1 Hannah prayed, “My heart has rejoiced in the Lord;my horn has been raised high because of the Lord.I have loudly denounced my enemies.Indeed I rejoice in your deliverance. 2 No one is holy like the Lord!There is no one other than you!There is no rock like our God! 3 Don’t keep speaking so arrogantly. Proud talk should not come out of your mouth,for the Lord is a God who knows;he evaluates what people do. 4 The bows of warriors are shattered,but those who stumbled have taken on strength. 5 The well fed hire themselves out to earn food,but the hungry no longer lack. Even the barren woman has given birth to seven, but the one with many children has declined. 6 The Lord both kills and gives life;he brings down to the grave and raises up. 7 The Lord impoverishes and makes wealthy;he humbles and he exalts. 8 He lifts the weak from the dust;he raises the poor from the ash heapto seat them with princes—he bestows on them an honored position. The foundations of the earth belong to the Lord—he placed the world on them.
39 In those days Mary got up and went hurriedly into the hill country, to a town of Judah, 40 and entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 She exclaimed with a loud voice, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child in your womb! 43 And who am I that the mother of my Lord should come and visit me? 44 For the instant the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.” 46 And Mary said, “My soul exalts the Lord, 47 and my spirit has begun to rejoice in God my Savior, 48 because he has looked upon the humble state of his servant. For from now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name; 50 from generation to generation he is merciful to those who fear him. 51 He has demonstrated power with his arm; he has scattered those whose pride wells up from the sheer arrogance of their hearts. 52 He has brought down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up those of lowly position; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering his mercy, 55 as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” 56 So Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home.