Bible: 1 Sam 2:6-10

2:6 The Lord both kills and gives life;

he brings down to the grave 1  and raises up.

2:7 The Lord impoverishes and makes wealthy;

he humbles and he exalts.

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

he raises 3  the poor from the ash heap

to seat them with princes

and to bestow on them an honored position. 4 

The foundations of the earth belong to the Lord,

and he has placed the world on them.

2:9 He watches over 5  his holy ones, 6 

but the wicked are made speechless in the darkness,

for it is not by one’s own strength that one prevails.

2:10 The Lord shatters 7  his adversaries; 8 

he thunders against them from 9  the heavens.

The Lord executes judgment to the ends of the earth.

He will strengthen 10  his king

and exalt the power 11  of his anointed one.” 12 

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