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Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
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< See on Matt.xiv. ver. 33. clause 2.
Καὶ ἰδοὺ, Ελισάβετ ή συγγενής σου, καὶ αὐτὴ συνειληφυῖα υἱὸν ἐν γήρᾳ αὐτῆς· καὶ οὗτος μὴν ἕκτος ἐστὶν αὐτῇ τῇ καλουμένη στείςα.
And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
tempted like as we are, yet without sin, Heb. iv. 15. For such an High a And in the days of these kings Priest became us, who is holy, harmshall the God of heaven set up a king-less, undefiled, separate from sinners, dom, which shall never be destroyed: and made higher than the heavens, and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever, Dan. ii. 44. I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, and nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, vii. 13, 14. And the LORD shall reign over them in Mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever, Mic. iv. 7. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever, Heb. i. 8. And the seventh angel sounded and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The Kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever, Rev. xi.
Εἶπε δὲ Μαριὰμ πρὸς τὸν ἄγγελον· Πῶς ἔσται τοῦτο, ἐπεὶ ἄνδρα οὐ γινώσκω ;
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? VER. 35.
Καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ ἄγγελος, εἶπεν αὐτῇ· Πνεῦμα ἅγιον ἐπελεύσεται ἐπί σε, καὶ δύναμις υψίστου ἐπισκιάσει σοι· διὸ καὶ τὸ γεννώμενον ἅγιον κληθήσεται υἱὸς Θεοῦ.
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also b that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called The Son of God.
a Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife : for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost, Matt. i. 20.
b How can he be clean that is born of a woman? Job xxv. 4. For we have not an High Priest, which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points
Ὅτι οὐκ ἀδυνατήσει παρὰ τῷ Θεῷ πᾶν a.
a For with God nothing shall be impossible.
a See on Matt. xix. ver. 26.
Εἶπε δὲ Μαριάμ· Ἰδοὺ ἡ δούλη Κυρίου" γένοιτό μοι κατὰ τὸ ῥῆμά σου. Καὶ ἀπῆλ δεν ἀπ' αὐτῆς ὁ ἄγγελος.
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
̓Αναστᾶσα δὲ Μαριὰμ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ταύταις, ἐπορεύθη εἰς τὴν ὀρεινὴν μετὰ σπουδῆς, εἰς πόλιν Ἰούδα.
And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda ;
Καὶ εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὸν οἶκον Ζαχαρίου, καὶ σπάσατο τὴν ̓Ελισάβετ.
And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
Καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἤκουσεν ἡ Ἐλισάβετ τὸν ἀσπασμὸν τῆς Μαρίας, ἐσκίρτησε τὸ βρέ φος ἐν τῇ κοιλίᾳ αὐτῆς· καὶ ἐπλήσθη Πνεύ ματος ἁγίου ἡ Ελισάβετε
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth a was filled with the Holy Ghost:
a See on ver. 15. clause 3.
a Saying, Blessed be the King that
cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest, xix. 38. His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed, Psal. Ixxii. 17. VER. 43.
Καὶ πόθεν μοι τοῦτο, ἵνα ἔλθῃ ἡ μήτηρ τοῦ Κυρίου μου πρός με,
And whence is this to me, that the mother of amy Lord should come to me? a And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son? xx. 42-44. The LORD said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool, Psal. cx. 1. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God, John xx. 28. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, Phil.
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Καὶ εἶπε Μαριάμ· Μεγαλύνει ἡ ψυχή μου τὸν Κύριον
And Mary said, "My soul doth magnify the Lord,
My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine
Καὶ ἠγαλλίασε τὸ πνεῦμά μου ἐπὶ τῷ or reov,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in a God my Saviour.
a Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid for the
LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation, Isa. xii. 2. There no God else beside me ; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me, xlv. 21. Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope, 1 Tim. i. 1. Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things, Tit. ii. 10. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, iii. 4. See also on Matt. i. ver. 21. clause 3.
Ὅτι ἐπέβλεψεν ἐπὶ τὴν ταπείνωσιν τῆς δούλης αὑτοῦ· ἰδοὺ γὰρ, ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν μακαριοῦσί με πᾶσαι αἱ γενεαί,
of his handmaiden: for, behold, from 2 For he hath regarded the low estate henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
destitute, and not despise their praya He will regard the prayer of the er, Psal. cii. 17. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; that he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people, cxiii. 7, 8. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world, to confound the wise; and God hath
chosen the weak things of the world, to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are; That no flesh should glory in his presence, 1 Cor. i. 26-29. Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? James ii. 5.
b And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked, Luke xi. 27.
Ὅτι ἐποίησέ μοι μεγαλεῖα ὁ δυνατὸς, καὶ ἅγιον τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; band holy is his name.
a Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle, Psal. xxiv. 8. Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people, lxxxix. 19. Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of Hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies, Isa. i. 24. Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save, lxiii. 1. Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might, Jer. x. 6. b Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders, Exod. xv. 11. There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God, 1 Sam. ii. 2. Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy, Psal. xcix. 3. Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy, 9. He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded
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his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name, cxi. 9. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of Hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory, Isa. vi. S. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy, lvii. 15. And they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come, Rev. iv. 8. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy, xv. 4.
Καὶ τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ εἰς γενεάς γενεῶν τοῖς polovμévais aùTÓV.
a And his mercy is m them that fear him from generation to generation.
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments, Exod. xx. 6. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty, xxxiv. 6, 7. Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men, Psal. xxxi. 19. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land, Ixxxv. 9. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him, ciii. 11. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children, 17. He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great, cxv. 13. Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever, cxviii. 4. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them, cxlv. 19. The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy, cxlvii. 11. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remem
a He hath shewed strength with his arm; bhe hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
a Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, Ŏ LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy, Exod. xv. 6. Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them, 12. Or rath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a 'stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? Deut. iv. 34. Thou hast a mighty arm strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand, Psal. lxxxix. 13. O sing unto the LORD a new song; for ne hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory, xcviii. 1. The right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly, cxviii. 15, 16. Behold, the LORD GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him, Isa. xl. 10. Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old, li. 9. The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, lii. 10. That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name, Ixiii. 12.
b Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them, Exod. xviii. 11. Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The
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kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath: and vex them in his sore displeasure, Psal. ii. 1-5. Wherefore it shali come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks. For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man: and my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped. Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood. Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire. And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day; and shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standardbearer fainteth. And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them, Isa. x. 12-19. Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder: yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble, 1 Pet. v. 5.
VER. 52. Καθεῖλε δυνάστας ἀπὸ θρόνων, καὶ ὕψωσε Taneous.
a He hath put down the mighty from their seats, band exalted them of low degree.
a The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength, 1 Sam. ii. 4. He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead, Job xxxiv. 24. Thus saith the Lord God; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent : in the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell. And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done it, Ezek. xvii. 22-24.
b The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich he bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory, 1 Sam. ii. 7,8. Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields: to set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety, Job v. 10, 11. Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock, Psal. cvii. 41. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; that he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people, cxiii. 7, 8. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: but the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away, James i. 9, 10. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up, iv. 10.
Πεινῶντας ἐνέπλησεν ἀγαθῶν, καὶ πλουτοῦντας ἐξαπέστειλε κενούς.
He hath filled the hungry with good
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things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
a See on Matt. v. ver. 6. clause 2. b See on chap. vi. ver. 24. VER. 54. Αντελάβετο Ισραὴλ παιδὸς αὐτοῦ, μνησθῆναι ἐλέους,
a He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy ;
a And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; as he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began. That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant, the oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life, ver. 6975. He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God, Psal. xcviii. 3. Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be for. gotten of me, Isa. xliv. 21. Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb: and even to your old age I am he; and even to hoary hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you, xlvi. 3, 4. But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers, and they that made thee waste, shall go forth of thee, Isa. xlix. 14-17. Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than