The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible1 Samuel 1:14
And Eli said unto her, how long wilt thou be drunken?
What, every day drunk? what, continually in this wicked practice? when
will it be stopped? for Eli might have observed on other days, and at
other times, odd looks, and a strange behaviour in her, which he took
for the effects of drinking too much wine: or how long will this
drunken fit last? she had been a considerable time as he thought in it,
and it was not gone off yet: the Targum is,
``how long wilt thou behave like a fool, or a mad woman?''
as drunken people generally do act, as if they were fools, or mad:
put away thy wine from thee;
not as if she had any with her there to
drink of, but he advises her, since it had such an effect upon her, to
abstain from it, and wholly disuse it, and so break off such an habit
and custom she had got into; or he would have her go home and sleep it
out, and wait till she had digested it, and the strength of it was gone
off, before she came to such a place of devotion and worship; from
hence the Jews say F23 it may be learnt, that a drunken person ought
not to pray.
F23 T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 31. 1.