for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.1 From now on all generations will call me blessed,2
for the Mighty One has done great things3 for me-- holy is his name.4
His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.5
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;6 he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.7
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.8
He has filled the hungry with good things9 but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful10
to Abraham and his descendants11 forever, even as he said to our fathers."
Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.