1 Samuel Chapter 1
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11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.
24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young.
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Matthew Henry's 1 Samuel Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
In this book we have an account of Eli, and the wickedness of his sons; also of Samuel, his character and actions. Then of the advancement of Saul to be the king of Israel, and his ill behaviour, until his death made way for David's succession to the throne, who was an eminent type of Christ. David's patience, modesty, constancy, persecution by open enemies and feigned friends, are a pattern and example to the church, and to every member of it. Many things in this book encourage the faith, hope, and patience of the suffering believer. It contains also many useful cautions and awful warnings.Elkanah and his family. (1-8) Hannah's prayer. (9-18) Samuel, Hannah presents him to the Lord. (19-28)1-8 Elkanah kept up his attendance at God's altar, notwithstanding the unhappy differences in his family. If the devotions of a family prevail not to put an end to its divisions, yet let not the divisions put a stop to the devotions. To abate our just love to any relation for the sake of any infirmity which they cannot help, and which is their affliction, is to make God's providence quarrel with his precept, and very unkindly to add affliction to the afflicted. It is evidence of a base disposition, to delight in grieving those who are of a sorrowful spirit, and in putting those out of humour who are apt to fret and be uneasy. We ought to bear one another's burdens, not add to them. Hannah could not bear the provocation. Those who are of a fretful spirit, and are apt to lay provocations too much to heart, are enemies to themselves, and strip themselves of many comforts both of life and godliness. We ought to notice comforts, to keep us from grieving for crosses. We should look at that which is for us, as well as what is against us.
9-18 Hannah mingled tears with her prayers; she considered the mercy of our God, who knows the troubled soul. God gives us leave, in prayer, not only to ask good things in general, but to mention that special good thing we most need and desire. She spoke softly, none could hear her. Hereby she testified her belief of God's knowledge of the heart and its desires. Eli was high priest, and judge in Israel. It ill becomes us to be rash and hasty in censures of others, and to think people guilty of bad things while the matter is doubtful and unproved. Hannah did not retort the charge, and upbraid Eli with the wicked conduct of his own sons. When we are at any time unjustly censured, we have need to set a double watch before the door of our lips, that we do not return censure for censure. Hannah thought it enough to clear herself, and so must we. Eli was willing to acknowledge his mistake. Hannah went away with satisfaction of mind. She had herself by prayer committed her case to God, and Eli had prayed for her. Prayer is heart's ease to a gracious soul. Prayer will smooth the countenance; it should do so. None will long remain miserable, who use aright the privilege of going to the mercy-seat of a reconciled God in Christ Jesus.
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.
Nish313's 1 Samuel Chapter 1 comment on 5/23/2013, 9:40am...
I am a woman who do know exactly how Hannah feel. I have been barren for a while and have been praying to God to bless me with children. I do believe that He is about to bless me this year and open my womb. I visited a Church this sunday and the Bishop prophesied to me and told me that God said He is going to answer my prayers that I been praying for something personal. I knew that it was God speaking to me, that Bishop have never seen, or spoken to me... God is good and Faithful.
Sepeko's 1 Samuel Chapter 1 comment about verse 15 on 5/20/2013, 8:39am...
I'm also a woman whose heartbroken & I'm pouring my heart to the Lord. This scriptures showed me that prayer is powerful & no matter the circumstances one must not stop praying.
Al's 1 Samuel Chapter 1 comment on 4/28/2013, 2:34pm...
The sermon in church this morning (4/28/2013) was on Hannah and covered all of chapter one and the first 10 verses of chapter 2 and it was amazing to see that God put her in the valley in the means of a test to see if she would trust him to pull her through.
Bravotango60's 1 Samuel Chapter 1 comment on 4/08/2013, 11:49am...
I just began a study of David but it basically covers 1/2 Samuel! What a great start to the study material! The faithfulness of Elkanah and his family to travel each year to Shiloh to offer sacrifices to God should not be overlooked. I never really knew the story of Hannah but this was an amazing journey thru this chapter. Her faithfulness through some very difficult times is just amazing culminating in her vow to God and subsequent answer that was received in the form of Samuel! I am eager for chapter 2 this evening!
Anil Sam's 1 Samuel Chapter 1 comment about verse 8 on 4/08/2013, 2:35am...
I can understand here that Elcana the real husband console Hannah and proving his sincerity to his wife who do not have kids.
Here we have to think ourselves that several time we had bitter experience such cases and how we all were handled it.I can assure here that Elkanah walked always with God.
Anonymous's 1 Samuel Chapter 1 comment on 3/21/2013, 3:21pm...
Bringing GOD's words into ur heart
Hannah's 1 Samuel Chapter 1 comment about verse 19 on 3/14/2013, 12:57am...
And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
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