1 Samuel 2
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1Then Hannah prayed: "My heart exults in the LORD; my strength is increased by the LORD. I will open my mouth to speak against my enemies, because I rejoice in your deliverance.1At that time Hannah prayed: “My heart rejoices in the LORD in whom my horn is exalted. My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, for I rejoice in Your salvation.
2Indeed, there is no one holy like the LORD, indeed, there is no one besides you, there is no rock like our God.2There is no one holy like the LORD. Indeed, there is no one besides You! And there is no Rock like our God.
3Don't continue to talk proudly, and don't speak arrogantly, for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.3Do not boast so proudly, or let arrogance come from your mouth, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by Him actions are weighed.
4The bows of warriors are shattered, but those who stumble are equipped with strength.4The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble are equipped with strength.
5Those who had an abundance of bread now hire themselves out, and those who were hungry hunger no more. While the barren woman gives birth to seven children, she who had many children languishes.5The well-fed hire themselves out for food, but the starving hunger no more. The barren woman gives birth to seven, but she who has many sons pines away.
6The LORD kills and gives life, he brings people down to where the dead are and he raises them up.6The LORD brings death and gives life; some He brings down to Sheol, and others He raises up.
7The LORD makes people poor and he makes people rich, he brings them low, and he also exalts them.7The LORD sends poverty and wealth; He humbles and He exalts.
8He raises the poor up from the dust, he lifts up the needy from the trash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. Indeed the pillars of the earth belong to the LORD, and he has set the world on them.8He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap. He seats them among princes and bestows on them a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s, and upon them He has set the world.
9He guards the steps of his faithful ones, while the wicked are made silent in darkness. He grants the request of the one who prays. He blesses the year of the righteous. Indeed it's not by strength that a person prevails.9He guards the steps of His faithful ones, but the wicked perish in darkness; for by his own strength shall no man prevail.
10The LORD will shatter his enemies —those who contend against him. Who is holy? The one who will thunder against them in the heavens. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth, he will give strength to his king, and he will increase the strength of His anointed one."10Those who oppose the LORD will be shattered. He will thunder from heaven against them. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth and will give power to His king. He will exalt the horn of His anointed.”
11Then Elkanah went to his house at Ramah, while the boy was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli the priest.11Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy began ministering to the LORD before Eli the priest.
12Now the sons of Eli were worthless men who did not know the LORD. 12Now the sons of Eli were wicked men; they had no regard for the LORD
13The custom of the priests with the people was that whenever a person offered a sacrifice, a servant of the priest would come with a three pronged fork in his hand while the meat was boiling, and13or for the custom of the priests with the people. When any man offered a sacrifice, the servant of the priest would come with a three-pronged meat fork while the meat was boiling
14he would stick it into the boiler or pot, and take everything the fork brought up—that is, the priest would take it for himself. This is what they were supposed to do with all the Israelis who came there to Shiloh. 14and plunge it into the pan or kettle or cauldron or cooking pot. And the priest would claim for himself whatever the meat fork brought up. This is how they treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh.
15But 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."15Even before the fat was burned, the servant of the priest would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, “Give the priest some meat to roast, because he will not accept boiled meat from you, but only raw.”
16If the man told him , "They must surely burn up the fat first, and then take for yourself whatever you desire," the servant would say, "No, give it now, and if you don't, I'll take it by force!"16And if any man said to him, “The fat must be burned first; then you may take whatever you want,” the servant would reply, “No, you must give it to me right now. If you refuse, I will take it by force!”
17By doing this, the sin of the young men was very serious in the LORD's sight because the men despised the LORD's offering.17Thus the sin of these young men was severe in the sight of the LORD, for they were treating the LORD’s offering with contempt.
18Now Samuel was ministering in the LORD's presence, as a boy wearing a linen ephod.18Now Samuel was ministering before the LORD—a boy wearing a linen ephod.
19His mother would make a small robe for him, and she would bring it each year when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 19Each year his mother would make him a little robe and bring it to him when she went with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice.
20Then 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. 20And Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the LORD give you children by this woman in place of the one she dedicated to the LORD.” Then they would go home.
21The LORD took note of Hannah, and she became pregnant and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel continued to grow, and the LORD was constantly with him.21So the LORD attended to Hannah, and she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD.
22Now Eli was very old, and he had heard everything that his sons were doing to the Israelis, and how they lay with the women who were serving regularly at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 22Now Eli was very old, and he heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they were sleeping with the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
23"Why are you doing these things that I'm hearing about?" he asked his sons, "These reports about your evil deeds are coming from all these people! 23“Why are you doing these things?” Eli said to his sons. “I hear about your wicked deeds from all these people.
24No, my sons, I'm not hearing good news being circulated by the LORD's people. 24No, my sons; it is not a good report I hear circulating among the LORD’s people.
25If 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 follow the advice of their father; for the LORD wanted to put them to death. 25If a man sins against another man, God can intercede for him, but if a man sins against the LORD, who can intercede for him?” But they would not listen to their father, since the LORD intended to put them to death.
26But the boy Samuel continued to grow both physically and in favor with the LORD and the people.26And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with man.
27A man of God came to Eli, saying to him, "This is what the LORD says: 'When they were in Egypt and slaves to the house of Pharaoh, did I not reveal to the family of your ancestor Aaron27Then a man of God came to Eli and told him, “This is what the LORD says: ’Did I not clearly reveal Myself to your father’s house when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh’s house?
28that I had chosen him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer up burnt offerings on my altar, burn incense, and carry the ephod in my presence? And did I not give to your ancestors' family all the Israeli fire-offerings? 28And out of all the tribes of Israel I selected your father to be My priest, to offer sacrifices on My altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in My presence. I also gave to the house of your father all the offerings of the Israelites made by fire.
29Why, then, do all of you show contempt for my sacrifice and offering that I've commanded for my dwelling? And you honor your sons more than me in order to fatten yourselves from the best of all the offerings of my people Israel.' 29Why, then, do you kick at My sacrifice and offering that I have prescribed for My dwelling place? You have honored your sons more than Me by fattening yourselves with the best of all the offerings of My people Israel.’
30"Therefore, the LORD God of Israel has declared, 'I did, in fact, say that your family and your ancestor's family would walk before me forever,' but now the LORD declares, 'Far be it from me! The one who honors me I'll honor, and the one who despises me is to be treated with contempt. 30Therefore, the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ’I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever. But now the LORD declares: Far be it from Me! For I will honor those who honor Me, but those who despise Me will be disdained.
31The time is coming when I'll cut away at your family and your ancestor's family until there are no old men left in your family. 31Behold, the days are coming when I will cut off your strength and the strength of your father’s house, so that no older man will be left in your house.
32Distress will settle down to live in your household, and despite all the good that I do for Israel, there will never be an old man in your family forever, and you will never again have an old man in my house.32You will see distress in My dwelling place. Despite all that is good in Israel, no one in your house will ever again reach old age.
33Any of you whom I don't eliminate from serving at my altar will grow tired from weeping, and their souls will grieve. All the increase of your family will die by violence.33And every one of you that I do not cut off from My altar, your eyes will fail and your heart will grieve. All your descendants will die in the prime of life.
34Here's a sign for you—your two sons Hophni and Phineas will both die on the same day! 34And this sign shall come to you concerning your two sons Hophni and Phinehas: They will both die on the same day.
35And I'll raise up for myself a faithful priest who will do according to what is in my heart and according to my desire. I'll build for him an enduring house and he will walk before my anointed one forever. 35Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest. He will do whatever is in My heart and mind. And I will build for him an enduring house, and he will walk before My anointed one for all time.
36Anyone who remains in your family will come and prostrate themselves before him for a small wage or a loaf of bread and will say, "Please put me in one of the priest's offices so I can eat a piece of bread."'"36And everyone left in your house will come and bow down to him for a piece of silver or a morsel of bread, pleading, “Please appoint me to some priestly office so that I can eat a piece of bread.”’”
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