the God of Israel, send it not and put them on the great stone: and the empty ; but in any wise return him a men of Beth-shemesh offered burnt-offertrespass-offering: then ye shall be healed, || ings and sacrificed sacrifices the same day and it shall be known to you why his unto the LORD. hand is not removed from you.

16 And when the five lords of the Phi. 4 Then said they, What shall be the listines had seen it, they returned to Ektrespass-offering which we shall return to ron the same day. him? They answered, Five golden eme- 17 And these are the golden emerods rods, and five golden mice, according to which the Philistines returned for a tresthe number of the lords of the Philistines: pass-offering unto the LORD; for Ashdod for one plague was on you all, and on one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for your lords.

Gath one, for Ekron one; 5 Wherefore ye shall make images of 18 And the golden mice, according to your emerods, and images of your mice the number of all the cities of the Phiihat mar the land ; and ye shall give glo- listines belonging to the five lords, both of ry unto the God of Israel: peradventure fenced cities, and of country villages, even he will lighten his hand from off you, I unto the great stone of Abel, whereon they and from off your gods, and from off | set down the ark of the Lord: which

stone remaineth unto this day in the field 6 Wherefore then do ye harden your of Joshua the Beth-shemite. hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh 19 | And he smote the men of Beth-shehardened their hearts ? when he had' mesh, because they had looked into the wrought wonderfully among them, did | ark of the Lord, even he smote of the they not let the people go, and they de- people fifty thousand and threescore and parted?

ten men : and the people lamented, be7 Now therefore make a new cart, and cause the Lord had smitten many of the take two milch-kine on which there hath people with a great slaughter. come no yoke, and tie the kine to the 20 And the men of Beth-shemesh said, cart, and bring their calves home from Who is able to stand before this holy them :

LORD God? and to whom shall he go 8 And take the ark of the LORD, and up from us? lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels 21 9 And they sent messengers to the of gold which ye return him for a trespass- inhabitants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; Philistines have brought again the ark of and send it away, that it may go. the Lord; come ye down, and fetch it

9 And see, if it goeth up by the way of up to you. his own coast to Beth-shemesh, then he

CHAP. VII. hath done us this great evil: but if not, 3 The Israelites, by Samuel's means, 80lthen we shall know that it is not his hand

emnly repent at Mispeh. 9 Samuel that smote us; it was a chance that hap- praying, ihe Philistines are discomfited. to us.

ND the men -jearim came two milch kine, and tied them to the and brought it into the house of Abinadab cart, and shut up their calves at home : in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son

11 And they laid theark of the Lord up- to keep the ark of the LORD. on the cart, and the coffer with the mice 2 And it came to pass, while the ark of gold and the images of their emerods. abode in Kirjath-jearim, that the time

12 And the kine took the straight way was long; for it was twenty years; and to the way of Beth-shemesh, and went all the house of Israel lamented after the along the highway, lowing as they went, LORD. and turned not aside to the right hand 3 | And Samuel spake unto all the or to the left; and the lords of the Philis- house of Israel, saying, If ye do return tines went after them unto the border of unto the LORD with all your hearts, then Beth-shemesh.

put away the strange gods, and Ashtaroth, 13 And they of Beth-shemesh were from among you, and prepare your ticarts reaping their wheat-harvest in the valley: | unto the LORD, and serve him only : and and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the he will deliver you out of the hand of the ark, and rejoiced to see it.

Philistines. 14 And the cart came into the field of 4 Then the children of Israel did put Joshua, a Beth-shemite, and stood there, | away Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and served where there was a great stone: and they ll the LORD only.

ned, and the men did so; and took | A Manlleches of the 'arki tie loro,

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