Whenever her husband tried to comfort her stricken heart, her adversary was provoked to fresh insults and taunts.The fact that Elkanah loved Hannah and bestowed a double portion upon her only added more fuel to the fire of contempt in Peninnah’s heart. Barren, she still believed, and her pain found a refuge in prayer.Whether she was as beautiful as Sarah we are not told, but because of her inner serenity she must have had “a very sensitive face, in which her moods were reflected like sunshine and shadow on a quiet lake.” The story we have of her is “a harp-note of the immortal triumph of patience.” Hannah is a beautiful example of how the most unpleasant and untoward circumstances can produce a character blessing the world. Jurst, “sombre and mournful at first, but radiant with faith and hope at last, form the fitting introduction to the narrative of the career of her great son Samuel in his combined character of Judge and Prophet of Israel.” Perhaps we can best summarize Hannah’s career in the following fivefold way—From the record we have of Hannah she appears to have been a woman with an unblemished character.Piety reigned in her heart, and she maintained constant communion with the religious ordinances of her nation.
“Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.” Down she went to her house content for she believed.But true to her name, she manifested the grace of self-control amid the cruel chidings and reproaches of Peninnah, “her adversary who provoked her sore, and made her to fret.” Can we wonder that Hannah referred to herself as, “a woman of a sorrowful spirit”?Jealousy, “the green-eyed monster that mocks the meat it feeds on,” had taken possession of Peninnah, but not of Hannah.Although the Lord had “shut up her womb” her heart was still open toward Him.Made to sorrow by those nearest to her, Hannah was never guilty of any unwomanly, retaliatory conduct.
Anna was the name given by Virgil to the twin-souled sister of the lovelorn Queen Dido.