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Hannah’s prayer of thanksgiving is similar in ways to Mary’s prayer (Lk 1:46-55). Both of them recognize that the Lord has shown favor to the lowly.

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 2:1-10

ESV Text: 1 Samuel 2:1-10

1 Samuel 2:1–10 (Listen)

Hannah’s Prayer

2:1 And Hannah prayed and said,


  “My heart exults in the LORD;
    my horn is exalted in the LORD.
  My mouth derides my enemies,
    because I rejoice in your salvation.


  “There is none holy like the LORD:
    for there is none besides you;
    there is no rock like our God.
  Talk no more so very proudly,
    let not arrogance come from your mouth;
  for the LORD is a God of knowledge,
    and by him actions are weighed.
  The bows of the mighty are broken,
    but the feeble bind on strength.
  Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
    but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
  The barren has borne seven,
    but she who has many children is forlorn.
  The LORD kills and brings to life;
    he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
  The LORD makes poor and makes rich;
    he brings low and he exalts.
  He raises up the poor from the dust;
    he lifts the needy from the ash heap
  to make them sit with princes
    and inherit a seat of honor.
  For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s,
    and on them he has set the world.


  “He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
    but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness,
    for not by might shall a man prevail.
10   The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces;
    against them he will thunder in heaven.
  The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
    he will give strength to his king
    and exalt the horn of his anointed.”

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KJV Text:

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     1 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. 2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. 3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength. 5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble. 6 The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. 7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. 8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them. 9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. 10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 26 (LSB 797):
Praise the Almighty, my Soul

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1. Praise the Almighty, my soul, adore Him! 
Yea, I will laud Him until death. 
With songs and anthems I’ll come before Him 
As long as He doth give me breath. 
From Him my life and all things came; 
Bless, O my soul, His holy name. 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 

2. Trust not in princes, they are but mortal; 
Earth-born they are and soon decay. 
Naught are their counsels at life’s last portal, 
When the dark grave doth claim its prey. 
Since, then, no man can help afford, 
Trust ye in Christ, our God and Lord. 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 

3. Blessed, yea, blessed is he forever 
Whose help is in the Lord most high, 
Whom from the saving faith naught can sever 
And who in hope to Christ draws nigh. 
To all who trust in Him, our Lord, 
Counsel and aid He doth afford. 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 

4. God the Almighty, the great Creator, 
Ruler of sky and land and sea, 
All things ordained, and sooner or later 
They come to pass unfailingly. 
His rule is over rich and poor, 
His promise ever standeth sure. 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 

5. Penitent sinners, for mercy crying, 
Pardon and peace from Him obtain; 
Ever the wants of the poor supplying, 
Their faithful God He doth remain. 
He helps His children in distress, 
The widows and the fatherless. 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 

6. Praise, O mankind, now the name so holy 
Of Him who doth such wondrous things! 
All that hath being, to praise Him solely, 
With happy heart its “Amen” sings! 
Children of God, with angel host 
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!