Luke 1:69

69 He has raised up a horn[a] of salvation[b] for us in the house of His servant David,

Luke 1:69 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 1:69

And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us
Meaning the Messiah, whom God had now raised up:

in the house of his servant David;
in David's family, he being now conceived by a virgin of his house; and who, in a little time, would be born in Bethlehem, the city of David. He is called "an horn of salvation", because he is a powerful Saviour. "Horn" denotes power; it being that to a beast, as the arm is to a man, by which it defends itself, and pushes down its enemies; and "salvation" is the work Christ came to effect, and for which he was raised up, and sent: and a Saviour he is, and a mighty one, as appears from his doing and suffering what he has; as bearing all the sins of his people, and making reconciliation for them; obeying all the precepts of the law, and undergoing the penalty of it; being made a curse, and becoming obedient to death, even the death of the cross: as also, from his delivering them from sin, Satan, and the law, which no other could have done; and from his grappling with, conquering, spoiling, and destroying all his, and our enemies. Moreover, the word "horn" signifies regal power, honour, and dignity; see ( Daniel 7:24 ) and so may not only denote the work of Christ as a Saviour, but his office also as a King, who in the discharge of that is likewise a Saviour; for he not only rules, and governs, but protects, defends, and preserves his, people, by his power; see ( 1 Samuel 2:10 ) ( Psalms 132:17 ) .

Luke 1:69 In-Context

67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and provided redemption for His people.
69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David,
70 just as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets in ancient times;
71 salvation from our enemies and from the clutches of those who hate us.

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. 1 Sm 2:1,10; 2 Sm 22:3; Dn 7-8; Zch 1:18-21
  • [b]. A strong Savior