1 Samuel 1:12
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New International Version
As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.

New Living Translation
As she was praying to the LORD, Eli watched her.

English Standard Version
As she continued praying before the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.

New American Standard Bible
Now it came about, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli was watching her mouth.

King James Bible
And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
While she continued praying in the LORD's presence, Eli watched her lips.

International Standard Version
As she continued to pray in the LORD's presence, Eli was watching her mouth.

NET Bible
As she continued praying to the LORD, Eli was watching her mouth.

New Heart English Bible
It happened, as she multiplied prayers before the LORD, that Eli saw her mouth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
While Hannah was praying a long time in front of the LORD, Eli was watching her mouth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass, as she prayed long before the LORD, that Eli watched her mouth.

New American Standard 1977
Now it came about, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli was watching her mouth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass as she continued praying before the LORD that Eli was observing her mouth.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli observed her mouth.

American King James Version
And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, as she continued praying before Jehovah, that Eli marked her mouth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it came to pass, as she multiplied prayers before the Lord, that Heli observed her mouth.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass as she continued praying before Jehovah, that Eli marked her mouth.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli observed her mouth.

World English Bible
It happened, as she continued praying before Yahweh, that Eli saw her mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath been, when she multiplied praying before Jehovah, that Eli is watching her mouth,
Study Bible
Hannah Prays for a Son
11She made a vow and said, "O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head." 12Now it came about, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli was watching her mouth. 13As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 1:11
She made a vow and said, "O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head."

1 Samuel 1:13
As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk.
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.

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Verses 12-18. - She continued praying. Hannah's prayer was long and earnest, but in silence. She spake not in, but "to her heart," to herself. It was an inward supplication, which only her own heart and God heard. Eli watched, and was displeased. Possibly silent prayer was something unusual. It requires a certain advance in civilisation and refinement to enable a supplicant to separate the petition from the outward expression of it in spoken words, and a strong faith before any one can feel that God hears and knows the silent utterances of the heart (comp. Matthew 8:8-10). Naturally men think that they shall be heard for their much speaking, and for speaking aloud. Unused then to such real prayer, Eli, as he marked the quivering lips, the prostrate form, the face flushed with earnestness, came to the coarse conclusion that she was drunken, and with equal coarseness bids her "put away her wine from her," that is, go and sleep off the effects of her debauch. Hannah answers indignantly, "No, my lord." She is "a woman hard of spirit;' (see marg.), heavy hearted, as we should say, and she had been lightening her heart by pouring out her troubles before Jehovah. She is no "worthless woman;" for Belial is not a proper name, though gradually it became one (2 Corinthians 6:15), but means worthlessness, and "a daughter of worthlessness" means a bad woman. "Grief" is rather provocation, vexation. Hannah cannot forget the triumph of her rival, exulting over her many portions, while for her there had been only one. Convinced by the modesty and earnestness of her answer, Eli retracts his accusation, gives her his blessing, and prays that her petition may be granted. And Hannah, comforted by such words spoken by the high priest (John 11:51), returned to the sacrificial feast, which apparently was not yet finished, and joined in it, for "she did eat, and her countenance was to her no more," that is, the grieved and depressed look which she had so long borne had now departed from her. There is no reason for the insertion of the word sad. HANNAH'S PRAYER ANSWERED (vers. 19, 20). And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord,.... Being very earnest and importunate with him to grant her request, and therefore repeated her petition, and prolonged her prayer, being unwilling to let the Lord go, until she had a promise, or some satisfaction, that she should have the thing she liked; some think she continued an hour in prayer:

that Eli marked her mouth; observed the motion of her lips, and no doubt her distorted countenance, and uplifted eyes and hands, but chiefly the former; not knowing what the woman was at, and what could be the meaning of such motions. 12-18. Eli marked her mouth—The suspicion of the aged priest seems to indicate that the vice of intemperance was neither uncommon nor confined to one sex in those times of disorder. This mistaken impression was immediately removed, and, in the words, "God grant," or rather, "will grant," was followed by an invocation which, as Hannah regarded it in the light of a prophecy pointing to the accomplishment of her earnest desire, dispelled her sadness, and filled her with confident hope [1Sa 1:18]. The character and services of the expected child were sufficiently important to make his birth a fit subject for prophecy.1:9-18 Hannah mingled tears with her prayers; she considered the mercy of our God, who knows the troubled soul. God gives us leave, in prayer, not only to ask good things in general, but to mention that special good thing we most need and desire. She spoke softly, none could hear her. Hereby she testified her belief of God's knowledge of the heart and its desires. Eli was high priest, and judge in Israel. It ill becomes us to be rash and hasty in censures of others, and to think people guilty of bad things while the matter is doubtful and unproved. Hannah did not retort the charge, and upbraid Eli with the wicked conduct of his own sons. When we are at any time unjustly censured, we have need to set a double watch before the door of our lips, that we do not return censure for censure. Hannah thought it enough to clear herself, and so must we. Eli was willing to acknowledge his mistake. Hannah went away with satisfaction of mind. She had herself by prayer committed her case to God, and Eli had prayed for her. Prayer is heart's ease to a gracious soul. Prayer will smooth the countenance; it should do so. None will long remain miserable, who use aright the privilege of going to the mercy-seat of a reconciled God in Christ Jesus.
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