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Luke 1:68-69

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1:68 “Blessed 1  be the Lord God of Israel,

because he has come to help 2  and has redeemed 3  his people.

1:69 For 4  he has raised up 5  a horn of salvation 6  for us in the house of his servant David, 7 

1 sn The traditional name of this psalm, the “Benedictus,” comes from the Latin wording of the start of the hymn (“Blessed be…”).

2 sn The verb come to help can refer to a visit, but can also connote concern or assistance (L&N 85.11).

3 tn Or “has delivered”; Grk “has accomplished redemption.”

sn Has redeemed is a reference to redemption, but it anticipates the total release into salvation that the full work of Messiah will bring for Israel. This involves both spiritual and material benefits eventually.

4 tn Grk “and,” but specifying the reason for the praise in the psalm.

5 sn The phrase raised up means for God to bring someone significant onto the scene of history.

6 sn The horn of salvation is a figure that refers to the power of Messiah and his ability to protect, as the horn refers to what an animal uses to attack and defend (Ps 75:4-5, 10; 148:14; 2 Sam 22:3). Thus the meaning of the figure is “a powerful savior.”

7 sn In the house of his servant David is a reference to Messiah’s Davidic descent. Zechariah is more interested in Jesus than his own son John at this point.



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