As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine.” …  – 1 Samuel 1:6 -17 and 20 (NIV)

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She was no doubt sobbing hysterically. And if there’s one thing men can’t deal with, it’s weeping women. Especially when she’s a stranger.

For that matter, Eli hardly comes across as a compassionate male here. Does he even get out of his chair before speaking? Just which Hollywood actor would you cast in his role, and which actress for Hannah?

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So it was Sin that made the Separation, and it is Sin which makes the Separation; for Man and Woman in their primitive State, wherein they were created, were good, as the rest of the Creatures of God, for ’tis written, God saw every Thing which he had made, and behold it was very good: And God blessed Man and Woman, and they were in Favour with him, till they became subject to Vanity, by Reason of that false Hope which the Serpent suggested to them; they hoped to have been as Gods, to know Good and Evil; but by going out of God’s Counsel, they became corrupted by the evil one, and being joined to the serpentine Seed, they were alienated from God; so that, had not the Lord, out of his unmeasurable Loving-kindness and Compassion, opened a Way to restore them, they must have perished in this deplorable Condition. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)


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