Hannah’s prayer is similar in ways to Mary’s (Lk 1:46-55). Both praise God for mercifully raising up the weak and 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.”


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 2

     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 39:
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

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1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! 
O my soul, praise Him, for He is Thy Health and Salvation! 
Join the full throng: 
Wake, harp and psalter and song; 
Sound forth in glad adoration! 

2. Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously
Who, as on wings of an eagle, uplifteth, sustaineth. 
Hast thou not seen 
How thy desires all have been 
Granted in what He ordaineth? 

3. Praise to the Lord, who hath fearfully, wondrously, made
Health hath vouchsafed and, when heedlessly falling, hath stayed
What need or grief 
Ever hath failed of relief?– 
Wings of His mercy did shade thee. 

4. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend
Who from the heavens the streams of His mercy doth send thee. 
Ponder anew 
What the Almighty can do, 
Who with His love doth befriend thee. 

5. Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore Him! 
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before
Let the Amen 
Sound from His people again; 
Gladly for aye we adore Him.