Luke 1:66
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New International Version
Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, "What then is this child going to be?" For the Lord's hand was with him.

New Living Translation
Everyone who heard about it reflected on these events and asked, "What will this child turn out to be?" For the hand of the Lord was surely upon him in a special way.

English Standard Version
and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.

Berean Study Bible
And all who heard this wondered in their hearts and asked, "What then will this child become?" For the Lord's hand was with him.

Berean Literal Bible
And all those having heard laid them up in their heart, saying, "What then will this child be?" And indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.

New American Standard Bible
All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, "What then will this child turn out to be?" For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.

King James Bible
And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All who heard about him took it to heart, saying, "What then will this child become?" For, indeed, the Lord's hand was with him.

International Standard Version
Everyone who heard about it kept thinking what had happened and asked, "What will this child become?" because it was obvious that the hand of the Lord was with him.

NET Bible
All who heard these things kept them in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For the Lord's hand was indeed with him.

New Heart English Bible
All who heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, "What then will this child be?" The hand of the Lord was with him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And all those who heard were contemplating in their heart and they were saying, “What indeed will this boy be?” And the hand of THE LORD JEHOVAH was with him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everyone who heard about it seriously thought it over and asked, "What does the future hold for this child?" It was clear that the Lord was with him.

New American Standard 1977
And all who heard them kept them in mind, saying, “What then will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And all those that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, Who shall this child be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

King James 2000 Bible
And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

American King James Version
And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

American Standard Version
And all that heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, What then shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And all they that had heard them laid them up in their heart, saying: What an one, think ye, shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.

Darby Bible Translation
And all who heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, What then will this child be? And [the] Lord's hand was with him.

English Revised Version
And all that heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, What then shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And all they that had heard them, laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child will this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

Weymouth New Testament
All who heard the story treasured it in their memories. "What then will this child be?" they said. For the lord's hand was indeed with him.

World English Bible
All who heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, "What then will this child be?" The hand of the Lord was with him.

Young's Literal Translation
and all who heard did lay them up in their hearts, saying, 'What then shall this child be?' and the hand of the Lord was with him.
Study Bible
The Birth of John the Baptist
65All their neighbors were filled with awe, and people throughout the hill country of Judea were talking about these events. 66And all who heard this wondered in their hearts and asked, “What then will this child become?” For the Lord’s hand was with him. 67Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:…
Cross References
Acts 11:21
The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

Colossians 1:5
springing from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel
Treasury of Scripture

And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

laid.

Luke 2:19,51 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart…

Luke 9:44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall …

Genesis 37:11 And his brothers envied him; but his father observed the saying.

Psalm 119:11 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

And the.

Luke 1:80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts …

Luke 2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: …

Genesis 39:2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he …

Judges 13:24,25 And the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson: and the child …

1 Samuel 2:18 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

1 Samuel 16:18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen …

1 Kings 18:46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, …

Psalm 80:17 Let your hand be on the man of your right hand, on the son of man …

Psalm 89:21 With whom my hand shall be established: my arm also shall strengthen him.

Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, …

(66) What manner of child shall this be!--Better, what shall this child be! The question was not, what kind of child He should be, but what the child would grow to.

And the hand of the Lord was with him.--Some good MSS. give, "for the hand of the Lord," as giving the reason for the previous question. The "hand" implies, in the familiar language of the Old Testament (e.g., Judges 2:15; 2Chronicles 30:12; Ezra 7:9), what we more commonly call the "guidance" or the "providence" of God. The phrase was essentially a Hebrew one; one of the vivid anthropomorphic idioms which they could use more boldly than other nations, because they had clearer thoughts of God as not made after the similitude of men (Deuteronomy 4:12).

Verse 66. - And the hand of the Lord was with him. This kind of pause in the history is one of the peculiarities of St. Luke's style. We meet with it several times in the gospel story and in the history of the Acts. They are vivid pictures in a few words of what happened to an individual, to a family, or to a cause, during often a long. course of years. Here the story of the childhood of the great pioneer of Christ is briefly sketched out; in it all, and through it all, there was one guiding hand - the Lord's. The expression, "hand of the Lord," was peculiarly a Hebrew thought - one of the vivid anthropomorphic idioms which, as has been aptly remarked, they could use more boldly than other nations, because they had clearer thoughts of God as not made after the similitude of men (Deuteronomy 4:12). Maimonides, the great Jewish writer of the twelfth century, in his 'Yad Hachazakah,' says, "And there was under his feet (Exodus 24:10); written with the finger of God (Exodus 31:18); the hand of the Lord (Exodus 9:3); the eyes of the Lord (Deuteronomy 11:12); the ears of the Lord (Numbers 11:18). All these are used with reference to the intellectual capacity of the sons of men, who can comprehend only corporeal beings; so that the Law spoke in the language of the sons of men, and all these are expressions merely, just as, If I whet my glittering sword (Deuteronomy 32:41); for has he, then, a sword? or does he slay with a sword? Certainly not: this is only a figure; and thus all are figures" ('Yad,' chapter 1:8). And all they that heard them,.... The above things, laid them up in their hearts; treasured them up in their memories, and often thought of them in their minds, what should be the meaning, and what would be the issue of them:

saying, what manner of child shall this be? what will he be, or come to? and what is it that he shall do? surely he must be designed in providence to be put into some high station, and some eminent work and service; since so many, and such great things, have gone before, and attended his birth:

and the hand of the Lord was with him; which may intend the special care, and peculiar providence of God in preserving his life, giving him health, causing him to grow strong and robust, and in stature of body, and in endowments of mind; and also the communications of grace unto him, and the gracious presence of God with him, so soon as he was capable of enjoying them; as likewise a spirit of prophecy, which is sometimes signified by the hand of the Lord; and the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, which, in process of time, appeared in him, qualifying him for his high office and work: the hand of the Lord, with the Jews, is the Holy Ghost: thus they interpret 1 Chronicles 28:19 "all in writing", this is the "Masora"; "from the hand of the Lord", , "this is the Holy Ghost". (w).

(w) T. Hieros. Megilla, fol. 70. 1.66. hand of the Lord was with him—by special tokens marking him out as one destined to some great work (1Ki 18:46; 2Ki 3:15; Ac 11:21).1:57-66 In these verses we have an account of the birth of John the Baptist, and the great joy among all the relations of the family. He shall be called Johanan, or Gracious, because he shall bring in the gospel of Christ, wherein God's grace shines most bright. Zacharias recovered his speech. Unbelief closed his mouth, and believing opened it again: he believers, therefore he speaks. When God opens our lips, our mouths must show forth his praise; and better be without speech, than not use it in praising God. It is said, The hand of the Lord was working with John. God has ways of working on children in their infancy, which we cannot account for. We should observe the dealings of God, and wait the event.
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