Women of the Word: Peninnah

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Peninnah is only mentioned at the beginning of 1 Samuel chapter 1. She was the second wife of Elkanah who was also married to Hannah. At first, Hannah was unable to have children while the Bible tells us that Peninnah had both sons and daughters. Peninnah loved to make fun of Hannah because of her childlessness and probably flaunted her kids in her face to make her miserable. Verse 6 reads: “And her rival (Peninnah) also provoked her (Hannah) severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb.”

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Women of the Word: Hannah

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In 1 Samuel chapters 1-2, we read the story of Hannah who was married to a man name Elkanah who loved her very much even though she could not have any children for him. Elkanah also had another wife name Peninnah who did have children. Peninnah loved to make fun of Hannah because of her childlessness and probably flaunted her kids in her face to make her miserable. Instead of being envious or growing bitter, below are three things that Hannah did which pleased the Lord and caused Him to bless her greatly.

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