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Luke 1:13

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1:13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, 1  and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you 2  will name him John. 3 

Luke 1:30

Context
1:30 So 4  the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, 5  Mary, for you have found favor 6  with God!

1 tn The passive means that the prayer was heard by God.

sn Your prayer has been heard. Zechariah’s prayer while offering the sacrifice would have been for the nation, but the answer to the prayer also gave them a long hoped-for child, a hope they had abandoned because of their old age.

2 tn Grk “a son, and you”; καί (kai) has not been translated. Instead a semicolon is used in the translation for stylistic reasons.

3 tn Grk “you will call his name John.” The future tense here functions like a command (see ExSyn 569-70). This same construction occurs in v. 31.

snDo not be afraid…you must call his name John.” This is a standard birth announcement (see Gen 16:11; Isa 7:14; Matt 1:21; Luke 1:31).

4 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate that Gabriel’s statement is a response to Mary’s perplexity over the greeting.

5 sn Do not be afraid. See 1:13 for a similar statement to Zechariah.

6 tn Or “grace.”

sn The expression found favor is a Semitism, common in the OT (Gen 6:8; 18:3; 43:14; 2 Sam 15:25). God has chosen to act on this person’s behalf.



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