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

New Living Translation
A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town

English Standard Version
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah,

Berean Study Bible
In those days Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah,

Berean Literal Bible
And in those days Mary, having risen up, went with haste into the hill country, to a town of Judah,

New American Standard Bible
Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah,

King James Bible
And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah

International Standard Version
Later on, Mary set out for a Judean city in the hill country.

NET Bible
In those days Mary got up and went hurriedly into the hill country, to a town of Judah,

New Heart English Bible
Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Maryam arose in those days, and she went instantly to the mountains to a city of Judea.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Soon afterward, Mary hurried to a city in the mountain region of Judah.

New American Standard 1977
Now at this time Mary arose and went with haste to the hill country, to a city of Judah,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda

King James 2000 Bible
And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah;

American King James Version
And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

American Standard Version
And Mary arose in these days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda.

Darby Bible Translation
And Mary, rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah,

English Revised Version
And Mary arose in these days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah;

Webster's Bible Translation
And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill-country with haste, into a city of Judah,

Weymouth New Testament
Not long after this, Mary rose up and went in haste into the hill country to a town in Judah.

World English Bible
Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah,

Young's Literal Translation
And Mary having arisen in those days, went to the hill-country, with haste, to a city of Judea,
Study Bible
Mary Visits Elizabeth
38“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her. 39In those days Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah, 40where she entered the home of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.…
Cross References
Joshua 20:7
So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah.

Joshua 21:11
Thus they gave them Kiriath-arba, Arba being the father of Anak (that is, Hebron), in the hill country of Judah, with its surrounding pasture lands.

Luke 1:38
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it happen to me according to your word." Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:40
where she entered the home of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.

Luke 1:65
All their neighbors were filled with awe, and people throughout the hill country of Judea were talking about these events.
Treasury of Scripture

And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

into.

Joshua 10:40 So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and …

Joshua 15:48-59 And in the mountains, Shamir, and Jattir, and Socoh…

Joshua 21:9-11 And they gave out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out …

city. This was most probably Hebron, a city of the priests, and situated in the hill country of Judea, (Jos.

Luke 11:21 When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace:

Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences…

Luke 21:13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

(39) The hill country . . . a city of Juda.--The description is too vague to be identified with any certainty. The form of the proper noun is the same as that in "Bethlehem, of the land of Juda," in Matthew 2:6. The city may have been one of those assigned to the priests within the limits of the tribe of Judah, and if so, it is interesting to think of the Virgin as undertaking a journey which brought her not far from the very spot in which she was to give birth to the divine Child. No city of the name of Juda is known, but there is a Juttah in Joshua 15:55; Joshua 21:16, in the neighbourhood of Maon and the Judan Carmel, and therefore in the "hill country," which may possibly be that which is here referred to.

Verse 39. - Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste. Between the annunciation and this journey of Mary to visit her cousin Elisabeth, we must interpose the events narrated in St. Matthew's Gospel, viz. the natural suspicion of her betrothed future husband, Joseph. his action in the matter; and then the dream of Joseph, in which her innocence was vindicated. As we believe that St. Luke's story here was derived from Mary's own narrative, we can understand well that these details, related by St. Matthew, were scarcely touched upon, and the mother would hurry on to the real points of interest in that eventful past of hers. The hill country here alluded to is the elevated district of Judah, Benjamin, and Mount Ephraim, in contradistinction to the low maritime plain on the east - the old Philistia. Into a city of Juda. There is no such city known as "Juda." Some have supposed that the text is corrupt here, and that for "Yuda" we should read "Jutta," which, according to Joshua 15:55, was a priestly city in the hill country. There is a rabbinical tradition in the Talmud which places the residence of Zacharias at Hebron. It is very probable that Hebron, the great priestly city, is here signified. And Mary arose in those days,.... The Ethiopic version renders it, "in that day"; directly, immediately, as soon as the angel was gone from her; partly to know the truth of things, and to make use of the sign which had been given her, for the further confirmation of her faith, which was very right and proper for her to do; and partly to converse with Elisabeth about the great things which God had done for each of them, and to praise his name together: "and went into the hill country with haste"; the same which is called the country of the hills, and the hills, and the mountains, in Joshua 10:40 where the Septuagint use the same word as here: the land of Judea was divided into three parts, "the mountain", or hill country, the champaign country, and the valley (b): from Betboron to Emmaus is "the hill country"; from Emmaus to Lud, or Lydda, is the champaign country; and from Lydda to the sea, the valley (c). This place is frequently called, in the Jewish writings (d), the king's mountain, or the royal mountain, and is said to be very full of cities: ten thousand cities, they say (e), were in the king's mountain, and a thousand of them belonged to R. Eleazer ben Harsum: yea, they say (f), that king Jannai had sixty myriads of cities in the mountain of the king. The Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions render it, "went to the mountain", to this mountain, and which is called the mountain, or, as we read it, the hill country of Judah, Joshua 21:11 on which Hebron was situated; and seems to be the city next mentioned: into a city of Judah; for that was given to the children of Aaron and so may reasonably be thought to be the city where Zacharias dwelt, and not Jerusalem, which was in the tribe of Benjamin. Hebron was a city peculiar to the priests; whereas Jerusalem was not; and it was in the hill country of Judea; it was remarkable for the goodness of its stones. It is said (g).

"you have no stones in all the land of Israel harder than at Hebron; hence they buried the dead there.

(b) Misn. Sheviith, c. 9. sect. 2. Maimon & Bartenora in ib. (c) T. Hieros. Sheviith, fol. 38. 4. (d) Targum in Jud. iv. 5. T. Hieros. Avoda Zara, fol. 44. 4. (e) T. Hieros. Taanioth, fol. 69. 1.((f) T. Bab. Gittin, fol. 57. 1.((g) T. Bab. Sota, fol. 34. 2. & Cetnbot, fol. 112. 1.Lu 1:39-56. Visit of Mary to Elisabeth.

39. hill country—the mountainous tract running along the middle of Judea, from north to south [Webster and Wilkinson].

with haste—transported with the announcement to herself and with the tidings, now first made known to her, of Elisabeth's condition.

a city of Juda—probably Hebron (see Jos 20:7; 21:11).1:39-56 It is very good for those who have the work of grace begun in their souls, to communicate one to another. On Mary's arrival, Elisabeth was conscious of the approach of her who was to be the mother of the great Redeemer. At the same time she was filled with the Holy Ghost, and under his influence declared that Mary and her expected child were most blessed and happy, as peculiarly honoured of and dear to the Most High God. Mary, animated by Elisabeth's address, and being also under the influence of the Holy Ghost, broke out into joy, admiration, and gratitude. She knew herself to be a sinner who needed a Saviour, and that she could no otherwise rejoice in God than as interested in his salvation through the promised Messiah. Those who see their need of Christ, and are desirous of righteousness and life in him, he fills with good things, with the best things; and they are abundantly satisfied with the blessings he gives. He will satisfy the desires of the poor in spirit who long for spiritual blessings, while the self-sufficient shall be sent empty away.
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