1 Samuel 2:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Samuel 2:8, NIV: He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. 'For the foundations of the earth are the LORD's; on them he has set the world.

1 Samuel 2:8, ESV: He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and on them he has set the world.

1 Samuel 2:8, KJV: He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them.

1 Samuel 2:8, NASB: He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the garbage heap To seat them with nobles, And He gives them a seat of honor as an inheritance; For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, And He set the world on them.

1 Samuel 2:8, NLT: He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, placing them in seats of honor. For all the earth is the LORD's, and he has set the world in order.

1 Samuel 2:8, CSB: He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the trash heap. He seats them with noblemen and gives them a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the Lord's; he has set the world on them.

What does 1 Samuel 2:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Hannah has said that the Lord makes people both poor and rich (1 Samuel 2:7). He is ultimately the one who controls human fortunes. Now she focuses on the truth that God can transform the circumstances of any person from the depths of poverty and insignificance to the heights of great wealth and honor in human society.

Those who feel locked into generational poverty might not believe that. This can be especially difficult in societies which seem engineered to keep the poor underfoot and the wealthy powerful. These systems and institutions, though, are nothing compared to the Lord. He can take any person from the dust and the ash heaps to a position of wealth and power. The idea that any person is "self-made" in the sense of having built their own life out of nothing is false. God controls even that.

After all, Hannah adds, what can God not control if He is the one who made the world? The Creator can do with His creation whatever He wishes. She says specifically that the pillars or foundations of the world belong to the Lord. He owns them, and He has set the world on them. Hannah uses poetry and metaphor to illustrate God's control over all things. As a devout Hebrew, she would have known the details of the creation story in Genesis (Genesis 1—2).