1 Samuel 1:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Samuel 1:19, NIV: Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her.

1 Samuel 1:19, ESV: They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her.

1 Samuel 1:19, KJV: And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.

1 Samuel 1:19, NASB: Then they got up early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD, and returned again to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her.

1 Samuel 1:19, NLT: The entire family got up early the next morning and went to worship the LORD once more. Then they returned home to Ramah. When Elkanah slept with Hannah, the LORD remembered her plea,

1 Samuel 1:19, CSB: The next morning Elkanah and Hannah got up early to worship before the Lord. Afterward, they returned home to Ramah. Then Elkanah was intimate with his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.

What does 1 Samuel 1:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The annual gathering of Elkanah's extended family in Shiloh for sacrifice and feasting had ended. All the yearly traditions had been repeated. The peace offering had been made to the Lord. Elkanah had given a double portion of the meat to his first wife Hannah to honor her. Elkanah's second wife, likely jealous, had tormented Hannah about her infertility. Hannah wept bitterly as her grief was inflamed (1 Samuel 1:4–8).

Something had changed this time, though. Hannah had taken all her bitterness and anger to the Lord and poured out her soul before Him. She had made a vow to give any son God would give to her back to Him. Eli the priest had expressed his desire that God would grant her request, or perhaps affirmatively said that God would (1 Samuel 1:9–17). As Hannah left the temple, she was no longer sad (1 Samuel 1:18).

The next morning, the family got up early to worship before the Lord, perhaps participating at the temple in the daily morning sacrifice (Leviticus 6:8–13). Then they headed back to their home in Ramah. Aware of Eli's words, Elkanah and Hannah slept together expectantly. The Lord "remembered" Hannah. Often this Hebrew word is used to refer to times when God acts on behalf of His people (Genesis 8:1; 19:29; 30:22; Exodus 6:5–8; Leviticus 26:40–45). God acted on Hannah's behalf. He knew her sorrow and her vow, as well as Eli's blessing. God would give Hannah the son she had asked Him for.