1 Samuel 1:19-28 (NRSV)
Hannah presents Samuel to God
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 man Elkanah and all his household went up to offer to the
Lord the yearly sacrifice, and to pay his vow. But Hannah did not go
up, for she said to her husband, "As soon as the child is weaned, I will
bring him, that he may appear in the presence of the Lord, and remain
there forever; I will offer him as a nazirite for all time." Her
husband Elkanah said to her, "Do what seems best to you, wait until you
have weaned him; only may the Lord establish his word." So the woman
remained and nursed her son, until she weaned him. When she had weaned
him, she took him up with her, along with a three year old bull, an
ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought him to the house of the
Lord at Shiloh; and the child was young. Then they slaughtered the
bull, and they brought the child to Eli. 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. For this child I prayed; and the Lord
has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent
him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord."
She left him there for the Lord.