1 Samuel 1:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Samuel 1:9, NIV: Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the LORD's house.

1 Samuel 1:9, ESV: After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the LORD.

1 Samuel 1:9, KJV: So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.

1 Samuel 1:9, NASB: Then Hannah got up after eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the temple of the LORD.

1 Samuel 1:9, NLT: Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle.

1 Samuel 1:9, CSB: On one occasion, Hannah got up after they ate and drank at Shiloh. The priest Eli was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the Lord's temple.

What does 1 Samuel 1:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Hannah has been weeping, bitterly sad about her inability to have children with her husband Elkanah (1 Samuel 1:1–5). Worse, she has been tormented about her infertility by his other wife. She has been unable to eat, and he has been unable to console her or understand the depth of her sadness (1 Samuel 1:6–8).

When the meal is over, Hannah gets up and heads to the temple of the Lord. At this time, the "temple" was still the tabernacle: the tent-like structure designed by God and built during the exodus from Egypt (Exodus 25:9). They are in Shiloh, a town north of Jerusalem. The tent of meeting in Shiloh is the main center for worship in Israel, and Eli was the priest at Shiloh. He is sitting in a chair by the entrance to the temple. The seat was likely a special chair for the priest to show his position. People normally sat on the ground during this era, though in some settings would have used benches or stools.