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

This haftarah tells the story of the birth of Samuel.

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1:23           Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Do as you think best. Stay home until you have weaned him. May the LORD fulfill His word.” So the woman stayed home and nursed her son until she weaned him.

1:24           When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with three bulls, one ephah of flour, and a jar of wine. And though the boy was still very young, she brought him to the House of the LORD at Shiloh.

1:25           After slaughtering the bull, they brought the boy to Eli.

1:26           She said, "Please, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you and prayed to the LORD.

1:27           It was this boy I prayed for; and the LORD has granted me what I asked of Him.

1:28           I, in turn, hereby lend him to the LORD. For as long as he lives he is lent to the LORD." And they  bowed low there before the LORD. 

2:1               And Hannah prayed:

            My heart exults in the LORD;

Ihave triumphed through the LORD.

I gloat over my enemies;

I rejoice in Your deliverance.

2:2               There is no holy one like the LORD,

Truly, there is none beside You;

There is no rock like our God.

2:3               Talk no more with lofty pride,

Let no arrogance cross your lips!

For the LORD is an all-knowing God;

By Him actions are measured.

2:4               The bows of the mighty are broken,

            And the faltering are girded with strength.

2:5               Men once sated must hire out for bread;

            Men once hungry hunger no more.

While the barren woman bears seven,

The mother of many is forlorn.

2:6               The LORD deals death and gives life,

            Casts down into Sheol and raises up.

2:7               The LORD makes poor and makes rich;

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