THE BIBLE - KING JAMES VERSION - BOOK 9
THE BIBLE - KING JAMES VERSION - BOOK 9
Book 09 1 Samuel
09:001:001 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim of mount
Ephraim and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham the son
of Elihu the son of Tohu the son of Zuph an Ephrathite:
09:001:002 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah and the
name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children but
Hannah had no children.
09:001:003 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to
sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons
of Eli Hophni and Phinehas the priests of the LORD were
09:001:004 And when the time was that Elkanah offered he gave to
Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and her daughters
09:001:005 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah:
but the LORD had shut up her womb.
09:001:006 And her adversary also provoked her sore for to make her
fret because the LORD had shut up her womb.
09:001:007 And as he did so year by year when she went up to the house
of the LORD so she provoked her; therefore she wept and did
09:001:008 Then said Elkanah her husband to her Hannah why weepest
thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved?
am not I better to thee than ten sons?
09:001:009 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh and after
they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post
of the temple of the LORD.
09:001:010 And she was in bitterness of soul and prayed unto the LORD
and wept sore.
09:001:011 And she vowed a vow and said O LORD of hosts if thou wilt
indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid and remember
me and not forget thine handmaid but wilt give unto thine
handmaid a man child then I will give him unto the LORD all
the days of his life and there shall no razor come upon his
09:001:012 And it came to pass as she continued praying before the LORD
that Eli marked her mouth.
09:001:013 Now Hannah she spake in her heart; only her lips moved but
her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been
09:001:014 And Eli said unto her How long wilt thou be drunken? put away
thy wine from thee.
09:001:015 And Hannah answered and said No my lord I am a woman of a
sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink
but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
09:001:016 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of
the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken
09:001:017 Then Eli answered and said Go in peace: and the God of Israel
grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
09:001:018 And she said Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So
the woman went her way and did eat and her countenance was
no more sad.
09:001:019 And they rose up in the morning early and worshipped before
the LORD and returned and came to their house to Ramah: and
Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
09:001:020 Wherefore it came to pass when the time was come about after
Hannah had conceived that she bare a son and called his name
Samuel saying Because I have asked him of the LORD.
09:001:021 And the man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer unto
the LORD the yearly sacrifice and his vow.
09:001:022 But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband I will
not go up until the child be weaned and then I will bring
him that he may appear before the LORD and there abide for
09:001:023 And Elkanah her husband said unto her Do what seemeth thee
good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD
establish his word. So the woman abode and gave her son suck
until she weaned him.
09:001:024 And when she had weaned him she took him up with her with
three bullocks and one ephah of flour and a bottle of wine
and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the
child was young.
09:001:025 And they slew a bullock and brought the child to Eli.
09:001:026 And she said Oh my lord as thy soul liveth my lord I am
the woman that stood by thee here praying unto the LORD.
09:001:027 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my
petition which I asked of him:
09:001:028 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he
liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the
09:002:001 And Hannah prayed and said My heart rejoiceth in the LORD
mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over
mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
09:002:002 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee:
neither is there any rock like our God.
09:002:003 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out
of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge and by him
actions are weighed.
09:002:004 The bows of the mighty men are broken and they that stumbled
are girded with strength.
09:002:005 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and
they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born
seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.
09:002:006 The LORD killeth and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the
grave and bringeth up.
09:002:007 The LORD maketh poor and maketh rich: he bringeth low and
09:002:008 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust and lifteth up the
beggar from the dunghill to set them among princes and to
make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the
earth are the LORD's and he hath set the world upon them.
09:002:009 He will keep the feet of his saints and the wicked shall be
silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
09:002:010 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of
heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the
ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king
and exalt the horn of his anointed.
09:002:011 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did
minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.
09:002:012 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the
09:002:013 And the priest's custom with the people was that when any
man offered sacrifice the priest's servant came while the
flesh was in seething with a fleshhook of three teeth in his
09:002:014 And he struck it into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot;
all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself.
So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came
09:002:015 Also before they burnt the fat the priest's servant came and
said to the man that sacrificed Give flesh to roast for the
priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee but raw.
09:002:016 And if any man said unto him Let them not fail to burn the
fat presently and then take as much as thy soul desireth;
then he would answer him Nay; but thou shalt give it me now:
and if not I will take it by force.
09:002:017 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the
LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.
09:002:018 But Samuel ministered before the LORD being a child girded
with a linen ephod.
09:002:019 Moreover his mother made him a little coat and brought it to
him from year to year when she came up with her husband to
offer the yearly sacrifice.
09:002:020 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife and said The LORD give
thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the
LORD. And they went unto their own home.
09:002:021 And the LORD visited Hannah so that she conceived and bare
three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before
09:002:022 Now Eli was very old and heard all that his sons did unto all
Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the
door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
09:002:023 And he said unto them Why do ye such things? for I hear of
your evil dealings by all this people.
09:002:024 Nay my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make
the LORD's people to transgress.
09:002:025 If one man sin against another the judge shall judge him: but
if a man sin against the LORD who shall intreat for him?
Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their
father because the LORD would slay them.
09:002:026 And the child Samuel grew on and was in favour both with the
LORD and also with men.
09:002:027 And there came a man of God unto Eli and said unto him Thus
saith the LORD Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy
father when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house?
09:002:028 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my
priest to offer upon mine altar to burn incense to wear an
ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father
all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel?
09:002:029 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering which
I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons
above me to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the
offerings of Israel my people?
09:002:030 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith I said indeed that thy
house and the house of thy father should walk before me for
ever: but now the LORD saith Be it far from me; for them that
honour me I will honour and they that despise me shall be
09:002:031 Behold the days come that I will cut off thine arm and the
arm of thy father's house that there shall not be an old man
in thine house.
09:002:032 And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation in all the
wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an
old man in thine house for ever.
09:002:033 And the man of thine whom I shall not cut off from mine
altar shall be to consume thine eyes and to grieve thine
heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the
flower of their age.
09:002:034 And this shall be a sign unto thee that shall come upon thy
two sons on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die
both of them.
09:002:035 And I will raise me up a faithful priest that shall do
according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I
will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine
anointed for ever.
09:002:036 And it shall come to pass that every one that is left in
thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver
and a morsel of bread and shall say Put me I pray thee
into one of the priests' offices that I may eat a piece of
09:003:001 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And
the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no
09:003:002 And it came to pass at that time when Eli was laid down in
his place and his eyes began to wax dim that he could not
09:003:003 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD
where the ark of God was and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
09:003:004 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered Here am I.
09:003:005 And he ran unto Eli and said Here am I; for thou calledst
me. And he said I called not; lie down again. And he went and
09:003:006 And the LORD called yet again Samuel. And Samuel arose and
went to Eli and said Here am I; for thou didst call me. And
he answered I called not my son; lie down again.
09:003:007 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD neither was the word of
the LORD yet revealed unto him.
09:003:008 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose
and went to Eli and said Here am I; for thou didst call me.
And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.
09:003:009 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel Go lie down: and it shall be
if he call thee that thou shalt say Speak LORD; for thy
servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
09:003:010 And the LORD came and stood and called as at other times
Samuel Samuel. Then Samuel answered Speak; for thy servant
09:003:011 And the LORD said to Samuel Behold I will do a thing in
Israel at which both the ears of every one that heareth it
09:003:012 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have
spoken concerning his house: when I begin I will also make an
09:003:013 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for
the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made
themselves vile and he restrained them not.
09:003:014 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli that the
iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor
offering for ever.
09:003:015 And Samuel lay until the morning and opened the doors of the
house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.
09:003:016 Then Eli called Samuel and said Samuel my son. And he
answered Here am I.
09:003:017 And he said What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto
thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee and
more also if thou hide any thing from me of all the things
that he said unto thee.
09:003:018 And Samuel told him every whit and hid nothing from him. And
he said It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.
09:003:019 And Samuel grew and the LORD was with him and did let none
of his words fall to the ground.
09:003:020 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was
established to be a prophet of the LORD.
09:003:021 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed
himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.
09:004:001 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out
against the Philistines to battle and pitched beside
Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek.
09:004:002 And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel:
and when they joined battle Israel was smitten before the
Philistines: and they slew of the army in the field about four
09:004:003 And when the people were come into the camp the elders of
Israel said Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to day before
the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the
LORD out of Shiloh unto us that when it cometh among us it
may save us out of the hand of our enemies.
09:004:004 So the people sent to Shiloh that they might bring from
thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts which
dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli
Hophni and Phinehas were there with the ark of the covenant
09:004:005 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the
camp all Israel shouted with a great shout so that the earth
09:004:006 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout they
said What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp
of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the LORD
was come into the camp.
09:004:007 And the Philistines were afraid for they said God is come
into the camp. And they said Woe unto us! for there hath not
been such a thing heretofore.
09:004:008 Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these
mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with
all the plagues in the wilderness.
09:004:009 Be strong and quit yourselves like men O ye Philistines that
ye be not servants unto the Hebrews as they have been to you:
quit yourselves like men and fight.
09:004:010 And the Philistines fought and Israel was smitten and they
fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great
slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.
09:004:011 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli Hophni
and Phinehas were slain.
09:004:012 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army and came to
Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent and with earth upon
09:004:013 And when he came lo Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside
watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when
the man came into the city and told it all the city cried
09:004:014 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying he said What
meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily
and told Eli.
09:004:015 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim
that he could not see.
09:004:016 And the man said unto Eli I am he that came out of the army
and I fled to day out of the army. And he said What is there
done my son?
09:004:017 And the messenger answered and said Israel is fled before the
Philistines and there hath been also a great slaughter among
the people and thy two sons also Hophni and Phinehas are
dead and the ark of God is taken.
09:004:018 And it came to pass when he made mention of the ark of God
that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the
gate and his neck brake and he died: for he was an old man
and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.
09:004:019 And his daughter in law Phinehas' wife was with child near
to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark
of God was taken and that her father in law and her husband
were dead she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came
09:004:020 And about the time of her death the women that stood by her
said unto her Fear not; for thou hast born a son. But she
answered not neither did she regard it.
09:004:021 And she named the child Ichabod saying The glory is departed
from Israel: because the ark of God was taken and because of
her father in law and her husband.
09:004:022 And she said The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark
of God is taken.
09:005:001 And the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from
Ebenezer unto Ashdod.
09:005:002 When the Philistines took the ark of God they brought it into
the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.
09:005:003 And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow behold
Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of
the LORD. And they took Dagon and set him in his place again.
09:005:004 And when they arose early on the morrow morning behold Dagon
was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the
LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands
were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was
left to him.
09:005:005 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor any that come into
Dagon's house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto