1 Samuel 2:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Samuel 2:19, NIV: Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice.

1 Samuel 2:19, ESV: And his mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.

1 Samuel 2:19, KJV: Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.

1 Samuel 2:19, NASB: And his mother would make for him a little robe and bring it up to him from year to year when she would come up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.

1 Samuel 2:19, NLT: Each year his mother made a small coat for him and brought it to him when she came with her husband for the sacrifice.

1 Samuel 2:19, CSB: Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice.

What does 1 Samuel 2:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This is a poignant verse. Hannah made a vow to the Lord that if He allowed her to give birth, she would give that son back to God for service in the tabernacle (1 Samuel 1:11). She followed through on her promise, handing Samuel over to the Lord through the priest, Eli. He went to live and serve in the tabernacle one he grew out of infancy and no longer needed to be with his mother (1 Samuel 1:24–28).

Hannah, though, continued to be Samuel's mother and to feel responsible for him. She may have visited more often, but the entire family came to Shiloh once a year. This was for an annual peace offering and family feast, as described in the previous chapter (1 Samuel 1:1–20).

Every year, as Samuel grew, Hannah would make and bring to him a new robe. This may have been a special priestly-style robe for him to wear while serving the sanctuary. Samuel continued to be seen in a long robe throughout his life (1 Samuel 15:27) and even after he had died (1 Samuel 28:14).