Luke 1:28

28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you! ”

Luke 1:28 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 1:28

And the angel came in unto her
Into her house, and into the room where she was:

and said, hail;
all health, happiness, and prosperity attend thee; ( Matthew 28:9 )

thou art highly favoured;
or graciously accepted, or hast obtained grace; not referring to electing, redeeming; justifying, pardoning, adopting, and sanctifying grace, which she had in common with other saints; but to that special and particular favour, in being chosen and singled out from all other women, to be the mother of the Messiah:

the Lord is with thee;
so the angel to Gideon, ( Judges 6:12 ) or "be with thee", an usual form of salutation among the Jews; ( Ruth 2:4 )

thou art blessed among women;
and will be pronounced so by other women, as she was by Elisabeth, ( Luke 1:42 ) and by another woman, ( Luke 11:27 ) .

Luke 1:28 In-Context

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee,
27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.
28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you! ”
29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.
30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Some manuscripts add Blessed are you among women.
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