1Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the #1 Chr. 2:15; Matt. 1:6mountains of Ephraim, and his name was #Josh. 17:17, 18; 24:33Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, #1 Chr. 6:27, 33–38an Ephraimite. 2And he had #Ruth 1:2two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. 3This man went up from his city #Deut. 21:15–17yearly #Ex. 34:14, 23; Judg. 21:19; 1 Sam. 1:21; Luke 2:41to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in #Deut. 12:5–7; 16:16Shiloh. Also the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there. 4And whenever the time came for Elkanah to make an #Josh. 18:1offering, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. 5But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, #Deut. 12:17, 18although the Lord had closed her womb. 6And her rival also #Gen. 16:1; 30:1, 2provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb. 7So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat.