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Hannah makes a vow to God

Background: In a time when people measured a woman’s worth by her ability to have children, Hannah had none. She wanted children too, but to make matters worse, Peninnah – her husband’s other wife – taunted Hannah, mocked Hannah, and incessantly bragged about own her sons and daughters.

As the years when by, husband Elkanah tried to make Hannah feel more loved by giving her twice as much as he gave the irritating other wife, but Hannah remained childless and sad. After a while, the sadness deepened until she could not stop crying. So Elkanah asked, “Why do you keep crying, Hannah? Why do you not even eat? Why are you sad all the time? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”

Maybe he would have if she were his only wife! But Hannah’s grief became so strong, she went into the temple and burst into tears.

Bitterly she wept.
Distraught she prayed.
She pleaded to the LORD
and made a vow:

"O LORD of hosts, please
look on the misery of Your servant,
and remember me!

If You will give…