Luke 1:56
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New International Version
Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

New Living Translation
Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back to her own home.

English Standard Version
And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.

Berean Study Bible
Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

Berean Literal Bible
And Mary dwelt with her about three months, and returned to her home.

New American Standard Bible
And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.

King James Bible
And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And Mary stayed with her about three months; then she returned to her home.

International Standard Version
Now Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.

NET Bible
So Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home.

New Heart English Bible
Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her house.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Maryam stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and she returned to her house.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.

New American Standard 1977
And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Mary abode with her about three months and then returned to her own house.

King James 2000 Bible
And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

American King James Version
And Mary stayed with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

American Standard Version
And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned unto her house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Mary abode with her about three months; and she returned to her own house.

Darby Bible Translation
And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her house.

English Revised Version
And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned unto her house.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

Weymouth New Testament
So Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned home.

World English Bible
Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her house.

Young's Literal Translation
And Mary remained with her about three months, and turned back to her house.
Study Bible
Mary's Song
55as He promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his descendants forever.” 56Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. 57When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son.…
Cross References
Luke 1:55
as He promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his descendants forever."

Luke 1:57
When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son.
Treasury of Scripture

And Mary stayed with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

(56) And Mary abode with her about three months.--This brings the time so close to the birth of the Baptist that we might well deem it likely that the Virgin waited for it. On the other hand, the next verse seems almost to imply her previous departure. In any case, we may think of the three months as a time of much communion of heart and hope on the great things which God had done and was about to do for Israel.

And Mary abode with her about three months,.... That is, she continued with Elisabeth, as the Syriac and Persic versions express, about the space of three months; in which time, she had full satisfaction of the truth of the sign the angel had given her; namely, of Elisabeth's conception and pregnancy, for by this time she was ready to give birth; and she must now be fully assured, that she was with child herself: this space of three months is a term of time fixed by the Jewish doctors, to know whether a woman is with child or not, as in case of divorce or death: the rule runs thus (k),

"every woman that is divorced, or becomes a widow, lo! she may not marry, nor be betrothed, until she waits, , ninety days (i.e. three months), exclusive of the day in which she is divorced, or her husband dies, and of the day in which she is betrothed; that so it may be known whether she is with child or not, in order to distinguish between the seed of the former, and the seed of the second husband.

And so in the case of marrying the wife of a brother, that died without issue (l), and of newly married couples mistaking their spouses (m):

and returned to her own house; at Nazareth, in Galilee; and now it was, that Joseph, to whom she was betrothed, perceived she was with child; and suspecting evil, had a mind to put her away privately; but was informed by an angel of God, in a dream, of the whole matter; and was advised and encouraged to take her to wife, which he accordingly did; see Matthew 1:18.

(k) Maimon. Hilch. Gerushin, c. 11. sect. 18. Vid. T. Bab. Becorot, fol. 47. 1.((l) Misn. Yebamot, c. 4. sect. 10. T. Hieros, Yebamot, fol. 6. 1. T. Bab. ib. fol. 34. 2. & 35. 1. Maimon. Hilch. Yebum, c. 1. sect 19. T. Bab. Erubin, fol. 47. 1.((m) Misn. Yebamot, c. 3. sect. 10. 56. abode with her about three months—What an honored roof was that which, for such a period, overarched these cousins! and yet not a trace of it is now to be seen, while the progeny of those two women—the one but the honored pioneer of the other—have made the world new.

returned to her own house—at Nazareth, after which took place what is recorded in Mt 1:18-25.1:39-56 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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