Luke 1:6
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New International Version
Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commands and decrees blamelessly.

New Living Translation
Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God's eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord's commandments and regulations.

English Standard Version
And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.

King James Bible
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Both were righteous in God's sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord.

International Standard Version
Both of them were righteous before God, having lived blamelessly according to all of the commandments and regulations of the Lord.

NET Bible
They were both righteous in the sight of God, following all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Both of them were righteous before God, and they were walking in all the commandments and in the judgments of THE LORD JEHOVAH without reproa

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Zechariah and Elizabeth had God's approval. They followed all the Lord's commands and regulations perfectly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, blameless.

King James 2000 Bible
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

American King James Version
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

American Standard Version
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and justifications of the Lord without blame.

Darby Bible Translation
And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

English Revised Version
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

Weymouth New Testament
They were both of them upright before God, blamelessly obeying all the Lord's precepts and ordinances.

World English Bible
They were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
and they were both righteous before God, going on in all the commands and righteousnesses of the Lord blameless,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:5-25 The father and mother of John the Baptist were sinners as all are, and were justified and saved in the same way as others; but they were eminent for piety and integrity. They had no children, and it could not be expected that Elisabeth should have any in her old age. While Zacharias was burning incense in the temple, the whole multitude of the people were praying without. All the prayers we offer up to God, are acceptable and successful only by Christ's intercession in the temple of God above. We cannot expect an interest therein if we do not pray, and pray with our spirits, and are not earnest in prayer. Nor can we expect that the best of our prayers should gain acceptance, and bring an answer of peace, but through the mediation of Christ, who ever lives, making intercession. The prayers Zacharias often made, received an answer of peace. Prayers of faith are filed in heaven, and are not forgotten. Prayers made when we were young and entering into the world, may be answered when we are old and going out of the world. Mercies are doubly sweet that are given in answer to prayer. Zacharias shall have a son in his old age, who shall be instrumental in the conversion of many souls to God, and preparing them to receive the gospel of Christ. He shall go before Him with courage, zeal, holiness, and a mind dead to earthly interests and pleasures. The disobedient and rebellious would be brought back to the wisdom of their righteous forefathers, or rather, brought to attend to the wisdom of that Just One who was coming among them. Zacharias heard all that the angel said; but his unbelief spake. In striking him dumb, God dealt justly with him, because he had objected against God's word. We may admire the patience of God towards us. God dealt kindly with him, for thus he prevented his speaking any more distrustful, unbelieving words. Thus also God confirmed his faith. If by the rebukes we are under for our sin, we are brought to give the more credit to the word of God, we have no reason to complain. Even real believers are apt to dishonour God by unbelief; and their mouths are stopped in silence and confusion, when otherwise they would have been praising God with joy and gratitude. In God's gracious dealings with us we ought to observe his gracious regards to us. He has looked on us with compassion and favour, and therefore has thus dealt with us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - And they were both righteous before God. "One of the oldest terms of high praise among the Jews (Genesis 6:9; Genesis 7:1; Genesis 18:23-28; Ezekiel 18:5-9, etc.). It is used also of Joseph (Matthew 1:19), and is defined in the following words in the most technical sense of strict legal observance, which it had acquired since the days of Maccabees. The true Jashar (upright man) was the ideal Jew. Thus Rashi calls the Book of Genesis 'The book of the upright, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob '" (Farrar).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And they were both righteous before God,.... Not as the Pharisees, only righteous before men, but in the sight of God, who sees the heart, and whose judgment is according to truth; and therefore were not justified by the deeds of the law; for by them no man can be justified in the sight of God; but were made righteous through the righteousness of Christ, by which the saints were made righteous before the coming of Christ, as those after it: see Acts 15:11. God beheld them in his Son, as clothed with that righteousness he engaged to bring in, and as cleansed from all sin in that blood of his which was to be shed: and they appeared to him, and in the eye of his justice, and according to his law, righteous persons: though this character may also regard the internal holiness of their hearts, and the truth and sincerity of grace in them: which God, who trieth the hearts and reins of the children of men, knew, took notice of, and bore testimony to: as likewise their holy, upright walk and conversation before men, and which was observed by God, and acceptable to him, though imperfect, as arising from a principle of grace, being performed in the faith and fear of him, and with a view to his glory, and for the sake, and through the righteousness of his Son,

Walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord: this was not the matter of their righteousness before God, but the evidence of it before men: "by the commandments" are meant, all those that are of a moral nature, which regarded their duty to God and man, and which are comprehended in love to both; and by "the ordinances of the Lord", are intended the injunctions and institutions of the ceremonial law, which is called the law of commandments, contained in ordinances, which, though now abolished, were then in force: and it was right and commendable in them to observe them, who, by their "walking" in them, showed they loved them, both one and the other; esteemed them, concerning all things to be right; and had respect to them all, and observed them, and took pleasure in walking in them, which, by the grace of God, they continued to do; for walking not only shows that these commands and ordinances were a way marked out for them, but in which they took pleasure, and made progress: and were

blameless; not that they were without sin, as none are; and it appears from this chapter that Zacharias was not, see Luke 1:20 but they were so in the sight of God; as they were justified by the righteousness of Christ, so they were without fault before the throne, and unreproveable before God; and as to their moral and religious character and conduct before men, they did not indulge themselves in any known sin, but lived in all good conscience among men: nor were they remiss and negligent in the discharge of duty: they were not guilty of any notorious breach of the law of God, or of any remarkable negligence in the business of religious observances: and though they might observe enough in them to charge themselves with, and to humble themselves before God and men; yet so strict were they, in their lives and conversations, that those who were the most intimately acquainted with them, had nothing very material to blame them for.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. commandments and ordinances—The one expressing their moral—the other their ceremonial—obedience [Calvin and Bengel], (Compare Eze 11:20; Heb 9:1). It has been denied that any such distinction was known to the Jews and New Testament writers. But Mr 12:33, and other passages, put this beyond all reasonable doubt.

Luke 1:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
5In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years.…
Cross References
Genesis 7:1
The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.

Deuteronomy 5:33
Walk in obedience to all that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

1 Kings 15:5
For David had done what was right in the eyes of the LORD and had not failed to keep any of the LORD's commands all the days of his life--except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.

Luke 1:7
But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

Luke 2:25
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.

Acts 2:25
David said about him: "'I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Acts 8:21
You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.

Romans 8:4
in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Philippians 2:15
so that you may become blameless and pure, "children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky

Philippians 3:6
as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

1 Thessalonians 3:13
May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
Treasury of Scripture

And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

righteous.

Luke 16:15 And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before …

Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect …

Genesis 7:1 And the LORD said to Noah, Come you and all your house into the ark; …

Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to …

Job 1:1,8 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man …

Job 9:2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

Romans 3:9-25 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before …

Philippians 3:6-9 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness …

Titus 3:3-7 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

walking.

1 Kings 9:4 And if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, in integrity …

2 Kings 20:3 I beseech you, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before you …

Psalm 119:6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect to all your commandments.

Acts 23:1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brothers, …

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void …

1 Corinthians 11:2 Now I praise you, brothers, that you remember me in all things, and …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness …

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

1 John 2:3,29 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments…

1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness …

blameless.

Philippians 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without …

Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and …

1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before …

2 Peter 3:14 Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that …

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