Luke 1:8

8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,

Read Luke 1:8 Using Other Translations

And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,
Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty,
One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week.

What does Luke 1:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 1:8

And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's
office
To which he was called and ordained, even to offer gifts and sacrifices for men; whilst he was in the way of his duty, when oftentimes God appears to, and in favour of his people; whilst he was performing it,

before God;
in the temple, where was the symbol of the divine presence, before the altar of the Lord; and as having the fear of God before his eyes; considering himself as in the sight of God, and doing his work faithfully and sincerely:

in the order of his course;
taking his turn in the order of the course of Abia, to which he belonged; (See Gill on Luke 1:5).

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