1 Samuel 1:11
“And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.”
She wept and prayed unto the Lord, then vowed what she would do if He supplied her need.
She promised that if the Lord gave her a man-child she would give him back to Him.
Eli the priest was watching as she prayed, and wrongfully assumed she was drunk because of her actions.
1 Samuel 1:12-14
“And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.”
She immediately corrected him, and admitted her condition.
1 Samuel 1:15
“And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.”
She made a petition that the Lord would give her the desire of her heart, and then vowed in faith.
Hannah also serves as an example of how serious it should be to make a vow to God.
“When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.”
“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
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