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27 While he was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.”(A)

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11 and made this vow: “O Lord of hosts, if you look with pity on the hardship of your servant, if you remember me and do not forget me, if you give your handmaid a male child, I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life. No razor shall ever touch his head.”[a](A)

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Footnotes

  1. 1:11 No razor…: the Septuagint adds “he shall drink neither wine nor liquor.” This addition is a further suggestion that Samuel is dedicated to God under a nazirite vow (Nm 6:4–5); see note on v. 22.

12 Perhaps the Lord will look upon my affliction and repay me with good for the curses he is uttering this day.”

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26 For the Lord saw the very bitter affliction of Israel, where there was neither bond nor free, no one at all to help Israel.

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He raises the needy from the dust,
    lifts the poor from the ash heap,(A)

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