Talk no more with lofty pride,
Let no arrogance cross your lips!
For he Lord is an all-knowing God;
By Him Actions are measured.
(1 Samuel 2:3 JPS Tanakh)
Clearly I am missing something.
In this song of Hannah, like the song Mary sings when she visits Elizabeth in Luke, she proclaims the victory of God.
No, she does more than that. She proclaims the defeat of the wealthy, the haughty, the powerful, and the power of God on behalf of those who have nothing. The rich are sent away, forced to hire themselves off for breast, while the poor are filled with good things.
What is Hannah doing here? She is giving away her son Samuel to Eli the Priest. This child, whose conception…
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