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And she said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. Bible

“May your servant find favor in your eyes.” The High Priest represented Yahweh.

“So the woman went her way.” There is much in a seemingly unimportant sentence. The text does not name Hannah, but says, “the woman.” It was Hannah as woman, a wife, and a potential mother that was at stake here, and she had just been blessed by the High Priest. As a woman, Hannah went forth, grasping onto the blessing of Eli as the Word of Yahweh that she would have a son, and she was no longer downcast. Hope had been given, joy had been restored.


Commentary for: 1 Samuel 1:18