Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice,1 he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters.25
But to Hannah he gave a double portion3 because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb.46
And because the LORD had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.57
This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.68
Elkanah her husband would say to her, "Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don't you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don't I mean more to you than ten sons?7"