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1 Samuel 2
v 1-10

Canticle - The song of Hannah, mother of Samuel
He put down the mighty from their seats and exalted the lowly; he filled the hungry with good things (Lk 1, 52-53)

My heart exults in the Lord,
  I find my strength in my God;
my mouth laughs at my enemies
  as I rejoice in your saving help.
There is none like the Lord,
  there is none besides you.
  There is no Rock like our God.

Bring your haughty words to an end,
  let no boasts fall from your lips,
for the Lord is a God who knows all.
  It is he who weighs men’s deeds.

The bows of the mighty are broken,
  but the weak are clothed with strength.
Those with plenty must labour for bread,
  but the hungry need work no more.
The childless wife has children now
  but the fruitful wife bears no more.

It is the Lord who gives life and death,
  he brings men to the grave and back;
it is the Lord who gives poverty and riches.
  He brings men low and raises them on high.

He lifts up the lowly from the dust,
  from the ash heap he raises the poor
to set him in the company of princes,
  to give him a glorious throne.

For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
  on them he has set the world.
He guards the steps of his faithful,
  but the wicked perish in darkness,
for no man’s power gives him victory.
  The enemies of the Lord shall be broken.

The Most High will thunder in the heavens,
  the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.
He will give power to his king
  and exalt the might of his anointed.