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1 Samuel 2 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Hannah's Song of Thanksgiving

(cf. Luk 1:46–55 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:1 - Then Hannah prayed and said,
“My heart exults in the LORD;
My [fn]horn is exalted in the LORD,
My mouth [fn]speaks boldly against my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:2 - “There is no one holy like the LORD,
Indeed, there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:3 - [fn]Boast no more so very proudly,
Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;
For the LORD is a God of knowledge,
And with Him actions are weighed.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:4 - “The bows of the mighty are shattered,
But the feeble gird on strength.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:5 - “Those who were full hire themselves out for bread,
But those who were hungry cease to hunger.
Even the barren gives birth to seven,
But she who has many children languishes.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:6 - “The LORD kills and makes alive;
He brings down to [fn]Sheol and raises up.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:7 - “The LORD makes poor and rich;
He brings low, He also exalts.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:8 - “He raises the poor from the dust,
He lifts the needy from the ash heap
To make them sit with nobles,
And inherit a seat of honor;
For the pillars of the earth are the LORDS,
And He set the world on them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:9 - “He keeps the feet of His godly ones,
But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
For not by might shall a man prevail.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:10 - “Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered;
Against them He will thunder in the heavens,
The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
And He will give strength to His king,
And will exalt the [fn]horn of His anointed.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:11 - Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy ministered to the LORD before Eli the priest.

The Sin of Eli's Sons

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:12 - Now the sons of Eli were [fn]worthless men; they did not know the LORD
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:13 - and the custom of the priests with the people. When any man was offering a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:14 - Then he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. Thus they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:15 - Also, before they burned the fat, the priest’s servant would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, “Give the priest meat for roasting, as he will not take boiled meat from you, only raw.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:16 - If the man said to him, “They must surely [fn]burn the fat [fn]first, and then take as much as [fn]you desire,” then he would say, “No, but you shall give it to me now; and if not, I will take it by force.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:17 - Thus the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD, for the men despised the offering of the LORD.

Samuel before the LORD as a Boy

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:18 - Now Samuel was ministering before the LORD, as a boy [fn]wearing a linen ephod.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:19 - And his mother would make him a little robe and bring it to him from year to year when she would come up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:20 - Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife and say, “May the LORD give you [fn]children from this woman in place of [fn]the one she dedicated to the LORD.” And they went to their own [fn]home.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:21 - The LORD visited Hannah; and she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. And the boy Samuel grew before the LORD.

Eli Rebukes His Sons

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:22 - Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:23 - He said to them, “Why do you do such things, the evil things that I hear from all these people?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:24 - “No, my sons; for the report is not good which I hear [fn]the LORDS people circulating.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:25 - “If one man sins against another, God will mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who can intercede for him?” But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for the LORD desired to put them to death.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:26 - Now the boy Samuel [fn]was growing in stature and in favor both with the LORD and with men.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:27 - Then a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Did I not indeed reveal Myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt in bondage to Pharaoh’s house?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:28 - ‘Did I not choose them from all the tribes of Israel to be My priests, to go up to My altar, to burn incense, to carry an ephod before Me; and did I not give to the house of your father all the fire offerings of the sons of Israel?
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:29 - ‘Why do you kick at My sacrifice and at My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling, and honor your sons above Me, by making yourselves fat with the [fn]choicest of every offering of My people Israel?’
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:30 - “Therefore the LORD God of Israel declares, ‘I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father should walk before Me forever’; but now the LORD declares, ‘Far be it from Me—for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:31 - ‘Behold, the days are coming when I will break your [fn]strength and the [fn]strength of your father’s house so that there will not be an old man in your house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:32 - ‘You will see the distress of My dwelling, in spite of all the good that [fn]I do for Israel; and an old man will not be in your house forever.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:33 - ‘Yet I will not cut off every man of yours from My altar [fn]so that your eyes will fail from weeping and your soul grieve, and all the increase of your house will die [fn]in the prime of life.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:34 - ‘This will be the sign to you which will come concerning your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas: on the same day both of them will die.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:35 - ‘But I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who will do according to what is in My heart and in My soul; and I will build him an enduring house, and he will walk before My anointed always.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 2:36 - ‘Everyone who is left in your house will come and bow down to him for a [fn]piece of silver or a loaf of bread and say, “Please [fn]assign me to one of the priest’s offices so that I may eat a piece of bread.”’”
NASB95 Footnotes
I.e. strength
Literally: is enlarged
Literally: Talk much
I.e. the nether world
I.e. strength
Literally: sons of Belial
Literally: offer up in smoke
Literally: like the day
Literally: your soul
Literally: girded with
Literally: seed
Literally: the one asked for which was lent
Literally: place
Or, making the L\ORD'S/ people transgress
Literally: was going on both great and good
Or, first
Or, arm
Literally: He does
Literally: to waste away your eyes and to grieve your soul
Literally: as men
Or, payment
Literally: attach

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