I Sam. 1:1-2:11
One of God’s purposes for placing women on the earth was to bear children. Women who were unable to perform that high calling were often unhappy and even scorned by their peers. Such was the case of Hannah, one of the two wives of Elkanah of the tribe of Levi. His other wife, Peninnah scoffed and ridiculed Hannah because of her barrenness.
During their annual trip to the tabernacle at Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to God, Hannah was especially sorrowful. She prayed to the Lord that if He would send her a son, she would give him to the Lord, “all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” That was the same Nazirite vow that had been made for Samson many years earlier.
The priest, Eli speaking for God informed Hannah that He would grant her petition. Soon after that occasion, the future judge and prophet, Samuel was born. Hannah fulfilled her promise after the child had been weaned and took Samuel to Eli to begin his life of ministry to the Lord. He was probably two or three years old at the time.