1 Samuel 1:26
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New International Version
and she said to him, "Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD.

New Living Translation
"Sir, do you remember me?" Hannah asked. "I am the woman who stood here several years ago praying to the LORD.

English Standard Version
And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
She said, "Oh, my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the LORD.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Please, my lord," she said, "as sure as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD.

International Standard Version
Hannah said, "Sir, as surely as you are alive, I'm the woman who stood before you here praying to the LORD.

NET Bible
She said, "Just as surely as you are alive, my lord, I am the woman who previously stood here with you in order to pray to the LORD.

New Heart English Bible
She said, "Oh, my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Sir," Hannah said, "as sure as you live, I'm the woman who stood here next to you and prayed to the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

New American Standard 1977
And she said, “Oh, my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul lives, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
And she said, Oh my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman that stood by you here, praying unto the LORD.

American King James Version
And she said, Oh my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman that stood by you here, praying to the LORD.

American Standard Version
And she said, Oh, my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Anna said: I beseech thee, my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord: I am that woman who stood before thee here praying to the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And she said, Oh my lord, [as] thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here to pray to Jehovah.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
And she said, O my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying to the LORD.

World English Bible
She said, "Oh, my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
and she saith, 'O, my lord, thy soul liveth! my lord, I am the woman who stood with thee in this place, to pray unto Jehovah;
Study Bible
The Birth of Samuel
25Then they slaughtered the bull, and brought the boy to Eli. 26She said, "Oh, my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the LORD. 27"For this boy I prayed, and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of Him.…
Cross References
2 Kings 2:2
Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here please, for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel." But Elisha said, "As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel.

2 Kings 2:4
Elijah said to him, "Elisha, please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to Jericho." But he said, "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they came to Jericho.

2 Kings 4:30
The mother of the lad said, "As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." And he arose and followed her.
Treasury of Scripture

And she said, Oh my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman that stood by you here, praying to the LORD.

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(26) O my lord, as thy soul liveth.--"This oath is peculiar to the Books of Samuel, in which it occurs six times, and to the Books of Kings, in which, however, it is found only once. The similar oath, as Pharaoh liveth (by the life of Pharaoh), occurs in Genesis 42:15; and as the Lord liveth is found almost exclusively in the books of which Judges is the first and 2 Kings the last, being especially frequent in the Books of Samuel. This accords with the fact of the age of the Judges and Saul being characteristically the age of vows."--Speaker's Commentary.

And she said, O my lord,.... According to the Targum, it is a supplication or request, I beseech thee, my lord; that is, to look upon her son, and take him under his care as his disciple or scholar, to instruct him in the law of God, and enter him into his service; to which Eli might be very backward and indifferent, and even treat it with some degree of contempt, that such a young Levite should be brought to him, when the soonest the Levites were admitted was at twenty five years of age:

as thy soul liveth, my lord; which Ben Gersom takes for the form of an oath, as if she swore to the truth of what follows by the life of the high priest; but as it was forbidden to swear by any but by the living God, by his life, it cannot be thought so good a woman as Hannah would be guilty of such a sinful and Heathenish practice; this rather is a wish or prayer for his life and health, and the continuance thereof, to bring up her son in the exercise of true religion:

I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord: by which it appears that Eli was now at the tabernacle, and in the same place he was, 1 Samuel 1:9 when she was some years ago praying near him, at the distance of four cubits, as the Jews say: she takes no notice of his mistaking her for a drunken woman, nor of his censure on her, and the reproof he gave her; but puts him in mind only of her praying to the Lord standing near to him, which made him take the more notice of her; standing is a prayer posture; the Jews say there is no standing but what is prayer, or prayer is meant by it; See Gill on Matthew 6:5. 1:19-28 Elkanah and his family had a journey before them, and a family of children to take with them, yet they would not move till they had worshipped God together. Prayer and provender do not hinder a journey. When men are in such haste to set out upon journeys, or to engage in business, that they have not time to worship God, they are likely to proceed without his presence and blessing. Hannah, though she felt a warm regard for the courts of God's house, begged to stay at home. God will have mercy, and not sacrifice. Those who are detained from public ordinances, by the nursing and tending of little children, may take comfort from this instance, and believe, that if they do that duty in a right spirit, God will graciously accept them therein. Hannah presented her child to the Lord with a grateful acknowledgment of his goodness in answer to prayer. Whatever we give to God, it is what we have first asked and received from him. All our gifts to him were first his gifts to us. The child Samuel early showed true piety. Little children should be taught to worship God when very young. Their parents should teach them in it, bring them to it, and put them on doing it as well as they can; God will graciously accept them, and will teach them to do better.
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