Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry1 hunger no more. She who was barren2 has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away.
"The LORD brings death and makes alive;3 he brings down to the gravea and raises up.47
The LORD sends poverty and wealth;5 he humbles and he exalts.68
He raises7 the poor8 from the dust9 and lifts the needy10 from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor.11 "For the foundations12 of the earth are the LORD's; upon them he has set the world.
He will guard the feet13 of his saints,14 but the wicked will be silenced in darkness.15 "It is not by strength16 that one prevails;
those who oppose the LORD will be shattered.17 He will thunder18 against them from heaven; the LORD will judge19 the ends of the earth. "He will give strength20 to his king and exalt the horn21 of his anointed."
Then Elkanah went home to Ramah,22 but the boy ministered23 before the LORD under Eli the priest.
Eli's sons were wicked men; they had no regard24 for the LORD.
Now it was the practice25 of the priests with the people that whenever anyone offered a sacrifice and while the meat26 was being boiled, the servant of the priest would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand.
He would plunge it into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot, and the priest would take for himself whatever the fork brought up. This is how they treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh.
But even before the fat was burned, the servant of the priest would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, "Give the priest some meat to roast; he won't accept boiled meat from you, but only raw."