Year after year(A) this man went up from his town to worship(B) and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh,(C) where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli,(D) were priests of the Lord. Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice,(E) he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters.(F) But to Hannah he gave a double portion(G) because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb.(H) Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.(I) This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.(J)

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