1 Samuel 1:16

16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

Read 1 Samuel 1:16 Using Other Translations

Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation."
Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.”

What does 1 Samuel 1:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 1:16

Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial
A yokeless, a lawless, impudent, and abandoned creature; one of the most wicked, vilest, and most profligate wretches; as she must be to come drunk into the sanctuary of God; see ( 1 Samuel 25:17 1 Samuel 25:25 ) . Drunkenness in man is au abominable crime, but much more in a woman. The Romans F1 forbad wine to women, and drunkenness in them was a capital crime, as adultery, or any other; and indeed a drunken woman is liable to all manner of sin:

for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken
hitherto;
out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak, whether it is matter of trouble or of joy; the heart of Hannah was full of grief, and her mouth full of complaints, on which she long dwelt, in order to give vent thereunto, and ease herself.


FOOTNOTES:

F1 Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 14. c. 13.
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