prayed, and said:"My heart
exults in The LORD!My horn is exalted in The LORD.My mouth is enlarged over my enemies,because I rejoice in your salvation.
There is no one as holy as The LORD,For there is no one besides you,nor is there any rock like our God.
"Don't keep talking so exceedingly proudly.Don't let arrogance come out of your mouth,For the LORD is a God of knowledge.By him actions are weighed.
"The bows of the mighty men are broken.Those who stumbled are armed with strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread.Those who were hungry are satisfied.Yes, the barren
has borne seven.She who has many children languishes.
"The LORD kills, and makes alive.He brings down to Sheol, and brings up.
The LORD makes poor, and makes rich.He brings low, he also lifts up.
He raises up the poor out of the dust.He lifts up the needy from the dunghill,To make them sit with princes,and inherit the throne
of glory.For the pillars of the earth
are The LORD's.He has set the world on them.
He will keep the feet of his holy ones,but the wicked shall be put to silence in darkness;for no man shall prevail by strength.
Those who strive with the LORD shall be broken to pieces.He will thunder
against them in the sky."The LORD will judge
the ends of the earth.He will give strength to his king,and exalt the horn of his anointed."
went to Ramah to his house. The child
served the LORD before Eli the priest.
Now the sons of Eli were wicked men. They didn't know The LORD.
of the priests with the people was that when anyone offered a sacrifice, the priest's servant came while the meat was boiling, with a fork of three teeth in his hand;
and he stabbed it into the pan, or kettle, or cauldron, or pot. The priest
took all that the fork brought up for himself. So they did in Shiloh
to all the Israelites who came there.
Yes, before they burned the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man who sacrificed, "Give meat to roast for the priest; for he will not accept boiled meat from you, but raw."
If the man said to him, "Let the fat be burned first, and then take as much as your soul desires"; then he would say, "No, but you shall give it to me now; and if not, I will take it by force."
The sin of the young men was very great before The LORD; for the men despised the offering
of The LORD.
ministered before The LORD, being a child, clothed with a linen
Moreover his mother made him a little robe, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband
to offer the yearly sacrifice.
Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, "May the LORD give you offspring from this woman
for the petition which was asked of The LORD." Then they went to their own home.
The LORD visited Hannah, and she conceived, and bore three sons and two daughters. The child Samuel grew before The LORD.
Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons did to all Israel, and how that they slept with the women who served at the door of the Tent of Meeting.
He said to them, "Why do you do such things? for I hear of your evil dealings from all this people.
No, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear! You make The LORD's people disobey.
If one man sins against another, God will judge him; but if a man sins against The LORD, who will intercede for him?" Notwithstanding, they didn't listen to the voice of their father, because the LORD intended to kill them.
The child Samuel grew on, and increased in favor both with The LORD, and also with men.
A man of God came to Eli, and said to him, "The LORD says, 'Did I reveal myself to the house
of your father, when they were in Egypt
to Pharaoh's house?
Didn't I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel
to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod
before me? Didn't I give to the house of your father
all the offerings of the children of Israel made by fire?
Why do you
kick at my sacrifice
and at my offering, which I have commanded in my habitation, and honor your sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel my people?'
"Therefore The LORD, the God of Israel, says, 'I said indeed that your house, and the house of your father, should walk before me forever.' But now the LORD says, 'Far be it from me; for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me will be lightly esteemed.
Behold , the days come, that I will cut off your arm, and the arm of your father's house, that there will not be an old man in your house.
You will see the affliction of my habitation, in all the wealth which I will give Israel; and there shall not be an old man in your house forever.
The man of yours, whom I don't cut off from my altar, will consume your eyes
and grieve your heart; and all the increase of your house will die in the flower of their age.
"'This will be the sign to you, that will come on your two sons, on Hophni
and Phinehas: in one day they will both die.
I will raise me up a faithful
priest, that will do according to that which is in my heart and in my mind. I will build him a sure house; and he will walk before my anointed forever.
It will happen, that everyone who is left in your house will come and bow down to him for a piece of silver
and a loaf of bread, and will say, "Please put me into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a morsel of bread."'"