Luke 1:39-80

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

The Birth of John the Baptist

57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.
58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah,
60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”
61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”
62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.
63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.”
64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God.
65 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things.
66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.

Zechariah’s Song

67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a horn[a] of salvation for us in the house of his servant David
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
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit[b] ; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.

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Cross References 45

  • 1. ver 65
  • 2. S ver 15
  • 3. Judges 5:24
  • 4. S John 13:13
  • 5. Psalms 34:2,3
  • 6. Psalms 18:46; Isaiah 17:10; Isaiah 61:10; Habakkuk 3:18; 1 Timothy 1:1; 1 Timothy 2:3; 1 Timothy 4:10
  • 7. ver 38; Psalms 138:6
  • 8. Luke 11:27
  • 9. Psalms 71:19
  • 10. Psalms 111:9
  • 11. Exodus 20:6; Psalms 103:17
  • 12. Psalms 98:1; Isaiah 40:10
  • 13. Genesis 11:8; Exodus 18:11; 2 Samuel 22:28; Jeremiah 13:9; Jeremiah 49:16
  • 14. S Matthew 23:12
  • 15. Psalms 107:9
  • 16. Psalms 98:3
  • 17. Genesis 17:19; Psalms 132:11; S Galatians 3:16
  • 18. Genesis 17:12; Leviticus 12:3; Luke 2:21; Philippians 3:5
  • 19. ver 13,63; S Matthew 3:1
  • 20. ver 22
  • 21. ver 13,60; S Matthew 3:1
  • 22. ver 20; Ezekiel 24:27
  • 23. ver 39
  • 24. Genesis 39:2; Acts 11:21
  • 25. S ver 15
  • 26. Joel 2:28
  • 27. Genesis 24:27; 1 Kings 8:15; Psalms 72:18
  • 28. Psalms 111:9; Luke 7:16
  • 29. 1 Samuel 2:1,10; 2 Samuel 22:3; Psalms 18:2; Psalms 89:17; Psalms 132:17; Ezekiel 29:21
  • 30. S Matthew 1:1
  • 31. Jeremiah 23:5; Acts 3:21; Romans 1:2
  • 32. Micah 7:20
  • 33. Psalms 105:8,9; Psalms 106:45; Ezekiel 16:60
  • 34. Genesis 22:16-18
  • 35. Hebrews 9:14
  • 36. 1 John 4:18
  • 37. Ephesians 4:24
  • 38. S Matthew 11:9
  • 39. ver 32,35; S Mark 5:7
  • 40. ver 17; Malachi 3:1; S Matthew 3:3
  • 41. Jeremiah 31:34; Matthew 1:21; Mark 1:4
  • 42. Malachi 4:2
  • 43. Psalms 107:14; Isaiah 9:2; Isaiah 59:9; Matthew 4:16; S Acts 26:18
  • 44. S Luke 2:14
  • 45. Luke 2:40,52

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. "Horn" here symbolizes a strong king.
  • [b]. Or "in the Spirit"
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