Luke 1:68
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New International Version
"Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.

New Living Translation
"Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people.

English Standard Version
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people

New American Standard Bible
"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,

King James Bible
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and provided redemption for His people.

International Standard Version
"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel! He has taken care of his people and has set them free.

NET Bible
"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, because he has come to help and has redeemed his people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Blessed is THE LORD JEHOVAH, The God of Israel, who has visited his nation, and he has wrought for it redemption.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Praise the Lord God of Israel! He has come to take care of his people and to set them free.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and made redemption for his people

King James 2000 Bible
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people,

American King James Version
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people,

American Standard Version
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; For he hath visited and wrought redemption for his people,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people:

Darby Bible Translation
Blessed be [the] Lord the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

English Revised Version
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; For he hath visited and wrought redemption for his people,

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people.

Weymouth New Testament
"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel," he said, "Because He has not forgotten His people but has effected redemption for them,

World English Bible
"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and worked redemption for his people;

Young's Literal Translation
Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, Because He did look upon, And wrought redemption for His people,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:67-80 Zacharias uttered a prophecy concerning the kingdom and salvation of the Messiah. The gospel brings light with it; in it the day dawns. In John the Baptist it began to break, and increased apace to the perfect day. The gospel is discovering; it shows that about which we were utterly in the dark; it is to give light to those that sit in darkness, the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. It is reviving; it brings light to those that sit in the shadow of death, as condemned prisoners in the dungeon. It is directing; it is to guide our feet in the way of peace, into that way which will bring us to peace at last, Ro 3:17. John gave proofs of strong faith, vigorous and holy affections, and of being above the fear and love of the world. Thus he ripened for usefulness; but he lived a retired life, till he came forward openly as the forerunner of the Messiah. Let us follow peace with all men, as well as seek peace with God and our own consciences. And if it be the will of God that we live unknown to the world, still let us diligently seek to grow strong in the grace of Jesus Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 68, 69. - He hath visited and redeemed,... and hath raised up. The tenses of the verbs used in these expressions show that in Zacharias's mind, when he uttered the words of his hymn, the Incarnation, and the glorious deliverance commenced in that stupendous act of mercy, belonged to the past. He hath visited; that is, after some four hundred years of silence and absence, the Holy One of Israel had again come to his people. About four centuries had passed since the voice of Malachi, the last of the prophets, had been heard. An horn of salvation. A metaphor not unknown in classical writings (see Ovid, 'Art. Am.,' 1:239; Her., 'Od.,' 3. 21. 18), and a much-used figure in Hebrew literature (see, among other passages, Ezekiel 29:2l; Lamentations 2:3; Psalm 132:17; 1 Samuel 2:10). The reference is not to the horns of the altar, on which criminals seeking sanctuary used to lay hold; nor to the horns with which warriors used to adorn their helmets; but to the horns of a bull - in which the chief power of this animal resides. This was a figure especially familiar among an agricultural folk like the Israelites. "A rabbinic writer says that there are ten horns - those of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, the horn of the Law, of the priesthood, of the temple, and of Israel, and some add of the Messiah. They were all placed on the heads of the Israelites till they sinned, and then they were cut off' and given to the Gentiles" (Schottgen, 'Hor. Hebr.,' quoted by Dr. Farrar). In the house of his servant David. Clearly Zacharias looked on Mary, as the angel had done (verse 32), as belonging to the royal house of David.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,.... This was a form of blessing of long standing, Psalm 72:18 and very likely was in use, more or less, ever since Israel was distinguished from other nations, became a body politic, and were settled in the land of Canaan, in the enjoyment of peculiar privileges, both civil and religious; see other forms before it in Genesis 9:26 and now, this was very near being antiquated, and out of date; for upon the birth of Christ, the Son of God manifest in the flesh, the New Testament form of blessing runs, as in 2 Corinthians 1:3 The reason of its being now made use of might be, because the Messiah, the principal subject of this song, was peculiarly promised unto Israel, was raised up for them, and sent unto them. To bless God, is not to invoke a blessing on him; for there is none greater than he to ask one of; nor does he stand in need of any, being the Creator, who is blessed for ever in himself, and is the fountain of blessedness to his creatures: and therefore, also, cannot signify to confer a blessing on him, but to praise and glorify him, on account of the perfections of his nature, and the works of his hands; and to give thanks unto him for all mercies, spiritual and temporal; and especially for Jesus Christ, his mission, incarnation, and salvation by him, which are the things the God of Israel is blessed for in this song:

for he hath visited, and redeemed his people; as he did Israel of old, Exodus 3:16 when the Lord looked upon them, and delivered them out of the bondage of Egypt, and which was a type and resemblance of redemption by Christ; and to which reference here seems to be had. The "people" here said to be visited, and redeemed, design all the elect of God, not only among the Jews, but Gentiles also; all those whom God has chosen to be his people, and has in his covenant taken and declared to be such; whom he has given to Christ, as his people and portion; for whose sins he was stricken, and made reconciliation, and whom he saves from their sins. The act of "visiting" them, as previous to redemption, may include God's look of love upon them from everlasting; his choice of them in Christ unto salvation; the appointment and provision of a Saviour for them; the covenant of grace made with them in Christ, the foundation and security of their salvation; and particularly the mission of Christ in human nature, in consequence of the council, covenant, and promise of God: or it designs his incarnation, for he was now actually conceived in the womb of the virgin: so that God had visited, and looked upon his people, and remembered his love and mercy, his covenant and promise to them: and the "redemption" of them, which was now said to be made, or done, because Christ was now sent to do it, and because it was as sure, as if it was done, intends the spiritual and eternal redemption of them by the price of his blood, from the slavery of sin, the bondage of the law, and curse of it, and the captivity of Satan, and a deliverance out of the hands of every enemy; a redemption which reaches both to soul and body, and secures from all condemnation and wrath to come; and includes every blessing in it, as justification, forgiveness of sins, adoption, sanctification, and eternal life; and is a plenteous, full, complete, and everlasting one.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

68-79. There is not a word in this noble burst of divine song about his own child; like Elisabeth losing sight entirely of self, in the glory of a Greater than both.

Lord God of Israel—the ancient covenant God of the peculiar people.

visited and redeemed—that is, in order to redeem: returned after long absence, and broken His long silence (see Mt 15:31). In the Old Testament, God is said to "visit" chiefly for judgment, in the New Testament for mercy. Zacharias would, as yet, have but imperfect views of such "visiting and redeeming," "saving from and delivering out of the hand of enemies" (Lu 1:71, 74). But this Old Testament phraseology, used at first with a lower reference, is, when viewed in the light of a loftier and more comprehensive kingdom of God, equally adapted to express the most spiritual conceptions of the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Luke 1:68 Additional Commentaries
Context
Zechariah's Song
67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: 68"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, 69And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant--…
Cross References
Genesis 24:27
saying, "Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master's relatives."

1 Samuel 25:32
David said to Abigail, "Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me.

1 Kings 1:48
and said, 'Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has allowed my eyes to see a successor on my throne today.'"

1 Kings 8:15
Then he said: "Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who with his own hand has fulfilled what he promised with his own mouth to my father David. For he said,

Psalm 41:13
Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.

Psalm 72:18
Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.

Psalm 106:48
Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the LORD.

Psalm 111:9
He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever-- holy and awesome is his name.

Psalm 130:8
He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.

Luke 1:71
salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us--

Luke 2:38
Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Luke 24:21
but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.

Hebrews 9:12
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
Treasury of Scripture

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people,

Blessed.

Genesis 9:26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Genesis 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which has delivered your enemies …

1 Kings 1:48 And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which …

1 Chronicles 29:10,20 Why David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David …

Psalm 41:13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. …

Psalm 72:17-19 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long …

Psalm 106:48 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: …

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed …

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…

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Luke 7:16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That …

Luke 19:44 And shall lay you even with the ground, and your children within …

Exodus 3:16,17 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, The …

Exodus 4:31 And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited …

Psalm 111:9 He sent redemption to his people: he has commanded his covenant for …

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of …

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