1 Samuel Chapter 1

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1 Samuel 1

1Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:

2And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

3And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.

4And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:

5But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.

6And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.

7And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

8Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?

9So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.

10And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.

11And 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.

12And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.

13Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.

14And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.

15And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.

16Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

17Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

18And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

19And 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.

20Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.

21And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.

22But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever.

23And 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.

24And 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.

25And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.

26And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.

27For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:

28Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.

35 thoughts on “1 Samuel Chapter 1

  1. A Closed Womb
    1 Sa 1:1-2

    In Hebrew society, one of the greatest tragedies that could befall a woman was to be barren. We have seen it over and over again in Scripture how big of a deal it is. The Hebrews knew that children are a blessing from God (Ps 127:3-5). The reverse of this, they assumed, was that a lack of children was a curse. So was God actually cursing Hannah by causing her infertility? Scripture does state that God had “closed” Hannah’s womb in vs5, but their is no indication if it was the the result of a curse. In today’s culture, we would probably say that God allowed but didn’t cause Hannah’s infertility. Other Old Testament women who are described as barren include Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel. Each of these these women recieved a child (or children) after seeking God. God may not answer every childless women as he did Hannah or these other women, yet even then, we can trust God in healing- healing the brokenhearted (Ps 147:3).

    I am reminded of John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. KJV

    A closed womb doesnt mean that one is cursed, that she or her husband has sinned, it could just be to give God glory whenever the womb does become fertile such as in Hannah’s case. God had closed Hannah’s womb so that she would cry out to the Lord for fertility, and promise her son Samuel to beome His vessel for the rest of his life. God has it down pat we just have to cry out to God to open us up and let his Spirit flow in.

  2. Vs 17 -18 Hannah had poured out her heart to the Lord for an answer. Once a word came she was happy and began to eat again. She left in the confidence that God would be true to his word. We too should walk in the confidence of the Gospel and not be sorrowful, but have joy in the Lord.

  3. 17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

    18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

    She believed the word give by her spiritual leader for it says that she did eat and her countenance was no more sad. Her actions showed her Faith. She no longer doubted, but went her way with her daily routines without sadness. We need to believe when God is going to do something, just like her we need to take actions upon the word.

  4. iEat the Word for Breakfast

    “Let the Man of God Control You”

    26And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.

    “my lord” H113
    אדן אדון
    ‘âdôn ‘âdôn
    aw-done’, aw-done’
    From an unused root (meaning to rule); sovereign, that is, controller (human or divine): – lord, master, owner. Compare also names beginning with “Adoni-”.

    ***Look at the respect and Honor Hannah showed to the preacher. This is the same respect and honor that Sarah showed Abraham.

    1 Peter 34 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

    6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement

    When we humble ourselves and respect our preacher, we allow him to be “a ruler” in our lives and we open ourselves up to the blessings he speaks over us.

    **********”my lord” H113*********
    אדן אדון
    ‘âdôn ‘âdôn
    aw-done’, aw-done’
    From an unused root (meaning to rule); sovereign, that is, controller (human or divine): – lord, master, owner. Compare also names beginning with “Adoni-”.

  5. stay under the protection of the man of God obey him and you will be blessed some blessing only come with a travealing spirit

  6. 17. Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

    Luke 18:5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

    Never give up!

  7. 1 Samuel 1:10-11 KJV

    And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. 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

    1 Samuel 1:26-28 KJV

    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. For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.

    Hannah cried out to God and made vow unto God. God answered her prayer. Hannah remembered her vow and lent her son the Lord.

  8. THE PAIN OF AN ADVERSARY

    6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
    7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

    For most people the deepest pains of life are the pains we can do nothing about. Hanna longed and pained for a child; but the LORD had shut up her womb. This pain in life is no doubt one the deepest to deal with emotionally. As in Hanna’s case it usually does not stop there. Here comes the adversary.

    Adversary – 6869. tsarah, tsaw-raw´; tightness (i.e. figuratively, trouble); transitively, a female rival:—adversary, adversity, affliction, anguish, distress, tribulation, trouble.

    Her adversary provoked her; as if the pain of her delema was not enough.

    Provoked – 3707. kaw-as´; a primitive root; to trouble; by implication, to grieve, rage, be indignant:—be angry, be grieved, take indignation, provoke (to anger, unto wrath), have sorrow, vex, be wroth.

    Some other woman threw her opinion in or asked her about her children. Emotional pain will push us in one of two directions:

    ANGER

    or

    PRAYER

    Hanna chose PRAYER and GOD granted her request. Choose today to lay down the sword and pick up the sickle. Lets clear a path by PRAYER.

    iPray
    iWork

    • Thank you Pastor for you have taught us to in everything go to prayer. For myself I can only say that the pain of losing my son only began to heal when I finally forgave & started praying about the child accidentally killed my son.

  9. She tarried long enough for the ord to work for her. Gods will alighned wih hers this time. I was reminded of Brother Bowers sermon on Wednesday, that God doesnt look at the clock the same way that w do. When Abraam was waiting for a son Im sure that he didnt expect it to take as long as it did. God knows when we can handle our blessing and when it would be too much for us.

  10. 17-19Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. 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.

    God still works this way today! I am reminded of when I received my promise for a baby about 3 years ago in august. I wrote it down and dated it so that I wouldn’t forget because I knew it was a promise from the Lord. I still had to wait over six months before finding out I was pregnant but during that time a woman of God told me at the altar to praise God like my promise had already happened anytime I thought about it. The Lord is good!

  11. 1:27 I prayed for this child,and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.
    —–
    Psalm.62:8 Trust in him at all times,O People;
    Pour out your hearts to him,for God is our refuge.
    —–
    Ecclesiastes3:1 There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under heaven.
    —-You are right Maria,and brother Northcut and pastor Watts….
    The time will come……
    LORD HAVE MERCY!!!!🎢

  12. iEat the Word for lunch

    “Sometimes Two is One Too Many”

    6And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.

    You would have thought that this guy would have learned from Abraham about the warfare of having more than one wife.

    LESSONS IN LIFE YOUNG MEN, YOU ONLY NEED ONE WIFE.

  13. God wants our problems and pain bt we first have to give them to Him and not pick them back up so that He can fix or answer. Hanna did just that, she wanted a man child and made a vow that sje would give him back to God if He blessed her with him and God heard her heart speak to Him and He gave hanna what she had longed for. Do we give it all to God or do we hold back . We are nothing without God bt with Him we are the best.

  14. v 17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the GOD of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

    Hannah refused to be an instrument of vengeance. Instead she poured out her hurt and sorrow allowing GOD to
    vindicate her.
    Our prayers and our words never die .
    Hannah’s great prayers, echoed nearly a thousand years later by Mary the mother of
    JESUS.
    ” My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance
    The LORD sends poverty and wealth; HE humbles and exalts. HE raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash
    heap.”
    Thank you JESUS for all the prayers that
    have been prayed on our behalf .
    Our prayers for one another do matter.
    iPray

  15. 11And 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.

    Sometimes God will wait on us to make a move for our blessing that we want in our life. Just as Hannah said that she would not cut his hair,and also give him back to God, we must give God a sacrifice.

  16. V.11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD OF HOSTS, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thy handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but will give unto thine handmaid, a man child, then will I give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. Though Hannah was barren, though she was wounded by bitter words, she knew that she could take her sorrow & pain to the Lord, the LORD OF HOSTS would heal, comfort, and supply all of her needs.

  17. Stay under the protection of your pastor. When we are under submission to our pastor, pastors wife and leaders over us God will bless us when we pray. Do everything with prayer

  18. How many times have we made promises we didn’t keep. But to surrender your first born would be the Hardest .God gave His omly begotten son for us. Hannah displayed true confidence in God for the future of her son. Let us see what happens in the follwing chapters!

  19. 17Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

    18And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

    19And 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.

    Hannah believe the word of the Lord and though her circumstances did not immediately change her confidence and faith in the Lord caused her countenance and outlook to change.

    She rose early and worshipped.

    The Lord will remember our situations.

  20. 1. How to get prayers answered

    1 Samuel 1:15
    And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.

    Poured out:
    h8210. שׁפ൚ šâp̱aḵ; a primitive root; to spill forth (blood, a libation, liquid metal; or even a solid, i.e. to mound up); also (figuratively) to expend (life, soul, complaint, money, etc.); intensively, to sprawl out: — cast (up), gush out, pour (out), shed(-der, out), slip.

    1 Samuel 1:17
    Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

    When we really want something from God, we will definitely get his attention when we “pour out” ourselves before him.

    2. How to wait on the promise

    1 Samuel 1:18-20
    And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
    19 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. 20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.

    Worship and expectation should be our countenance as we wait for the promise that God has given us. One of the enemies attacks as we wait for the Goshen blessing, or the blessings that will arrive during the 90 days of blessing, is to get us discouraged, and cause us to lose faith.

    3. The blessing for the preacher

    1 Samuel 1:26-28
    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. 27 For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: 28 Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.

    The actions of Hannah caused a promise to be made, and a dream to be born. When Samuel was born she kept her vow and gave him to the Lord. I do not know what Eli’s prayer was, but I imagine he response of praise was an outward appreciation of answered prayer.

    When we keep ourselves “working out our own salvation with fear and trembling” and keep the covenant, commitment, and the vow we have made to God, we cause our Pastor to shout praises unto God.

    Hannah’s blessing, was Eli’s answer to prayer, and led the next phase of God’s vision for his people.

  21. I love this testimony! Again I rejoice for the Castillo family! Praise the Lord!
    She was praying in pain pouring out all his spirit and faith, God sent her a word of faith, and she received it! And Samuel was a great leader!
    Word of faith! Reminds me of a testimony this happened 10 years ago:we were behind on our mortgage for 2 months, we were paying but we were still Behind, I was so worried seeing my husband worry,
    I talked to a friend (Christian) about our situation and she said:do not worry The Lord will provide the money from the resource you never will expect it, we prayed. after 2 or 3 months my husband was doing bills, he was worried, and I asked God: Lord Jesus I never doubted about your promise, you know that! But Lord could it please be soon?
    After few days I got a letter in the mail, I opened it , it was exactly the money for the 2 months 1600.00 and were coming from the resource never expected it, the mortgage! They said we had paid too much to the scroll! To God be the Glory.

  22. 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.

    She made a vow to the Lord, and she did her part in keeping the vow to give her son back to the Lord. How difficult as a mother was that to know that she could only see her son one time a year when they went to the temple. But yet, she knew in her heart, that she had put in him what was necessary, and that He was being groomed for service to the kingdom of God. Lord help us to train our children in the ways of your kingdom and not in the ways of the world that they can be of use for the Master.

  23. This chapter is so special to me since I can relate so much with Hannah’s pain. Thank you Jesus for Isaiah and Selah! Lord you are so faithful.

    Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

  24. 14And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.

    Some burdens we experience in life won’t be readily understood by others. Yet God understands, beyond the understanding of others and even ourselves. Even in the face of wrongful accusation and other such responses, God can bring us a blessing if we stay faithful and hold to our integrity and keep a right spirit. The measurement of man will fail us, but the measurement of God mixed with faith can open the door for the miraculous.

  25. 15And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.

    Instead of allowing her adversary to “drive her to drinking” he drove her to prayer. So much so that the natural eye thought she was drunk but she had just stumbled into a new place in prayer, a place of pouring her soul out.

  26. 18And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

    Once Hannah put her problem in the Lord’s hands that day, she got up and went her way-but notice-she was no longer sad! Even though she did not have her answer, she had confidence in what the man of God spoke! *Just a mustard seed of faith is all it takes!
    *Taken from the Children’s SS lesson for this Sunday 🙂

  27. This chapter illustrates an honorable pledge. Hannah made a vow unto the Lord, which she did keep. We today also make promises to each other, as well as the Lord. The question we all must ask ourselves is do we keep them (Doing the right thing, doesn’t mean it’s the easy thing). May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  28. 18And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

    And so should we be, when we pray and ask the Lord, we need also change our countenance to reflect the faith that we should have that He will do just as He said….

  29. Hannah was unable to bear children, she shared her husband with a woman who ridiculed her, her loving husband could not solve her problem, and the high priest misunderstood her motives. Instead of realiating or giving up hope, Hannah prayed. She brought her problems honestly before God. Each of us may face times of barrenness when nothing comes to birth in our work, service, or relationships. It is difficutl to pray in faith when we feel so ineffective, but as Hannah discovered, prayer opens the way for God to work!

  30. The beginning of verses 9-11 in the MSG reads….”So Hannah ate. Then she pulled herself together, slipped away quietly, and entered the sanctuary. The priest Eli was on duty at the entrance to God’s Temple in the customary seat. Crushed in soul, Hannah prayed to God and cried and cried—inconsolably. Then she made a vow:……” Sometimes we can go into a pity party mode; but, we need to pull ourselves together as Hannah and go before the Lord. God sees and hears your heart….all we need to do is come before him.

  31. 11And 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.

    Oh that I might be a handmaid of the Lord to whom he listens to and who the Lord remembers. That I might be blessed by the Lord. Oh that I would do what I tell the Lord I will do, just like Hannah giving Sammuel to Him.

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