1 Samuel 1:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Samuel 1:7, NIV: 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.

1 Samuel 1:7, ESV: So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat.

1 Samuel 1:7, KJV: And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

1 Samuel 1:7, NASB: And it happened year after year, as often as she went up to the house of the LORD, that she would provoke her; so she wept and would not eat.

1 Samuel 1:7, NLT: Year after year it was the same--Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat.

1 Samuel 1:7, CSB: Year after year, when she went up to the Lord's house, her rival taunted her in this way. Hannah would weep and would not eat.

What does 1 Samuel 1:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Family holiday traditions have deep roots. We may look forward to those familiar gatherings or dread them if they evoke unresolved pain and heartache. The text suggests that part of the annual tradition of this sacrifice and feast at Shiloh was for Elkanah to honor his barren first wife Hannah, whom he loved, with a double portion of the meat from the offering (1 Samuel 1:1–5).

That tradition was connected to another: Elkanah's second wife, likely in a jealous rage, would persecute Hannah for being unable to have children (1 Samuel 1:6). Though Hannah was being honored by her husband each year, she was also being cruelly tormented by his other wife. This magnified Hannah's grief so deeply that she lost her appetite. She simply wept.