“… Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied. “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”  … – 1 Samuel 1:6 -17 and 20 (NIV)

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So here we have it, that apparently ancient equating of “drunken woman” with “wicked.” Where is this, anyway, Texas?

Of course, we also have the great irony that what follows is anything but wicked. Rather, her prayers are answered with a son who becomes the great prophet Samuel.

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And thus I am brought to the next Thing promised, which was, to shew whence this Principle of Grace proceedeth: I have, according to my Measure, shewn, what it is, now I come to shew, from whence it comes; to which I say. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

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