5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy worthy: or, double portion; for he loved Hannah: but the Lord had shut up her womb.
English Standard Version
5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb.Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. Septuagint And, although he loved Hannah, he would give Hannah only one portion, because the Lord had closed her womb
5 but he always gave an especially generous helping to Hannah because he loved her so much, and because God had not given her children.
New King James Version
5 But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb.
New Living Translation
5 And though he loved Hannah, he would give her only one choice portion because the Lord had given her no children.
Elkanah kept up his attendance at God's altar, notwithstanding the unhappy differences in his family. If the devotions of a family prevail not to put an end to its divisions, yet let not the divisions put a stop to the devotions. To abate our just love to any relation for the sake of any infirmity which they cannot help, and which is their affliction, is to make God's providence quarrel with his precept, and very unkindly to add affliction to the afflicted. It is evidence of a base disposition, to delight in grieving those who are of a sorrowful spirit, and in putting those out of humour who are apt to fret and be uneasy. We ought to bear one another's burdens, not add to them. Hannah could not bear the provocation. Those who are of a fretful spirit, and are apt to lay provocations too much to heart, are enemies to themselves, and strip themselves of many comforts both of life and godliness. We ought to notice comforts, to keep us from grieving for crosses. We should look at that which is for us, as well as what is against us.