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Luke 1:54-55

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1:54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering 1  his mercy, 2 

1:55 as he promised 3  to our ancestors, 4  to Abraham and to his descendants 5  forever.”

Luke 1:72

Context

1:72 He has done this 6  to show mercy 7  to our ancestors, 8 

and to remember his holy covenant 9 

1 tn Or “because he remembered mercy,” understanding the infinitive as causal.

2 tn Or “his [God’s] loyal love.”

3 tn Grk “as he spoke.” Since this is a reference to the covenant to Abraham, ἐλάλησεν (elalhsen) can be translated in context “as he promised.” God keeps his word.

4 tn Grk “fathers.”

5 tn Grk “his seed” (an idiom for offspring or descendants).

6 tn The words “He has done this” (referring to the raising up of the horn of salvation from David’s house) are not in the Greek text, but are supplied to allow a new sentence to be started in the translation. The Greek sentence is lengthy and complex at this point, while contemporary English uses much shorter sentences.

7 sn Mercy refers to God’s loyal love (steadfast love) by which he completes his promises. See Luke 1:50.

8 tn Or “our forefathers”; Grk “our fathers.” This begins with the promise to Abraham (vv. 55, 73), and thus refers to many generations of ancestors.

9 sn The promises of God can be summarized as being found in the one promise (the oath that he swore) to Abraham (Gen 12:1-3).



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