“Speak boastfully no longer, do not let arrogance issue from your mouths.”
This verse is from Hannah’s song of praise after learning that her prayer for a child had been answered. Her canticle (1 Samuel 2:1-10) is rich with thoughts we find in Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Both women display a humble soul, for whom God is the source of wonder and the only worthy boast. Both women delight, as did Christ, that God humbles the proud and lifts up the humble.
Does my speech reflect a humble delight in the greatness of God?
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