“The Mighty One
Has done great things
Is his name.”
ὅτι ἐποίησέν μοι μεγάλα ὁ δυνατός. καὶ ἅγιον τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ,
This canticle of Mary was modeled on that of Hannah in 1 Samuel, chapter 2:2-6, that praised Yahweh for the birth of her son, the prophet Samuel. Yahweh was the rock of Hannah’s knowledge. Luke indicated that Mary said that the Mighty One (ὁ δυνατός) had done great things for Mary (ὅτι ἐποίησέν μοι μεγάλα). Thus, Holy is his name (καὶ ἅγιον τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ). Mary appreciated that the powerful holy God had gone great things for her.
A song of ascents
Remember in David’s favor.
Remember all the hardships he endured.
Remember how he swore to Yahweh.
Remember how he vowed to the mighty one of Jacob.
‘I will not enter my house.
I will not get into my bed.
I will not give sleep to my eyes.
I will not give slumber to my eyelids.
I will not do these things
Until I find a place for Yahweh,
A dwelling place for the mighty one of Jacob.’”
Psalm 132 is another in this series of pilgrimage songs or psalms on the ascent to Jerusalem. However, this longer psalm celebrates the transfer of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem at the time of David, based on 2 Samuel, chapter 7. This psalmist asks Yahweh to remember that he had favored David in all his hardships. He wanted Yahweh to remember that David had vowed to the mighty one of Jacob. David said that he would not enter his house, go to bed, and let his eyes sleep, or let his eyelids slumber until he had found a dwelling place for Yahweh, the mighty one of Jacob. Yahweh was called the mighty one of Jacob. Obviously this is an exaggeration that David would not sleep until he built a place for the Ark of the Covenant, considered to be the presence of Yahweh.
“You are the most handsome of men.
Grace is poured upon your lips.
Therefore God has blessed you forever.
Gird your sword on your thigh
In your glory and majesty!
O mighty one!
The king is the most handsome man in the world. Grace sits on his lips. God has blessed him forever. His sword is on his thigh. He is the mighty one in glory and majesty. He is like a mini-god. Flattery will get you everywhere with this psalmist.