Luke 1:44

44 For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me![a]

Luke 1:44 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 1:44

For lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in
mine ears
This she mentions, as the signal by which she knew that she was the mother of her Lord; namely, from that unusual and extraordinary motion of the child, she felt within her:

the babe leaped in my womb for joy;
that the mother of her Lord, and his, was come thither: the Jews ought not to object to this, who affirm, that the embryos, or infants in their mother's womb, sung the song at the Red Sea, and praised God. F9


FOOTNOTES:

F9 Targum in Ps lxviii. 27. Zohar in Exod. fol. 23. 3. T. Hieros, Sota, fol. 20. 3. Tzeror Hammor, fol. 75. 3.

Luke 1:44 In-Context

42 Then she exclaimed with a loud cry: You are the most blessed of women, and your child will be blessed!
43 How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me!
45 She who has believed is blessed because what was spoken to her by the Lord will be fulfilled!"
46 And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Lit in my abdomen or womb