1 Samuel 2:4
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English Standard Version
The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength.

King James Bible
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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

When the boy was presented, his mother made herself known to the high priest as the woman who had previously prayed to the Lord at that place (see 1 Samuel 1:11.), and said, "For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath granted me my request which I asked of Him: therefore I also make him one asked of the Lord all the days that he liveth; he is asked of the Lord." וגם אנכי: I also; et ego vicissim (Cler.). השׁאיל, to let a person ask, to grant his request, to give him what he asks (Exodus 12:36), signifies here to make a person "asked" (שׁאוּל). The meaning to lend, which the lexicons give to the word both here and Exodus 12:36, has no other support than the false rendering of the lxx, and is altogether unsuitable both in the one and the other. Jehovah had not lent the son to Hannah, but had given him (see 1 Samuel 1:11); still less could a man lend his son to the Lord. The last clause of 1 Samuel 1:28, "and he worshipped the Lord there," refers to Elkanah, qui in votum Hannae consenserat, and not to Samuel. On a superficial glance, the plural ישׁתּחווּ, which is found in some Codd., and in the Vulgate, Syriac, and Arabic, appears the more suitable; but when we look more closely at the connection in which the clause stands, we see at once that it does not wind up the foregoing account, but simply introduces the closing act of the transference of Samuel. Consequently the singular is perfectly appropriate; and notwithstanding the fact that the subject is not mentioned, the allusion to Samuel is placed beyond all doubt. When Hannah had given up her son to the high priest, his father Elkanah first of all worshipped before the Lord in the sanctuary, and then Hannah worshipped in the song of praise, which follows in 1 Samuel 2:1-10.

1 Samuel 2:4 Parallel Commentaries

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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, and cuts the spear in sunder; he burns the chariot in the fire.

Psalm 76:3 There broke he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.

stumbled

Isaiah 10:4 Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away...

Jeremiah 37:10 For though you had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them...

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 is made perfect in weakness...

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

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 of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight...

Cross References
Hebrews 11:32
And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets--

Psalm 18:39
For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.

Psalm 37:15
their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

Psalm 46:9
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.

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