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- She is one of the two wives of Elkanah (the other being Hannah, who is also called Chana). Peninnah means pearl. Its Hebrew root word perhaps is contr, meaning precious stone.
"Peninnah" bore children to Elkanah, but she brought grief and disharmony to the household by her insolent mocking of barren Hannah. “And because the LORD had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.” I Samuel 1:5,6.
- Book of First Samuel Chapter 1
- Firsr Samuel 1:2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.
- Firsr Samuel 1:4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters.