Hannah desired a child for a long time but was not able to conceive. One year when she and her husband went up to the Temple she wept bitterly as she prayed to the Lord, stating that if God would grant her a son she would give him to the Lord all the days of his life.

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“After a long time Judah’s wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had recovered from his grief, he went up to Timnah, to the men who were shearing his sheep, and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went with him.

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Inside the most Holy Place of God's sanctuary, God had Moses place an Ark covered with gold. God commanded that three items be placed inside this ark. One item was Aaron's rod that budded.

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“So the LORD said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.’

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