An Old Testament Women Who Prophesied, Though She Was Not Known As A Prophet

Next came Hannah, another beloved wife God had kept from having children. When she finally found herself pregnant with her first child, (Samuel, who would one day become a prophet himself, as well as the last judge of Israel), she was filled with God’s Spirit and spoke prophetically.

Hannah's story is found 1 Samuel, chapters 1 and 2. She had longed for a son for so many years, and finally, one festival year, she could no longer bear the humiliation she felt at being childless. She ran alone to the tabernacle and wept with great, heaving sobs, begging God for a child, and promising she would give that child back to the Lord. God answered her prayer and granted her a son, Samuel.

When Samuel was probably about five years old, Hannah brought him back to the tabernacle to be fostered and mentored by the high priest, for a lifetime of service to the Lord.

As you read through her composition, take note of each time she speaks with authority about Who God is, and what He would do. When you read her last sentence, keep in mind who her tiny baby son Samuel would become: Israel’s last judge, a prophet in in his own right, and the anointer of Israel’s first two kings.

1 Samuel 2:1-10 Modern English Version (MEV)

The Prayer of Hannah

2 Hannah prayed, saying:

“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
    my horn is exalted in the Lord.
My mouth is bold against my enemies,
    because I rejoice in Your salvation.

2 “There is none holy as the Lord,
    for there is none besides You,
    and there is no rock like our God.

3 “Do not multiply proud speech,
    nor let arrogance come out of your mouth,
for the Lord is the God of knowledge,
    and by Him actions are examined.

4 “The bows of the mighty are broken,
    but those who stumbled are girded with strength.
5 Those that were full have hired out themselves for bread,
    and those that were hungry ceased to hunger.
Even the barren has borne seven,
    and she that has many children wastes away.

6 “The Lord kills and makes alive;
    He brings down to the grave and brings up.
7 The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
    He brings low and lifts up.
8 He raises up the poor out of the dust
    and lifts up the oppressed from the dunghill
to make them sit with princes
    and inherit a throne of glory.

“For the pillars of the earth belong to the Lord,
    and He has set the world upon them.
9 He will guard the feet of His saints,
    but the wicked will be silent in darkness.

“For by strength shall no man prevail.
10 The adversaries of the Lord will be broken to pieces;
He will thunder against them out of heaven.
    The Lord will judge the ends of the earth.

“He will give strength to His king
    and exalt the horn of His anointed.”