Luke 1:14

14 You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,

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Luke 1:14 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 1:14

And thou shalt have joy and gladness
Not only because of his having a son; but because this his son would be the prophet of the Highest; would go before the Lord, and prepare his ways; give knowledge of salvation to many, and light to them that were in darkness, and guide their feet in the way of peace: all which, and more, he afterwards expresses in his song, whereby this part of the angel's prediction had its accomplishment:

and many shall rejoice at his birth;
as the neighbours and cousins of his parents did; see ( Luke 1:58 ) and not only they, but all others, who, afterwards had knowledge of him as prophet, and as the forerunner of the Messiah.

Luke 1:14 In-Context

12 Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him.
13 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John.
14 You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,
15 for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth.
16 And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God.
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