Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day

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1 Samuel 1

Elkanah and His Wives

 1Now there was a certain man from (A)Ramathaim-zophim from the (B)hill country of Ephraim, and his name was (C)Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.
 2He had (D)two wives: the name of one was (E)Hannah and the name of the other Peninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

 3Now this man would go up from his city (F)yearly (G)to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts in (H)Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests to the LORD there.

 4When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he (I)would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and her daughters;

 5but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, (J)but the LORD had closed her womb.

 6Her rival, however, (K)would provoke her bitterly to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb.

 7It happened year after year, as often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she would provoke her; so she wept and would not eat.

 8Then Elkanah her husband said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep and why do you not eat and why is your heart sad? (L)Am I not better to you than ten sons?"

 9Then Hannah rose after eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of (M)the temple of the LORD.

 10She, greatly distressed, prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly.

 11She (N)made a vow and said, "O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed (O)look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and (P)a razor shall never come on his head."

 12Now it came about, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli was watching her mouth.

 13As for Hannah, (Q)she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk.

 14Then Eli said to her, "(R)How long will you make yourself drunk? Put away your wine from you."

 15But Hannah replied, "No, my lord, I am a woman oppressed in spirit; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I (S)have poured out my soul before the LORD.

 16"Do not consider your maidservant as a worthless woman, for I have spoken until now out of my great concern and provocation."

 17Then Eli answered and said, "(T)Go in peace; and may the God of Israel (U)grant your petition that you have asked of Him."

 18She said, "(V)Let your maidservant find favor in your sight " So the woman went her way and ate, and (W)her face was no longer sad.

Samuel Is Born to Hannah

 19Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD, and returned again to their house in (X)Ramah And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and (Y)the LORD remembered her.
 20It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, "(Z)Because I have asked him of the LORD."

 21Then the man Elkanah (AA)went up with all his household to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice and pay his vow.

 22But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, "I will not go up until the child is weaned; then I will (AB)bring him, that he may appear before the LORD and (AC)stay there forever."

 23(AD)Elkanah her husband said to her, "Do what seems best to you Remain until you have weaned him; only (AE)may the LORD confirm His word." So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him.

 24Now when she had weaned him, (AF)she took him up with her, with a three-year-old bull and one ephah of flour and a jug of wine, and brought him to (AG)the house of the LORD in Shiloh, although the child was young.

 25Then (AH)they slaughtered the bull, and (AI)brought the boy to Eli.

 26She said, "Oh, my lord! (AJ)As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the LORD.

 27"(AK)For this boy I prayed, and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of Him.

 28"(AL)So I have also [a]dedicated him to the LORD; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the LORD " And (AM)he worshiped the LORD there.

1 Samuel 2

Hannah's Song of Thanksgiving

 1Then Hannah (AN)prayed and said,
         "My heart exults in the LORD;
         (AO)My horn is exalted in the LORD,
         My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,
         Because (AP)I rejoice in Your salvation. 
    2"(AQ)There is no one holy like the LORD,
         Indeed, (AR)there is no one besides You,
         (AS)Nor is there any rock like our God. 
    3"Boast no more so very proudly,
         (AT)Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;
         (AU)For the LORD is a God of knowledge,
         (AV)And with Him actions are weighed. 
    4"(AW)The bows of the mighty are shattered,
         (AX)But the feeble gird on strength. 
    5"Those who were full hire themselves out for bread,
         But those who were hungry cease to hunger.
         (AY)Even the barren gives birth to seven,
         But (AZ)she who has many children languishes. 
    6"(BA)The LORD kills and makes alive;
         (BB)He brings down to Sheol and raises up. 
    7"(BC)The LORD makes poor and rich;
         (BD)He brings low, He also exalts. 
    8"(BE)He raises the poor from the dust,
         (BF)He lifts the needy from the ash heap
         (BG)To make them sit with nobles,
         And inherit a seat of honor;
         (BH)For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S,
         And He set the world on them. 
    9"(BI)He keeps the feet of His godly ones,
         (BJ)But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
         (BK)For not by might shall a man prevail. 
    10"(BL)Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered;
         (BM)Against them He will thunder in the heavens,
         (BN)The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
         (BO)And He will give strength to His king,
         (BP)And will exalt the horn of His anointed."
 11Then Elkanah went to his home at (BQ)Ramah (BR)But the boy ministered to the LORD before Eli the priest.

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