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1 Samuel 2:7-8


2:7 The Lord impoverishes and makes wealthy;

he humbles and he exalts.

2:8 He lifts the weak 1  from the dust;

he raises 2  the poor from the ash heap

to seat them with princes

and to bestow on them an honored position. 3 

The foundations of the earth belong to the Lord,

and he has placed the world on them.

1 Samuel 2:30


2:30 Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘I really did say 4  that your house and your ancestor’s house would serve 5  me forever.’ But now the Lord says, ‘May it never be! 6  For I will honor those who honor me, but those who despise me will be cursed!

1 tn Or “lowly”; Heb “insignificant.”

2 tn The imperfect verbal form, which is parallel to the participle in the preceding line, is best understood here as indicating what typically happens.

3 tn Heb “a seat of honor.”

4 tn The infinitive absolute appears before the finite verb for emphasis.

5 tn Heb “walk about before.”

6 tn Heb “may it be far removed from me.”

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