Luke 1:32
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New International Version
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,

New Living Translation
He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.

English Standard Version
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,

Berean Study Bible
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David,

Berean Literal Bible
He will be great, and He will be called Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David,

New American Standard Bible
"He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;

King James Bible
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

International Standard Version
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.

NET Bible
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.

New Heart English Bible
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father, David,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
This One will be great and he will be called The Son of The Highest and THE LORD JEHOVAH will give to him the throne of David his father,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will be a great man and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.

New American Standard 1977
“He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David;

King James 2000 Bible
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

American King James Version
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give to him the throne of his father David:

American Standard Version
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
He shall be great, and shall be called Son of [the] Highest; and [the] Lord God shall give him the throne of David his father;

English Revised Version
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

Webster's Bible Translation
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David.

Weymouth New Testament
He will be great and He will be called 'Son of the Most High.' And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His forefather David;

World English Bible
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father, David,

Young's Literal Translation
he shall be great, and Son of the Highest he shall be called, and the Lord God shall give him the throne of David his father,
Study Bible
Gabriel Foretells Jesus' Birth
31Behold, you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you shall give Him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, 33and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever. His kingdom will never end!”…
Cross References
2 Samuel 7:12
"When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom.

2 Samuel 7:13
"He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

Psalm 132:12
"If your sons will keep My covenant And My testimony which I will teach them, Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forever."

Isaiah 9:7
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.

Jeremiah 17:25
then there will come in through the gates of this city kings and princes sitting on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their princes, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and this city will be inhabited forever.

Jeremiah 22:2
and say, 'Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, who sits on David's throne, you and your servants and your people who enter these gates.

Jeremiah 23:5
"Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land.

Daniel 2:44
"In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.

Matthew 1:1
This is the record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Mark 5:7
And he shouted in a loud voice, "What do You want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You before God not to torture me."
Treasury of Scripture

He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give to him the throne of his father David:

shall be great.

Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither …

Luke 3:16 John answered, saying to them all, I indeed baptize you with water; …

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water to repentance. but he that comes …

Matthew 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, …

Philippians 2:9-11 Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is …

the Son.

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come …

Mark 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with you, …

Mark 14:61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest …

John 6:69 And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the living God.

Acts 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the …

Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit …

Hebrews 1:2-8 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed …

give.

2 Samuel 7:11-13 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people …

Psalm 132:11 The LORD has sworn in truth to David; he will not turn from it; Of …

Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Isaiah 16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit on …

Jeremiah 23:5,6 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David …

Jeremiah 33:15-17 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness …

Ezekiel 17:22-24 Thus said the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of …

Ezekiel 34:23,24 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, …

Ezekiel 37:24,25 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall …

Amos 9:11,12 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, …

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

John 3:35,36 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand…

John 5:21-29 For as the Father raises up the dead, and vivifies them; even so …

John 12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ …

Acts 2:30,36 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an …

Ephesians 1:20-23 Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and …

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things …

(32) Shall be called the Son of the Highest.--It is noticeable that this name applied to our Lord by the angel, appears afterwards as uttered by the demoniacs (Mark 5:7). On the history of the name, see Note on Mark 5:7.

The throne of his father David.--The words seem at first to suggest the thought that the Virgin was of the house of David, and that the title to the throne was thus derived through her. This may have been so (see Note on Luke 3:23-38), and the intermarriage which had taken place in olden times between the house of Aaron and that of David (Exodus 6:23; 2Kings 11:2) show that this might be quite consistent with the relationship to Elizabeth mentioned in Luke 1:36. On the other hand, it must be remembered that the genealogies, both in St. Matthew and St. Luke, appear, at first sight, to give the lineage of Joseph only, and therefore that, if this were, as many have believed, the Evangelist's point of view, our Lord, notwithstanding the supernatural birth, was thought of as inheriting from him. The form of the promise, which might well lead to the expectation of a revived kingdom of Israel after the manner of that of David, takes its place among the most memorable instances of prophecies that have been fulfilled in quite another fashion than those who first heard them could have imagined possible. That the Evangelist who recorded it held that it was fulfilled in the Kingdom of Heaven, the spiritual sovereignty of the Christ, is shown by the fact that he records it in the same Gospel as that which tells of the Crucifixion and Ascension.

Verse 32. - The Son of the Highest. It is singular that this title, given by the angel to the yet unborn child, was the one given to the Redeemer by the evil spirit in the case of the poor possessed (see Mark 5:7). Is this the title, or one of the titles, by which our Master is known in that greater world beyond our knowledge? The throne of his father David; clearly indicating that Mary herself was of royal lineage, although this is nowhere definitely stated (see Psalm 132:11). These words of the angel are as yet unfulfilled. They clearly speak of a restoration of Israel, still, as far as we can see, very distant. Nearly nineteen centuries have passed since Gabriel spoke of a restored throne of David, of a kingdom in Jacob to which should come no end. The people, through all the changing fortune of empires, have been indeed strangely kept distinct and separate, ready for the mighty change; but the eventful hour still tarries. It has been well observed how St. Luke's report of the angel's words here could never have been a forgery - as one school of critics asserts - of the second century. Would any writer in the second century, after the failure of Jesus among the Jews was well known, when the fall of Jerusalem had already taken place, have made an angel prophesy what is expressed here? He shall be great,.... In his person, as God-man; this child born, and Son given, being the angel of the great counsel, the mighty God, and everlasting Father; Isaiah 9:6 which is here referred to; and in his offices, in his prophetic office, being that great and famous prophet Moses spoke of, mighty in word and deed, in his doctrine and miracles; in his priestly office, being a great high priest, both in the oblation of himself, and in his prevalent intercession; and in his kingly office, being the King of kings, and Lord of Lords; and in the whole of his office, as Mediator, being a great Saviour, the author of a great salvation for great sinners; in which is greatly displayed the glory of all the divine perfections: great also in his works, the miracles that he wrought, as proofs of his Deity and Messiahship, the work of redemption, the resurrection of himself from the dead, and of all men at the last day; and in the glory he is now possessed of in human nature, at the Father's right hand, where he is highly exalted above all principality and power:

and shall be called the Son of the Highest; that is, of God, of whose names is "the Most High"; see Genesis 14:18 not by creation, as angels and men, nor by adoption, as saints, nor by office, as magistrates, are called "the children of the Most High", Psalm 82:6 but by nature, being the eternal Son of God; of the same nature with him, and equal to him: for he was not now to begin to be the Son of God, he was so before, even from all eternity; but the sense is, that he should now be known, owned, and acknowledged to be the Son of God, being as such manifested in human nature, and should be proved to be so by the works he wrought, and declared to be the Son of God with power by his resurrection from the dead:

and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. Christ, as God, is the Son of God, as man, the son of David; a name often given to the Messiah, and by which he was well known among the Jews; and as Christ descended from him as man, in a literal sense, he had a right to the throne of his father David; and the Jews themselves say, that he was , "nearly allied to the kingdom" (w): but here it intends not his throne, in a literal, but in a figurative sense; for as David was a type of the Messiah in his kingly office, hence the Messiah is called "David their king", Hosea 3:5 so his throne was typical of the Messiah's throne and kingdom; which is not of this world, but is in his church, and is set up in the hearts of his people, where he reigns by his Spirit and grace; and this is a throne and kingdom "given" by the Lord God. The kingdom of nature and providence he has by right of nature, as the Son of the Highest; the kingdom of grace, or the mediatorial kingdom, the kingdom of priests, or royal priesthood, is a delegated one; his Father has set him as king over his holy hill of Zion; and he is accountable for his government to him, and will one day deliver it up complete and perfect,

(w) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 43. 1.32, 33. This is but an echo of the sublime prediction in Isa 9:6, 7.1:26-38 We have here an account of the mother of our Lord; though we are not to pray to her, yet we ought to praise God for her. Christ must be born miraculously. The angel's address means only, Hail, thou that art the especially chosen and favoured of the Most High, to attain the honour Jewish mothers have so long desired. This wondrous salutation and appearance troubled Mary. The angel then assured her that she had found favour with God, and would become the mother of a son whose name she should call Jesus, the Son of the Highest, one in a nature and perfection with the Lord God. JESUS! the name that refreshes the fainting spirits of humbled sinners; sweet to speak and sweet to hear, Jesus, a Saviour! We know not his riches and our own poverty, therefore we run not to him; we perceive not that we are lost and perishing, therefore a Saviour is a word of little relish. Were we convinced of the huge mass of guilt that lies upon us, and the wrath that hangs over us for it, ready to fall upon us, it would be our continual thought, Is the Saviour mine? And that we might find him so, we should trample on all that hinders our way to him. Mary's reply to the angel was the language of faith and humble admiration, and she asked no sign for the confirming her faith. Without controversy, great was the mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh, 1Ti 3:16. Christ's human nature must be produced so, as it was fit that should be which was to be taken into union with the Divine nature. And we must, as Mary here, guide our desires by the word of God. In all conflicts, let us remember that with God nothing is impossible; and as we read and hear his promises, let us turn them into prayers, Behold the willing servant of the Lord; let it be unto me according to thy word.
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