I love the Lord, because He has heard [and now hears] my voice and my supplications.
Then Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, Put away the [images of] strange gods that are among you, and purify yourselves and change [into fresh] garments;
Hannah said, Oh, my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here praying to the Lord.
I love You fervently and devotedly, O Lord, my Strength.
As for me, I said in my haste and alarm, I am cut off from before Your eyes. But You heard the voice of my supplications when I cried to You for aid.
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.
But certainly God has heard me; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.
For the Lord hears the poor and needy and despises not His prisoners (His miserable and wounded ones).
Look upon me, be merciful unto me, and show me favor, as is Your way to those who love Your name.
And to love Him out of and with all the heart and with all the understanding [with the faculty of quick apprehension and intelligence and keenness of discernment] and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I Am]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.
He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with a deep, instinctive, personal affection for Me, as for a close friend]? Peter was grieved (was saddened and hurt) that He should ask him the third time, Do you love Me? And he said to Him, Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You [that I have a deep, instinctive, personal affection for You, as for a close friend]. Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep.
By this we come to know (recognize and understand) that we love the children of God: when we love God and obey His commands (orders, charges) -- "[when we keep His ordinances and are mindful of His precepts and His teaching].