We know from Ana that she was the wife of a man named Elcana. In verse five of the first chapter of the first book of Samuel, we realize that this woman was barren. Elcana not only had Ana as wife, but also had as wife a woman named Penina, who had given children to Elcana.
Ana’s big problem was not only that she could not bear children, nor was Elcana. Besides this heavy living of not being able to have children, Ana had a big problem and it was called: Penina.
6 Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.
7 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.
8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”
1 Samuel 1:6-8