1 Samuel 2:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Samuel 2:3, NIV: Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.

1 Samuel 2:3, ESV: Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

1 Samuel 2:3, KJV: Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

1 Samuel 2:3, NASB: Do not go on boasting 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.

1 Samuel 2:3, NLT: 'Stop acting so proud and haughty! Don't speak with such arrogance! For the LORD is a God who knows what you have done; he will judge your actions.

1 Samuel 2:3, CSB: Do not boast so proudly, or let arrogant words come out of your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and actions are weighed by him.

What does 1 Samuel 2:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Hannah has declared that none is holy like God, no deity exists besides Him, and there is no rock like Him (1 Samuel 2:2). Now she turns to speak, apparently, to all those who might read or hear her words, including those reading this song today.

She tells us to stop speaking to each other and about the Lord with pride and arrogance. Once we establish in our minds the great holiness and power of Yahweh, God of Israel, our self-glorifying pride should melt away into humility. How much can we possibly know in comparison to the One Hannah calls the God of knowledge (Job 38:4–7; Psalm 139:1–4, 7–12, 15–18; Isaiah 46:10; 55:8–9)?

When standing before Him, we won't be able to use intellect or clever perspectives to talk our way out of judgment. He knows everything, and He will weigh our actions based on His perfect understanding of all things (Matthew 6:4, 6, 18; Hebrews 4:13). The only response is to speak and act with humility. This is often described as the fear of the Lord.