1 Samuel 2:1-11

This Old Testament ‘Magnificat’ (cf. Luke 1:46-55) possesses an astonishing range of ideas concerning the character of God, his dealings with all sorts of men even to the ends of the earth, and the coming of his anointed king.

  1. Compare the exaltation of verse 1 with the dejection of 1:6-10. What or who should be the object of our joy?
    Cf. Pss. 9:1, 2; 5:11, 12; 1 Pet. 1:8.
  2. What does Hannah say about:
    (a) God’s character, and
    (b) the way in which time and again he reverses the lot of men?
    What will be the final end as described in verses 9, 10?
    What warning and what encouragement do you take from these truths?
    Cf. Ps. 2:11.12.

Note. Verse 6. ‘Grave’ (=sheol’) was the Hebrew name for the place where the dead go.