Luke 1:72
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New International Version
to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant,

New Living Translation
He has been merciful to our ancestors by remembering his sacred covenant--

English Standard Version
to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,

Berean Study Bible
to show mercy to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant,

Berean Literal Bible
to fulfill mercy toward our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant,

New American Standard Bible
To show mercy toward our fathers, And to remember His holy covenant,

King James Bible
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He has dealt mercifully with our fathers and remembered His holy covenant--

International Standard Version
He has shown mercy to our ancestors and remembered his holy covenant,

NET Bible
He has done this to show mercy to our ancestors, and to remember his holy covenant--

New Heart English Bible
to show mercy towards our fathers, to remember his holy covenant,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And he has wrought his mercy with our fathers and he has remembered his holy covenants”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He has shown his mercy to our ancestors and remembered his holy promise,

New American Standard 1977
To show mercy toward our fathers,
            And to remember His holy covenant,

Jubilee Bible 2000
to fulfill mercy unto our fathers and remembering his holy covenant

King James 2000 Bible
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

American King James Version
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

American Standard Version
To show mercy towards, our fathers, And to remember his holy covenant;

Douay-Rheims Bible
To perform mercy to our fathers, and to remember his holy testament,

Darby Bible Translation
to fulfil mercy with our fathers and remember his holy covenant,

English Revised Version
To shew mercy towards our fathers, And to remember his holy covenant;

Webster's Bible Translation
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant:

Weymouth New Testament
He dealt pitifully with our forefathers, And remembered His holy covenant,

World English Bible
to show mercy towards our fathers, to remember his holy covenant,

Young's Literal Translation
To do kindness with our fathers, And to be mindful of His holy covenant,
Study Bible
Zechariah's Song
71salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, 72to show mercy to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, 73the oath He swore to our father Abraham, to grant us…
Cross References
Psalm 98:3
He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Psalm 105:8
He has remembered His covenant forever, The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,

Psalm 105:42
For He remembered His holy word With Abraham His servant;

Psalm 106:45
And He remembered His covenant for their sake, And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.

Micah 7:20
You will give truth to Jacob And unchanging love to Abraham, Which You swore to our forefathers From the days of old.

Romans 9:4
the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory and the covenants; theirs the giving of the Law, the temple worship, and the promises.
Treasury of Scripture

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

perform.

Luke 1:54,55 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy…

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: …

Genesis 22:18 And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because …

Genesis 26:4 And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and …

Genesis 28:14 And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall spread …

Psalm 98:3 He has remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: …

Acts 3:25,26 You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God …

Romans 11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as …

Hebrews 6:13-18 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no …

and.

Genesis 17:4-9 As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be a father …

Leviticus 26:42 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant …

Psalm 105:8-10 He has remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded …

Psalm 106:45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to …

Psalm 111:5 He has given meat to them that fear him: he will ever be mindful …

Ezekiel 16:8,60 Now when I passed by you, and looked on you, behold, your time was …

Galatians 3:15-17 Brothers, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's …

(72) To perform the mercy.--The verse has been thought, and with apparent reason, to contain a reference, after the manner of the ancient prophets (comp. Isaiah 8:3; Micah 1:10-15), to the name of the speaker, of his wife, and of his child. In "performing mercy," we find an allusion to John or Jochanan (= "The Lord be merciful"); in "remembering His holy covenant," to the name Zacharias (= "Whom Jehovah remembers"); in the "oath" of Luke 1:73, to that of Elizabeth or Elisheba (= "The oath of my God"). The play upon the words would, of course, be obvious in the original Hebrew (i.e., Aramaic) of the hymn, which we have only in its Greek version.

His holy covenant.--The covenant is clearly that made with Abraham in Genesis 15:18. In thus going back to that as the starting-point of the New Covenant which was to be made in Christ, Zacharias anticipates the teaching of St. Paul in Galatians 3:15-19.

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers,.... By "mercy" is meant salvation by Christ, which springs from the mercy of God; the promise of which was an instance of mercy to the Jewish fathers under the Old Testament, and also the performance of it; for they were saved by the grace of our Lord Jesus, even as we: his blood was shed for the remission of sins that were past, and for the redemption of transgressions under the first Testament:

and to remember his holy covenant; which was made between him, and his Son from all eternity; and was, at various times, dispensed and manifested to the patriarchs, and eminent saints, as Adam, Noah, Abraham, &c. This is called an "holy" one; not only because it was made by, and between holy persons, and provided for the holiness of the people of God, both here, and hereafter; but because in the article of redemption and salvation by Christ, which is here more particularly regarded, care was taken to secure the glory of God's holiness and justice, as well as to display his grace and mercy. Now raising up, and sending Jesus a Saviour, showed, that God was mindful of this covenant, and therefore sent redemption to his people. 72. the mercy promised … his holy covenant …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.
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