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Geneva Notes - Commentary on Luke 1:57-80 - Birth of John the Baptist and Zacharia's Song

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Lu 1:57
1:57 {6} Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be
delivered; and she brought forth a son.

(6) John's birth is accompanied by new miracles.

Lu 1:65
1:65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all
{d} these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the
hill country of Judaea.

(d) All this which was said and done.

Lu 1:66
1:66 And all they that heard [them] {e} laid [them] up in their
hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the
{f} hand of the Lord was with him.

(e) Thought upon them diligently and earnestly, and as it
were, printed them in their hearts.
(f) That is, the present favour of God, and a singular type
of virtue appeared in him.

Lu 1:67
1:67 {7} And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy
Ghost, and prophesied, saying,

(7) John, having just been born, by the authority of the Holy
Spirit is appointed to his office.

Lu 1:68
1:68 Blessed [be] the Lord God of Israel; for he hath {g}
visited and {h} redeemed his people,

(g) That he has shown himself mindful of his people, to the
extent that he came down from heaven himself to visit
us in person, and to redeem us.
(h) Has paid the ransom, that is to say, the price of our

Lu 1:69
1:69 And hath raised up an {i} horn of salvation for us in the
house of his servant David;

(i) This word "horn", in the Hebrew language, signifies
strength, and it is a metaphor taken from beasts that
fight with their horns: And by raising up the might of
Israel is meant that the kingdom of Israel was
defended, and the enemies of it laid on the ground,
even then when the strength of Israel seemed to be
utterly gone.

Lu 1:72
1:72 To perform the mercy [promised] to our fathers, and {k} to
remember his holy covenant;

(k) Declare indeed that he was mindful.

Lu 1:75
1:75 In holiness and righteousness {l} before him, all the days
of our life.

(l) To God's good liking.

Lu 1:76
1:76 And thou, {m} child, shalt be called the prophet of the
Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to
prepare his ways;

(m) Though you be at this present time ever so little.

Lu 1:77
1:77 To {n} give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the
{o} remission of their sins,

(n) Open the way.
(o) Forgiveness of sins is the means by which God saves us;
Ro 4:7.

Lu 1:78
1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the {p}
dayspring from on high hath visited us,

(p) Or "bud", or "branch"; he alludes to Jer 23:5
Zec 3:8 6:12; and he is called a bud from on
high, that is, sent from God unto us, and not as other
buds which bud out of the earth.

Lu 1:79
1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and [in] the
shadow of death, to guide our feet into the {q} way of

(q) Into the way which leads us to true happiness.

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