Luke 1:74
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New International Version
to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear

New Living Translation
We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear,

English Standard Version
that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,

Berean Study Bible
deliverance from hostile hands, that we may serve Him without fear,

Berean Literal Bible
having been saved from the hand of our enemies, to serve Him without fear,

New American Standard Bible
To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear,

King James Bible
That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
since we have been rescued from our enemies' clutches, to serve Him without fear

International Standard Version
deliverance from our enemies' grip so that we could serve him without fear

NET Bible
that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, may serve him without fear,

New Heart English Bible
to grant to us that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, should serve him without fear,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“That we would be saved from the hands of our enemies, and we would serve before him without fear,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He promised to rescue us from our enemies' power so that we could serve him without fear

New American Standard 1977
To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
            Might serve Him without fear,

Jubilee Bible 2000
that he would grant unto us, that without fear delivered out of the hand of our enemies, we might serve him

King James 2000 Bible
That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

American King James Version
That he would grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

American Standard Version
To grant unto us that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies Should serve him without fear,

Douay-Rheims Bible
That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear,

Darby Bible Translation
to give us, that, saved out of the hand of our enemies, we should serve him without fear

English Revised Version
To grant unto us that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies Should serve him without fear,

Webster's Bible Translation
That he would grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,

Weymouth New Testament
To grant us to be rescued from the power of our foes And so render worship to Him free from fear,

World English Bible
to grant to us that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, should serve him without fear,

Young's Literal Translation
To give to us, without fear, Out of the hand of our enemies having been delivered,
Study Bible
Zechariah's Song
73the oath He swore to our father Abraham, to grant us 74deliverance from hostile hands, that we may serve Him without fear, 75in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our lives.…
Cross References
Psalm 119:134
Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts.

Isaiah 43:21
"The people whom I formed for Myself Will declare My praise.

Zechariah 8:19
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'The fast of the fourth, the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth months will become joy, gladness, and cheerful feasts for the house of Judah; so love truth and peace.'

Luke 1:73
the oath He swore to our father Abraham, to grant us

Luke 1:75
in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our lives.
Treasury of Scripture

That he would grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

that we.

Luke 1:71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

Isaiah 35:9,10 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, …

Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: …

Isaiah 54:13,14 And all your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall …

Isaiah 65:21-25 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant …

Ezekiel 34:25-28 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the …

Ezekiel 39:28,29 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them …

Zephaniah 3:15-17 The LORD has taken away your judgments, he has cast out your enemy: …

Zechariah 9:8-10 And I will encamp about my house because of the army, because of …

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you …

Romans 8:15 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but …

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of …

Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime …

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal …

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

(74) That he would grant unto us . . .--The form of the Greek indicates even more definitely than the English that this was the end to which the "covenant" and the "oath" had all along been pointing.

Might serve him without fear.--The service is that of worship as well as obedience. This was the end for which deliverance from enemies was but a means. Here, again, the form of the hope points to its early date. What prospect was there, when St. Luke wrote his Gospel, of any deliverance of the Jews from their earthly enemies? By that time, what was transitory in the hymn had vanished, and the words had gained the higher permanent sense which they have had for centuries in the worship of the Church of Christ.

Verses 74, 75. - Might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. What Zacharias looked on to was a glorious theocracy based upon national holiness. Israel, freed from foreign oppression and internal dissensions, would serve God with a worship at once uninterrupted and undefiled. That he would grant unto us,.... What is said in this and the following verse, is the substance of the promised mercy, covenant, and oath:

that we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, as before, in Luke 1:71.

might serve him without fear. One principal end of deliverance from spiritual enemies by Christ, is the service of God; and nothing lays a greater obligation on men to serve the Lord, and glorify him, than redemption by Christ; nor is there any thing that makes men more zealous of good works: spiritual and evangelical service, in distinction from the legal service, and worship of God, is here meant; since it is said to be "without fear", which the threatenings and curses of the law filled men with; but being delivered from it, they become free from that spirit of bondage unto fear, it genders to; as being delivered also from sin and Satan, they are without fear of hell and damnation; and from the world, they are without fear of men; and from death, they are without fear of that, through which many under the legal dispensation, were all their lifetime subject to bondage. It is a saying of the Jews (y), that:

"greater is he that serves from love, than he that serves from fear.

But such sort of service is not of a man's self, or performed by his own power and strength, but is a "grant" from God, and owing to the influence of his Spirit and grace,

(y) T. Bab. Sota, fol. 31. 1. Vid. Maimon. Hilch. Teshuva, c. 10, sect. 1, 2.74, 75. That he would grant us, etc.—How comprehensive is the view here given! (1) The purpose of all redemption—"that we should serve Him"—that is, "the Lord God of Israel" (Lu 1:68). The word signifies religious service distinctively—"the priesthood of the New Testament" [Bengel]. (2) The nature of this service—"in holiness and righteousness before Him" (Lu 1:75)—or, as in His presence (compare Ps 56:13). (3) Its freedom—"being delivered out of the hand of our enemies." (4) Its fearlessness—"might serve Him without fear." (5) Its duration—"all the days of our life."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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