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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Samuel 2:1-10

We have here Hannah's thanksgiving, dictated, not only by the spirit of prayer, but by the spirit of prophecy. Her petition for the mercy she desired we had before (1 Sam. 1:11), and here we have her return of praise; in both out of the abundance of a heart deeply affected (in the former with her own wants, and in the latter with God's goodness) her mouth spoke. Observe in general, 1. When she had received mercy from God she owned it, with thankfulness to his praise. Not like the nine lepers,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 2:2

There is none holy as the Lord ,.... From the consideration of what the Lord had done for her, which had filled her heart and mouth with joy and praise, she is led to celebrate the perfections of God, and begins with his holiness, in which he is glorious, and which appears in all his ways and works; he is essentially, originally, independently, perfectly, and immutably holy, as others are not. Angels are holy, but not of themselves; their holiness is from the Lord; nor is it perfect in... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Samuel 2:2

None holy - Holiness is peculiar to the God of Israel; no false god ever pretended to holiness; it was no attribute of heathenism, nor of any religion ever professed in the world before or since the true revelation of the true God. There is none beside thee - There can be but one unoriginated, infinite, and eternal Being; that Being is Jehovah. Any rock like our God - Rabbi Maimon has observed that the word צור tsur , which we translate rock, signifies, when... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Samuel 2:1-10

Salvation. The facts implied and indicated in the song are— 1 . Hannah's deliverance from grief and realisation of desire are perfected. 2 . God is recognised as the author of the great salvation. 3 . Under Divine inspiration Hannah sees in her own personal experience a type of various triumphs which God achieves for his people. 4 . She is conscious of an overwhelming joy in her own deliverance, and in the prevision of future triumphs of the Church. 5 . A clear and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Samuel 2:1-10

The prayer song of Hannah. In her prayer of asking Hannah was intent not merely on having a child, but on giving to the service of God a priest, and to the government of Israel a judge, very different from the sons of Eli—a Nazarite, a second and a better Samson. No wonder, then, that when she brought her son to the sanctuary, her prayer of thanksgiving took a large scope, and revealed even a prophetic fervour. What religious poetess has made such an impression as Hannah with one ode?... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Samuel 2:2

Any rock ... - The term rock as applied to God is first found in the song of Moses (see Deuteronomy 32:4 note), where the juxtaposition of rock and salvation in 1 Samuel 2:15, “he lightly esteemed the rock of his salvation,” seems to indicate that Hannah was acquainted with the song of Moses. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Samuel 2:2

1 Samuel 2:2. There is none holy as the Lord None so perfectly, unchangeably, and constantly holy. None besides Not only none is so holy as thou art, but in truth there is none holy besides thee; namely entirely, or independently, but only by participation from thee. Any rock Thou only art a sure defence and refuge to all that flee to thee. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 2:1-11

1:1-7:17 ISRAEL UNDER ELI AND UNDER SAMUELBirth of Samuel (1:1-2:11)Elkanah was a Levite who lived in the tribal territory of Ephraim (1:1; 1 Chronicles 6:33-38). Each year he took his family to the town of Shiloh to offer sacrifices to the Lord. (Since the time of Joshua, Shiloh had been the central place of worship in Israel; Joshua 18:1,Joshua 18:10; Judges 18:31.) According to the regulations for certain sacrifices, the offerer, after offering his sacrifice, received back some of the... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Samuel 2:2

none holy . This is the cry of all His saints. See note on Ex. 1 Samuel 15:11 . holy. See note on Exodus 3:5 . any rock. Compare Deuteronomy 32:4 . 2 Samuel 22:32 . God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4 . read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Samuel 2:1-10

2. Hannah’s Song of Solomon 2:1-10Some commentators have seen Hannah’s prayer as a non-essential song of praise included in the text for sentimental reasons. But this magnificent prayer provides the key to interpreting the rest of 1 and 2 Samuel. In this prayer, which contains no petition, Hannah articulated her belief that God rewards trust with blessing. He turns barrenness into fertility, not just in her case but universally. Mary, the mother of Jesus, incorporated some of Hannah’s song in... read more

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