Samuel 1:4-20 and 1 Samuel 2:1-10
On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to
his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters;
Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25
but to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her,
though the LORD had closed her womb.
Her rival used to provoke her severely, to irritate her, because
the LORD had closed her womb.
So it went on year by year; as often as she went up to the house
of the LORD, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and
would not eat.
Her husband Elkanah said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep?
Why do you not eat? Why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you
than ten sons?"
After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and
presented herself before the LORD. Now Eli the priest was
sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the
She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD, and wept
She made this vow: "O LORD of hosts, if only you will look
on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget
your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I
will set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his
death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor
shall touch his head."
As she continued praying before the LORD, Eli observed her
Hannah was praying silently; only her lips moved, but her voice
was not heard; therefore Eli thought she was drunk.
So Eli said to her, "How long will you make a drunken
spectacle of yourself? Put away your wine."
But Hannah answered, "No, my lord, I am a woman deeply
troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have
been pouring out my soul before the LORD.
Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for I have been
speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation all this
Then Eli answered, "Go in peace; the God of Israel grant
the petition you have made to him."
And she said, "Let your servant find favor in your
sight." Then the woman went to her quarters, ate and drank
with her husband, and her countenance was sad no longer.
They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD;
then they went back to their house at Ramah. Elkanah knew his
wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her.
In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him
Samuel, for she said, "I have asked him of the LORD."
Hannah prayed and said, "My heart exults in the LORD; my
strength is exalted in my God. My mouth derides my enemies,
because I rejoice in my victory.
"There is no Holy One like the LORD, no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your
mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions
The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but
those who were hungry are fat with spoil. The barren has borne
seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.
The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and
The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low, he also
He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the
ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of
honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and on them
he has set the world.
"He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the
wicked shall be cut off in darkness; for not by might does one
The LORD! His adversaries shall be shattered; the Most High will
thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he
will give strength to his king, and exalt the power of his
And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering
again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away
But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for
sins, "he sat down at the right hand of God,"
and since then has been waiting "until his enemies would be
made a footstool for his feet."
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who
And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,
"This is the covenant that I will make with them after
those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds,"
he also adds, "I will remember their sins and their lawless
deeds no more."
Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any
offering for sin.
Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the
sanctuary by the blood of Jesus,
by the new and living way that he opened for us through the
curtain (that is, through his flesh),
and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our
bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering,
for he who has promised is faithful.
And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good
not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but
encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day
As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him,
"Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large
Then Jesus asked him, "Do you see these great buildings?
Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown
When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple,
Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately,
"Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that
all these things are about to be accomplished?"
Then Jesus began to say to them, "Beware that no one leads
Many will come in my name and say, 'I am he!' and they will lead
When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed;
this must take place, but the end is still to come.
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will
be famines. This is but the beginning of the birthpangs.