Luke 1:72

72 to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant,

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Luke 1:72 in Other Translations

KJV
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
ESV
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,
NLT
72 He has been merciful to our ancestors by remembering his sacred covenant—
MSG
72 Mercy to our fathers, as he remembers to do what he said he'd do,
CSB
72 He has dealt mercifully with our fathers and remembered His holy covenant-

Luke 1:72 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 1:72

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers
By "mercy" is meant salvation by Christ, which springs from the mercy of God; the promise of which was an instance of mercy to the Jewish fathers under the Old Testament, and also the performance of it; for they were saved by the grace of our Lord Jesus, even as we: his blood was shed for the remission of sins that were past, and for the redemption of transgressions under the first Testament:

and to remember his holy covenant;
which was made between him, and his Son from all eternity; and was, at various times, dispensed and manifested to the patriarchs, and eminent saints, as Adam, Noah, Abraham This is called an "holy" one; not only because it was made by, and between holy persons, and provided for the holiness of the people of God, both here, and hereafter; but because in the article of redemption and salvation by Christ, which is here more particularly regarded, care was taken to secure the glory of God's holiness and justice, as well as to display his grace and mercy. Now raising up, and sending Jesus a Saviour, showed, that God was mindful of this covenant, and therefore sent redemption to his people.

Luke 1:72 In-Context

70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear

Cross References 2

  • 1. Micah 7:20
  • 2. Psalms 105:8,9; Psalms 106:45; Ezekiel 16:60
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