As he said these things (en twi legein auton). Luke's common idiom, en with articular infinitive. Verses Luke 27 28 are peculiar to Luke. His Gospel in a special sense is the Gospel of Woman. This woman "speaks well, but womanly" (Bengel). Her beatitude (makaria) reminds us of Elisabeth's words ( Luke 1:42 , euloghmenh). She is fulfilling Mary's own prophecy in Luke 1:48 (makariousin me, shall call me happy).