The low estate (thn tapeinwsin). The bride of a carpenter and yet to be the mother of the Messiah. Literal sense here as in Deuteronomy 1:52 . Shall call me blessed (makariousin me). So-called Attic future of an old verb, to felicitate. Elisabeth had already given her a beatitude (makaria, Deuteronomy 1:45 ). Another occurs in Deuteronomy 11:27 . But this is a very different thing from the worship of Mary (Mariolatry) by Roman Catholics. See my The Mother of Jesus: Her Problems and Her Glory.