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Luke 1:69-70


1:69 For 1  he has raised up 2  a horn of salvation 3  for us in the house of his servant David, 4 

1:70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from long ago, 5 

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

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

3 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.”

4 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.

5 tn Grk “from the ages,” “from eternity.”

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