Important Songs of Women in the Bible

By Rev. John Trigilio, Jr., Rev. Kenneth Brighenti

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Three songs (hymns or poems) of significant women appear in the Bible. They are expressions of the deep faith, gratitude, and trust these ladies had in God and in his love and mercy. Though their stories were written by someone else (the sacred author for each book), the particular song attributed to them is considered their own and merely retold by the scripture writer.

  • Song of Hannah: Recited at the dedication of her son, Samuel. It expresses enormous gratitude for the blessings that come from God. See 1 Samuel 2:1–10.

  • Song of Deborah: An epic poem that retells the victory of the Hebrews over their enemy the Canaanites while Deborah was Judge of Israel. See Judges 5:1–31.

  • Song of Virgin Mary: This song is called the Magnificat, from the first word in the Latin Vulgate Bible of St. Jerome. Similar to Hannah’s maternal song of gratitude, it was said by Mary, the mother of Jesus, after she visits her cousin Elizabeth. Both women were pregnant at the time, Mary with Jesus and Elizabeth with John the Baptist. The song expresses profound appreciation for the goodness of the Lord. See Luke 1:46–55.