1 Samuel Chapter 2
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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.
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.
16 And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.
25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the LORD would slay them.
28 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel?
29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?
30 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
36 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a piece of bread.
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Matthew Henry's 1 Samuel Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
Hannah's song of thanksgiving. (1-10) The wickedness of Eli's sons, Samuel's ministry. (11-26) The prophecy against Eli's family. (27-36)1-10 Hannah's heart rejoiced, not in Samuel, but in the Lord. She looks beyond the gift, and praises the Giver. She rejoiced in the salvation of the Lord, and in expectation of His coming, who is the whole salvation of his people. The strong are soon weakened, and the weak are soon strengthened, when God pleases. Are we poor? God made us poor, which is a good reason why we should be content, and make up our minds to our condition. Are we rich? God made us rich, which is a good reason why we should be thankful, and serve him cheerfully, and do good with the abundance he gives us. He respects not man's wisdom or fancied excellences, but chooses those whom the world accounts foolish, teaching them to feel their guilt, and to value his free and precious salvation. This prophecy looks to the kingdom of Christ, that kingdom of grace, of which Hannah speaks, after having spoken largely of the kingdom of providence. And here is the first time that we meet with the name MESSIAH, or his Anointed. The subjects of Christ's kingdom will be safe, and the enemies of it will be ruined; for the Anointed, the Lord Christ, is able to save, and to destroy.
11-26 Samuel, being devoted to the Lord in a special manner, was from a child employed about the sanctuary in the services he was capable of. As he did this with a pious disposition of mind, it was called ministering unto the Lord. He received a blessing from the Lord. Those young people who serve God as well as they can, he will enable to improve, that they may serve him better. Eli shunned trouble and exertion. This led him to indulge his children, without using parental authority to restrain and correct them when young. He winked at the abuses in the service of the sanctuary till they became customs, and led to abominations; and his sons, who should have taught those that engaged in the service of the sanctuary what was good, solicited them to wickedness. Their offence was committed even in offering the sacrifices for sins, which typified the atonement of the Saviour! Sins against the remedy, the atonement itself, are most dangerous, they tread under foot the blood of the covenant. Eli's reproof was far too mild and gentle. In general, none are more abandoned than the degenerate children of godly persons, when they break through restraints.
27-36 Those who allow their children in any evil way, and do not use their authority to restrain and punish them, in effect honour them more than God. Let Eli's example excite parents earnestly to strive against the beginnings of wickedness, and to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. In the midst of the sentence against the house of Eli, mercy is promised to Israel. God's work shall never fall to the ground for want of hands to carry it on. Christ is that merciful and faithful High Priest, whom God raised up when the Levitical priesthood was thrown off, who in all things did his Father's mind, and for whom God will build a sure house, build it on a rock, so that hell cannot prevail against it.
Thankfull's 1 Samuel Chapter 2 comment on 12/06/2012, 6:58am...
Surely, Hannah did not look at the waves coming from Phinehas. She succeeds and GOD grants her a child of her heart. Samuel was not just an ordinary child but a son. If we put total trust in GOD, HE will answer our prayers, and we will rejoice and praise GOD for what HE will have granted in our lives. Halleluiah…
Mary's 1 Samuel Chapter 2 comment on 10/20/2012, 11:55pm...
1 Samuel 2:8-10 Principle illustrated: Man can accomplish great things with God’s strength. (((1))) Out of the dust, God raises the poor men and gives them their inheritance among princes. No man can overpower or even come remotely close to God’s strength. God, with his strength, will silence the wicked and anyone else who tries to disrupt his plan. God has recently shown me through godly influences around me and his precious word that I can succeed in anything when I realize how much I need his help. God has revealed to me that if I put little effort into something I will sow only that much but, if I give God my all, he will help me to succeed. He has given me an overabundance every time I give him my all. It took me a while to realize it but, God is my “All in All”, so why do I not always give him my all? Sometimes I tend to forget that I have to be faithful and do my part. I am so thankful that God is always faithful and does his part even when I do not deserve it.
Akuinor's 1 Samuel Chapter 2 comment on 10/20/2012, 5:41am...
Leaders should also be careful of their children as they can affect their ministry as demonstrated by Eli's sons. Even though Eli warned them but he could punish them.
Ojeka Michael's 1 Samuel Chapter 2 comment on 5/07/2012, 7:23am...
The prayers of Hannah, sacrifies and the vow which she vowed and redeemed turn the haert of Elli's childreen against GOD.Becouse Samuel was going to be a priest.
Aggrey's 1 Samuel Chapter 2 comment on 12/04/2011, 7:47am...
Many people get the courage to pray but remember not to give thanks when they recieve.Hannah glorifies GOD and prophesies just like parents ought to do for their children.The shame of her barrenness was swept away and she rejoiced over her enemies.Imagine a person from the villages of the countryside sitting and dining with kings in Jerusalem.we need extraodinaly mov'ts inorder to get extraordinally miracles.
Bitrus sambo bako's 1 Samuel Chapter 2 comment about verse 30 on 1/24/2011, 4:28am...
we are extremely privilege to be converted from sin, made believers & priest 1peter2:9. we carry GOD's presence & were made to offer daily sacrifice to HIM,so we ought to acknowledge this position & honor GOD in our lives.else we will be of little values before HIM.
Robin Ballard's 1 Samuel Chapter 2 comment on 1/13/2011, 2:01pm...
I think God deliberately shut up Hannah's womb, so that she in turn would cry out to him for a child, who in turn would serve God. The timing was perfect, because God would destroy Eli's sons and replace them with Samuel.
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