Luke 1:21
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New International Version
Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.

New Living Translation
Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah to come out of the sanctuary, wondering why he was taking so long.

English Standard Version
And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple.

Berean Study Bible
Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he took so long in the temple.

Berean Literal Bible
And the people were expecting Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delaying in temple.

New American Standard Bible
The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.

King James Bible
And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah, amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary.

International Standard Version
Meanwhile, the people kept waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed in the sanctuary so long.

NET Bible
Now the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they began to wonder why he was delayed in the holy place.

New Heart English Bible
The people were waiting for Zechariah, and they marveled that he delayed in the temple.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the people were standing and waiting for Zacharia, and they were wondering at his tarrying in The Temple.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah. They were amazed that he was staying in the temple so long.

New American Standard 1977
And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the people waited for Zacharias and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

King James 2000 Bible
And the people waited for Zachariah, and marveled that he tarried so long in the temple.

American King James Version
And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he tarried so long in the temple.

American Standard Version
And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marvelled while he tarried in the temple.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the people were waiting for Zachary; and they wondered that he tarried so long in the temple.

Darby Bible Translation
And the people were awaiting Zacharias, and they wondered at his delaying in the temple.

English Revised Version
And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marveled while he tarried in the temple.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he tarried so long in the temple.

Weymouth New Testament
Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah, and were surprised that he stayed so long in the Sanctuary.

World English Bible
The people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marveled that he delayed in the temple.

Young's Literal Translation
And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and wondering at his tarrying in the sanctuary,
Study Bible
Gabriel Foretells John's Birth
20And now you will be silent and unable to speak until the day this comes to pass, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time.” 21Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he took so long in the temple. 22When he came out and was unable to speak to them, they realized he had seen a vision in the temple. He kept making signs to them but remained speechless.…
Cross References
Matthew 8:10
When Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those following Him, "Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

Matthew 27:5
So Judas threw the silver into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

Luke 1:20
And now you will be silent and unable to speak until the day this comes to pass, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time."

Luke 1:22
When he came out and was unable to speak to them, they realized he had seen a vision in the temple. He kept making signs to them but remained speechless.
Treasury of Scripture

And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he tarried so long in the temple.

Numbers 6:23-27 Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, On this wise you shall bless …

Verse 21. - And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he tarried so long in the temple. The Talmud tells us that even the high priest did not terry long in the holy of holies on the Day of Atonement. The same feeling of holy awe would induce the ministering priest of the day to perform his functions with no unnecessary delay, and to leave as soon as possible the holy place. The people praying in the court without were in the habit of waiting until the priest on duty came out of the sacred inner chamber, after which they were dismissed with the blessing. The unusual delay in the appearance of Zacharias puzzled and disturbed the worshippers. And the people waited for Zacharias,.... That were without, in the court of the Israelites, praying there, while he was offering incense: these were waiting for his coming out, in order to be blessed by him, according to Numbers 6:23 and be dismissed: and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple; beyond the usual time of burning incense; which might be occasioned either by a longer discourse of the angel with him than what is here related; or being struck with amazement at the sight and hearing of the angel, he might continue long musing on this unexpected appearance and relation; or he might spend some time not only in meditation upon it, but in mental prayer, confession, and thanksgiving. The high priest, when he went in to burn incense on the day of atonement,

"made a short prayer in the outward house, (in the temple,) and he did not continue long in his prayer, , "that he might not affright" the Israelites'' (m),

thinking that he was dead; for many high priests that were unfit for, or made alteration in the service, died in the holy of holies (n),

"It is reported (o) of one high priest, that he continued long in his prayer, and his brethren, the priests, thought to have gone in after him; and they began to go in, and he came out; they say unto him, why didst thou continue long in thy prayer? he replied to them, is it hard in your eyes that I should pray for you, and for the house of the sanctuary, that it might not be destroyed? they answered him, be not used to do so; for we have learned, that a man should not continue long in prayer, that he may not affright Israel.

This high priest, they elsewhere say (p), was Simeon the just,

(m) Misna Yoma, c. 5. sect. 1.((n) Maimon. & Bartenora in ib. (o) T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 53. 2.((p) T. Hieros. Yoma, fol. 42. 3.21. waited—to receive from him the usual benediction (Nu 6:23-27).

tarried so long—It was not usual to tarry long, lest it should be thought vengeance had stricken the people's representative for something wrong [Lightfoot].1:5-25 The father and mother of John the Baptist were sinners as all are, and were justified and saved in the same way as others; but they were eminent for piety and integrity. They had no children, and it could not be expected that Elisabeth should have any in her old age. While Zacharias was burning incense in the temple, the whole multitude of the people were praying without. All the prayers we offer up to God, are acceptable and successful only by Christ's intercession in the temple of God above. We cannot expect an interest therein if we do not pray, and pray with our spirits, and are not earnest in prayer. Nor can we expect that the best of our prayers should gain acceptance, and bring an answer of peace, but through the mediation of Christ, who ever lives, making intercession. The prayers Zacharias often made, received an answer of peace. Prayers of faith are filed in heaven, and are not forgotten. Prayers made when we were young and entering into the world, may be answered when we are old and going out of the world. Mercies are doubly sweet that are given in answer to prayer. Zacharias shall have a son in his old age, who shall be instrumental in the conversion of many souls to God, and preparing them to receive the gospel of Christ. He shall go before Him with courage, zeal, holiness, and a mind dead to earthly interests and pleasures. The disobedient and rebellious would be brought back to the wisdom of their righteous forefathers, or rather, brought to attend to the wisdom of that Just One who was coming among them. Zacharias heard all that the angel said; but his unbelief spake. In striking him dumb, God dealt justly with him, because he had objected against God's word. We may admire the patience of God towards us. God dealt kindly with him, for thus he prevented his speaking any more distrustful, unbelieving words. Thus also God confirmed his faith. If by the rebukes we are under for our sin, we are brought to give the more credit to the word of God, we have no reason to complain. Even real believers are apt to dishonour God by unbelief; and their mouths are stopped in silence and confusion, when otherwise they would have been praising God with joy and gratitude. In God's gracious dealings with us we ought to observe his gracious regards to us. He has looked on us with compassion and favour, and therefore has thus dealt with us.
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