Like many men of the time, Elkanah had two wives. Peninnah had children, but Hannah did not. Hannah wanted to have children.
One day Hannah and her husband were traveling to while the other wife stayed at home with the kids. On their journey to Shiloh her husband asked, “Hannah, why are you so sad?”
Heartbroken, Hannah replied, “Give me children.”
Elkanah loved Hannah. Her words hurt. Frustrated he said, “Am I God that I could give you children?” And he added, “Aren’t I better to you than many sons? Aren’t you satisfied with me?”