Luke 1:51

51 1He has shown strength with his arm; 2he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;

Luke 1:51 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 1:51

He hath showed strength with his arm
Of almighty power, in the business of the incarnation, and in working out salvation for his people; which is done by his own arm, he being mighty to save, and travelling in the greatness of his strength; see ( Isaiah 63:1 Isaiah 63:5 ) .

He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts;
whom he always resists, and both in providence and grace, takes such methods, as tend to humble and confound them: here particularly, it may regard the proud and haughty Jews; who imagined nothing less, than that the Messiah would be born of one of the rich and noble families in Judea; that he would appear as a temporal prince, and set up a temporal kingdom in great state and splendour, and make them a free and flourishing people: when instead of this, he was to be born of a poor virgin, of whom they disdainfully say, is not his mother called Mary? who was of Nazareth in Galilee, of which it is said, shall Christ come out of Galilee? or any good thing out of Nazareth? A virgin betrothed to a carpenter, and her son of that business also, with which both were flouted; and because of this meanness, the Messiah was rejected by them; and thus were they scattered and confounded in their imaginations.

Luke 1:51 In-Context

49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 89:10; Psalms 98:1; Psalms 118:16; Isaiah 51:9
  • 2. Daniel 4:37; See James 4:6
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