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So Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why are you not eating? Why is your heart sad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?” Bible

“Am I not better to you than ten sons.” Elkanah was trying to be helpful, but his question almost certainly did not help. So much a woman’s social life was just among other women, and between feeling cursed by God and scorned by other women, Elkanah was not better than having sons. Elkanah’s ignorance of Hannah’s situation shows up in the fact that he does not even seem to be aware that Peninnah was cruel to Hannah.


Commentary for: 1 Samuel 1:8