Hannah (1 Samuel 1:26-28)
Verse 27 For this boy I prayed, and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of Him. Which she now had in her hand, and was presenting to Eli: and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him; and which he also desired might be granted her, or foretold that it would be, 1 Samuel 1:17 though perhaps he knew not then particularly what it was she asked; nor did she acquaint him with it at parting, as she now did, having obtained of the Lord what she was so solicitous for, and now makes mention of with thankfulness, it has the name of Samuel, because it contains an history of his life and times; and the Jews say it was written by him; and as it may well enough be thought to be, to the end of the twenty fourth chapter; and the rest might be written by Nathan and Gad, as may he gathered from 1 Chronicles 29:29 as also the following book that bears his name; and both may be called the Books of Kings, because they give an account of the rise of the kings in Israel, and of the two first of them; though some think they were written by Jeremiah and others ascribe them to Ezra: however, there is no doubt to be made of it that this book was written by divine inspiration, when we consider the series of its history, its connection and harmony with other parts of Scripture. the several things borrowed from it, or alluded to in the book of Psalms, particularly what is observed in Psalm 113:7, seems to be taken out of 1 Samuel 2:8, and the sanction which the Lord gives to it.
Verse 28 “So I have also dedicated him to the LORD; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there. To be employed in his service, not for a few days, months, or years, but for his whole life. The Targum is, I have delivered him, that he may minister before the Lord; as she had received him front him as an answer of prayer, she gave him up to him again according to her vow: as long as he liveth he shall be lent unto the Lord, or as the Targum, all the days that he lives he shall be ministering before the Lord; or all the days he shall be asked by or for the Lord; that is, he shall be lent unto him, and serve him as long as it is desired: and he worshipped the Lord there; in the tabernacle at the same time; either Elkanah, who with Hannah brought the child to Eli, and now gave thanks to God for giving them the child, and prayed unto him that he might be received into the service of the sanctuary; or else Eli, to whom the child was brought for admittance, who when he heard that Hannah's request was granted, which he had entreated also might be or had declared it would be, bowed his head, and gave thanks to God for it; or rather the child Samuel, as he was taught and trained up, bowed himself before the Lord, and worshiped him in the tabernacle as soon as he was brought into it, though a child; for he only is spoken of in this and the preceding verse; and by some interpreters the name Samuel is supplied; Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions, read in the plural number, and they worshiped the Lord there.