Luke 1:46
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New International Version
And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord

New Living Translation
Mary responded, "Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.

English Standard Version
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,

New American Standard Bible
And Mary said: "My soul exalts the Lord,

King James Bible
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

International Standard Version
Then Mary said, "My soul praises the greatness of the Lord!

NET Bible
And Mary said, "My soul exalts the Lord,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Maryam said, “My soul exalts THE LORD JEHOVAH”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Mary said, "My soul praises the Lord's greatness!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord,

King James 2000 Bible
And Mary said, My soul does magnify the Lord,

American King James Version
And Mary said, My soul does magnify the Lord,

American Standard Version
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord,

English Revised Version
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

Webster's Bible Translation
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

Weymouth New Testament
Then Mary said: "My soul extols the Lord,

World English Bible
Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
And Mary said, 'My soul doth magnify the Lord,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 46-56. - The hymn of Mary, commonly called the Magnificat. Verse 46a. - And Mary said. There is a great contrast between the behavior of the two women when they met in Elisabeth's house. The elder was full of a new strange ecstatic joy. "She was filled with the Holy Ghost" (verse 42), and spoke her words of lofty congratulation with "a loud voice" (verse 42). Mary, on the other hand, was not conscious evidently, on this occasion, of any special presence of the Holy Spirit. Since the hour of the annunciation and her own meek faithful acceptance of the Lord's purpose, she had been dwelling, so to speak, under the immediate influence of the Spirit of the Lord. Her cousin's inspiration seems to have been momentary and transitory, while hers, during that strange blessed season which immediately preceded the Incarnation, was enduring. Hence the quiet introduction to her hymn, "And Mary said." It is, of course, possible that she had committed the beautiful thoughts to writing; but perhaps, in giving them to Luke or Paul, she needed no parchment scroll, but softly repeated to the chronicler of the Divine story the old song in which she had first told her deep imaginings to Elisabeth, and afterwards often had murmur the same bright words of joy and faith over the holy Babe as he lay in his cradle at Bethlehem, in Egypt, or in Nazareth. The "Virgin's Hymn" for nearly fourteen centuries has been used in the public liturgies of Christendom. We find it first in the ethics of Lauds in the Rule of St. Caesarius of Aries (A.D. 507).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Mary said, my soul doth magnify the Lord. Either Jehovah, the Father, or the Son; who, as he was David's Lord, according to his divine nature, though his son after the flesh, was, in the same sense, Mary's Lord, as well as her son: and by "magnifying" him is meant, not making him great, for he cannot be made greater than he is; but ascribing greatness to him, even all the perfections of the Deity, and praising him on account of them; and also declaring and speaking well of his many and mighty works of power, goodness, grace, and mercy, and giving him the glory of them: this Mary did, not in lip and word only, but with her whole heart and, soul, and with all the powers and faculties of it; being filled with the Holy Ghost, and under a more than ordinary influence of his, as her cousin Elisabeth was: and it is to be observed, that she all along speaks in the prophetic style, of things, as if they were done, which were doing, or would shortly be done.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

46-55. A magnificent canticle, in which the strain of Hannah's ancient song, in like circumstances, is caught up, and just slightly modified and sublimed. Is it unnatural to suppose that the spirit of the blessed Virgin had been drawn beforehand into mysterious sympathy with the ideas and the tone of this hymn, so that when the life and fire of inspiration penetrated her whole soul it spontaneously swept the chorus of this song, enriching the Hymnal of the Church with that spirit-stirring canticle which has resounded ever since from its temple walls? In both songs, those holy women, filled with wonder to behold "the proud, the mighty, the rich," passed by, and, in their persons the lowliest chosen to usher in the greatest events, sing of this as no capricious movement, but a great law of the kingdom of God, by which He delights to "put down the mighty from their seats and exalt them of low degree." In both songs the strain dies away on Christ; in Hannah's under the name of "Jehovah's King"—to whom, through all His line, from David onwards to Himself, He will "give strength"; His "Anointed," whose horn He will exalt (1Sa 2:10); in the Virgin's song, it is as the "Help" promised to Israel by all the prophets.

My soul … my spirit—"all that is within me" (Ps 103:1).

Luke 1:46 Additional Commentaries
Context
Mary's Song of Praise
46And Mary said: "My soul exalts the Lord, 47And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:1
Then Hannah prayed and said: "My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.

Psalm 34:2
I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Psalm 34:3
Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Treasury of Scripture

And Mary said, My soul does magnify the Lord,

1 Samuel 2:1 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoices in the LORD, my horn …

Psalm 34:2,3 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, …

Psalm 35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.

Psalm 103:1,2 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name…

Isaiah 24:15,16 Why glorify you the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD …

Isaiah 45:25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my …

Habakkuk 3:17,18 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in …

Romans 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, …

1 Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, …

Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and …

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, …

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