Luke 1:38
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New International Version
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." Then the angel left her.

New Living Translation
Mary responded, "I am the Lord's servant. May everything you have said about me come true." And then the angel left her.

English Standard Version
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

New American Standard Bible
And Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

King James Bible
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am the Lord's slave," said Mary. "May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel left her.

International Standard Version
Then Mary said, "Truly I am the Lord's servant. Let everything you have said happen to me." Then the angel left her.

NET Bible
So Mary said, "Yes, I am a servant of the Lord; let this happen to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Maryam said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of THE LORD JEHOVAH; let it be done to me according to your word”, and the Angel departed from her.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Mary answered, "I am the Lord's servant. Let everything you've said happen to me." Then the angel left her.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

King James 2000 Bible
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.

American King James Version
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.

American Standard Version
And Mary said, Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Darby Bible Translation
And Mary said, Behold the bondmaid of [the] Lord; be it to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

English Revised Version
And Mary said, Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Weymouth New Testament
"I am the Lord's maidservant," Mary replied; "may it be with me in accordance with your words!" And then the angel left her.

World English Bible
Mary said, "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it to me according to your word." The angel departed from her.

Young's Literal Translation
And Mary said, 'Lo, the maid-servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to thy saying,' and the messenger went away from her.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 38. - Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. "God's message," writes Godet, "by the mouth of the angel was not a command. The part Mary had to fulfill made no demands on her. It only remained, therefore, for Mary to consent to the consequences of the Divine offer. She gives this consent in a word at once simple and sublime, which involved the most extraordinary act of faith that a woman ever consented to accomplish. Mary accepts the sacrifice of that which is dearer to a young maiden than her very life, and thereby becomes pre-eminently the heroine of Israel, the ideal daughter of Zion." Nor was the immediate trouble and sorrow which she foresaw would soon compass her round by any means the whole burden which submission to the angel's message would bring upon the shrinking Nazareth maiden. The lot proposed to her would bring probably in its wake unknown sufferings as well as untold blessedness. We may with all reverence think Mary already feeling the first piercings in her heart of that sharp sword which was one day to wound so deeply the mother of sorrows; yet in spite of all this, in full view of the present woe, which submission to the Divine will would forthwith bring upon her, with an unknown future of sorrow in the background, Mary submitted herself of her own free will to what she felt was the will and wish of her God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Mary said, behold the handmaid of the Lord,.... In which words she expresses her obedience of faith; she owns herself to be the handmaid of the Lord, and desires to obey him, and be submissive to him as such; and tacitly acknowledges her meanness, and great unworthiness:

be it unto me according to thy word; she assented to what the angel said should be unto her; she earnestly desired it might be, and firmly believed it would be; she set her "Amen" to the angel's message:

and the angel departed from her; to the heavenly regions from whence he came; to his great Lord and master, that sent him; having dispatched the business he came about, and which he was accountable to him for.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

38. Marvellous faith in such circumstances!

Luke 1:38 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
37"For nothing will be impossible with God." 38And Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
Cross References
Luke 1:37
For no word from God will ever fail."

Luke 1:39
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,

Luke 1:48
for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,

Galatians 4:22
For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman.
Treasury of Scripture

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.

Behold.

2 Samuel 7:25-29 And now, O LORD God, the word that you have spoken concerning your …

Psalm 116:16 O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, and the son of …

Romans 4:20,21 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was …

be.

Psalm 119:38 Establish your word to your servant, who is devoted to your fear.

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