1 Samuel 2:4
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New International Version
"The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength.

New Living Translation
The bow of the mighty is now broken, and those who stumbled are now strong.

English Standard Version
The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength.

New American Standard Bible
"The bows of the mighty are shattered, But the feeble gird on strength.

King James Bible
The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The bows of the warriors are broken, but the feeble are clothed with strength.

International Standard Version
The bows of warriors are shattered, but those who stumble are equipped with strength.

NET Bible
The bows of warriors are shattered, but those who stumble find their strength reinforced.

New Heart English Bible
"The bows of the mighty men are broken. Those who stumbled are armed with strength.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumble are armed with strength.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The bows of the mighty men are broken, And they that stumbled are girded with strength.

New American Standard 1977
“The bows of the mighty are shattered,
            But the feeble gird on strength.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The bows of the mighty men have been broken, and the weak are girded with strength.

King James 2000 Bible
The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are clothed with strength.

American King James Version
The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.

American Standard Version
The bows of the mighty men are broken; And they that stumbled are girded with strength.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The bow of the mighty is overcome, and the weak are girt with strength.

Darby Bible Translation
The bow of the mighty is broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.

English Revised Version
The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.

Webster's Bible Translation
The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.

World English Bible
"The bows of the mighty men are broken. Those who stumbled are armed with strength.

Young's Literal Translation
Bows of the mighty are broken, And the stumbling have girded on strength.
Study Bible
Hannah's Prayer of Thanksgiving
3"Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the LORD is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed. 4"The bows of the mighty are shattered, But the feeble gird on strength. 5"Those who were full hire themselves out for bread, But those who were hungry cease to hunger. Even the barren gives birth to seven, But she who has many children languishes.…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:32
And what more shall I say? Time will not allow me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets,

Psalm 18:39
For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.

Psalm 37:15
Their sword will enter their own heart, And their bows will be broken.

Psalm 46:9
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire.
Treasury of Scripture

The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.

The bows

Psalm 37:15,17 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken…

Psalm 46:9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, …

Psalm 76:3 There broke he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, …

stumbled

Isaiah 10:4 Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall …

Jeremiah 37:10 For though you had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight …

2 Corinthians 4:9,10 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed…

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having …

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

Hebrews 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out …

(4) The bows of the mighty men are broken.--God reverses human conditions, bringing low the wicked, and raising up the righteous.

Von Gerlach writes of these verses that "Every power which will be something in itself is destroyed by the Lord: every weakness which despairs of itself is transformed into power." "The bows of the heroes," that is to say, the heroes of the bow, the symbol of human power being poetically put first instead of the bearer of the symbol. The next line contains the antithesis: while the heroes rejoicing in their strength are shattered, the tottering, powerless ones are by Him made strong for battle.

The bows of the mighty men are broken,.... Hannah, from relating gracious experiences, and celebrating, the divine perfections of holiness, omniscience, and sovereignty, passes on to take notice of the dealings of God with men in providence and grace; bows are here put for all military arms, which men of might and war make use of, and which God can easily break in pieces, and so make war to cease in the earth, and hinder warlike men from doing what they design and attempt; they are enfeebled and weakened by him, and their hands cannot perform their enterprises: so the bows of Satan, and his principalities and powers, are broken, and his fiery darts are quenched, and the people of the Lord enabled to stand against him, and wrestle with him and them, being strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might, as it follows:

and they that stumbled are girt with strength; who, through weakness, are ready to stumble at everything they meet with in the way; yet, being girded with strength by the Lord, are able to do great exploits, as David did, that being his case, Psalm 18:29, so such as are weak in grace, in faith, in knowledge, and ready to stumble at every trial and exercise, let it come from what quarter it will; yet being girded by the Lord with strength, are able to exercise grace, perform duty, go through every service they are called to, whether in a way of doing or suffering, to bear the yoke and cross of Christ, to oppose every enemy, to walk on in the ways of God, and to persevere in faith and holiness to the end. 2:1-10 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.
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