1:11 She made a vow saying, “O Lord of hosts, if you will look with compassion 1 on the suffering of your female servant, 2 remembering me and not forgetting your servant, and give a male child 3 to your servant, then I will dedicate him to the Lord all the days of his life. His hair will never be cut.” 4
1:12 As she continued praying to 5 the Lord, Eli was watching her mouth. 1:13 Now Hannah was speaking from her heart. Although her lips were moving, her voice was inaudible. Eli therefore thought she was drunk.
1 tn Heb “if looking you look.” The expression can refer, as here, to looking favorably upon another, in this case with compassion.
3 tn Heb “seed of men.”
4 tn Heb “a razor will not go up upon his head.”
5 tc Heb “before.” Many medieval Hebrew manuscripts read “to.”