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Text:: “And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of host, If thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me , and not forget thine handmaid, but will 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.'' – 1Samuel 1:11.

Comment: Here is the case of the woman Hannah. It is a very striking  case of making a vow, paying the vow, and getting God’s blessings for paying the vow. Hannah  was one of the two wives of Elkanah, the other wife been Peninnah. Because she had children, Peninahmade  derogatory remarks for her inability to bear a child.  (1 Samuel 1:1 -10)  It is sinful to laugh at people’s inability to conceive and bear children because it is God Almighty Who gives children.– Genesis 30:1, 2, 22-23.

Hannah was shedding tears while she was praying in the temple. She made a vow that should God give her a male child, She in turn would give that child back to God to serve Him all the days of his life. (1 Samuel 1:9-11)  God gave her a son, Samuel. (1 Samuel 1:19, 20) When the child Samuel was weaned, Hannah, accompanied by her husband , went to fulfill her vow by taking Samuel to Eli the Priest in the temple to serve God in the sanctuary all the days of his life.  (1Samuel 1:27, 28). God Almighty was also pleased with Hannah fulfilling her vow that He blessed her with five additional children (3 boys and 2 girls). The Bible says that it is God Almighty Who makes the barren woman to keep house and to be a joyful mother of children. (1 Samuel 2:20 -21 and Psalms 113:9) Truly, there is blessing in paying one's vow.

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