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- - CONTENTS, - - I, SAMUEL. II. SAMUEL. I. KINGS. II. KINGS. I. CHRONICLES. II. CHRONICLES.

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, INTRODUCTION. " . * * HIS Book contains the history of the last two judges, Eli and

•. Samuel ; and of Saul, the first king of Israel 5 including a - fieriod of about eighty years, A considerable fart of it was written by - Samuel himself, harticularly what concerned Eli and his own times, and was continued by Nathan, or Gad, or some other inefired frosthet,

C CHAP. I.

Contains an account of the family of Samuel, and his mother's grief before he was born ; Hannah's prayer and vow for the removal of her grief; the answer to her frayer ; the birth of her son; and the performance of her vow, by the dedication of Samuel to God,

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1. OW 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
2 Zuph, an Ephrathite : 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. His first
wife was barren, he therefore took another ; a custom which was
tolerated in those days; by this wife he had many children, but in
3 other things she was a torment to him. And this man went up
out of the city yearly, according to the law, to worship and to
sacrifice unto the LoRn of hosts in Shiloh, where the ark and the
tabernacle were. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phine-
has, the priests of the Lord, [were] there; though they were
wicked, he did not neglect his duty because he did not like the
firiest, but came to offer frayer and thanksgiving, and such sacri-
fices as were suitable to the occasion, which firobably was the flass-
4 over. And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to
Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, poro

.." Elkanah was a Levite of Ramah, or Arimathea, of the most honourable house of the bribe of Levi. -

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