salvation from our enemies and from the clutchesa of those who hate us.
He has dealt mercifully with our fathers and remembered His holy covenant-
the oath that He swore to our father Abraham. He has given us the privilege,
since we have been rescued from our enemies' clutches,b to serve Him without fear
in holiness and righteousness in His presence all our days.
And child, you will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways,c77
to give His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.
Because of our God's merciful compassion, the Dawnd from on highe will visit us
to shine on those who live in darkness and the shadow of death,f to guide our feet into the way of peace.
The child grew up and became spiritually strong, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.