Rosh Hashanah Haftarah: 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10

This haftarah tells the story of the birth of Samuel.

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1:8.             Her husband Elkanah said to her, "Hannah, why are you crying and why aren't you eating? Why are you so sad? Am I not more devoted to you than ten sons?"

1:9.             After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose. -The priest Eli was sitting on the seat near the doorpost of the temple of the LORD. –

1:10.         In her wretchedness, she prayed to the LORD, weeping all the while.

1:11.         And she made this vow: "O LORD of Hosts, if You will look upon the suffering of Your maidservant and will remember me and not forget Your maidservant, and if You will grant Your maidservant a male child, I will dedicate him to the LORD for all the days of his life; and no razor shall ever touch his head."

1:12.         As she kept on praying before the LORD, Eli watched her mouth.

1:13.         Now Hannah was praying in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice could not be heard. So Eli thought she was drunk.

1:14.         Eli said to her, "How long will you make a drunken spectacle of yourself? "'Sober up!".

1:15.         And Hannah replied, "Oh no, my lord! I am a very unhappy woman. 1 have drunk no wine or other strong drink, but 1 have been pouring out my heart to the LORD.

1:16.         Do not take your maidservant for a worthless woman; 1 have only been speaking all this time out of my great anguish and distress."

1:17.         "Then go in peace," said Eli, "and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of Him."

1:18.         She answered, "You are most kind to your handmaid." So the woman left, and she ate, and was no longer downcast.

1:19.         Early next morning they bowed low before the LORD, and they went back home to Ramah.

1:20           Elkanah knew his wife Hannah and the LORD remembered her.

Hannah conceived, and at the turn of the year bore a son. She named him Samuel, meaning, "I asked the LORD for him."

1:21           And when the man Elkanah and all his household were going up to offer to the LORD the annual sacrifice and his votive sacrifice,

1:22           Hannah did not go up. She said to her husband, "When the child is weaned, I will bring him. For when he has appeared before the LORD, he must remain there for good."

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