1 Samuel 1:5

“But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But vnto Hannah he gaue a worthy portion: (for he loued Hannah, but the Lord had shut vp her wombe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the LORD had closed her womb.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but unto Hannah he gave a double portion; for he loved Hannah, but Jehovah had shut up her womb.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But to Hannah he gave one part, though Hannah was very dear to him, but the Lord had not let her have children.
- Basic English Bible

but to Hannah he used to give a double portion, for he loved Hannah; but Jehovah had shut up her womb.
- Darby Bible

But to Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah; but the LORD had rendered her barren.
- Webster's Bible

but to Hannah he gave a double portion; for he loved Hannah, but Yahweh had shut up her womb.
- World English Bible

and to Hannah he giveth a certain portion -- double, for he hath loved Hannah, and Jehovah hath shut her womb;
- Youngs Literal Bible

but unto Hannah he gave a double portion; for he loved Hannah, but the LORD had shut up her womb.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 1:5


1:5 Shut up her womb - Yet Elkanah did not withdraw his love from her. To abate out just love to any relation, for the sake of any infirmity which they cannot help, is to add affliction to the afflicted.


Discussion for 1 Samuel 1

  • A disciple
    The nature of a bully is to abuse others in order to dominate them with cruelty and fear. The man or woman of God who walks in truth and speaks the truth to his or her neighbor, is then slandered and castigated by the immature and the selfish, who are unaccustomed to being corrected, and offended by wholesome teaching. Its not "religious oppression" to prod your brethren on to perfection!
  • BSP
    Verse 6: Peninnah bullied Hannah because she was jealous of her. This attitude is looked down upon here and it shows how Jehovah God views bullying.
  • Shine
    Four biblical steps we can learn from 1 Samuel 1
    1.She kept her promise to God
    2.She went to church
    3.She gave special offering - I Samuel 1 : 25
    4.She sang a Christian song 😃"There is none holy as the Lord there's none besides thee"
    Many of us we ask God to bless, but we don't keep our promise.
    Examples : God give a job and I will pay my tithe, do we pay it faithfully?



  • Anne
    I made a commitment to God and I believe he blessed me accordingly. Hannah made a commitment (vow) to God and he blessed her. Ps. 37:4 says 'delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give you the desires of your heart'.
  • Art
    This is a woman (Hannah) who loves God with all her Heart, Soul and Mind ask our God for a request and because God believed her he granted her request..basically LOVE ALWAYS CONQUERS ALL
  • BSP
    Hannah's circumstances had not changed in verse 18, but her viewpoint is what changed. We can choose to focus on the problem or we can focus on positive things like Hannah.

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