Luke 1:76
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New International Version
And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,

New Living Translation
"And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord.

English Standard Version
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

New American Standard Bible
"And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on BEFORE THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS;

King James Bible
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And child, you will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways,

International Standard Version
And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, because you will go ahead of the Lord to prepare his way

NET Bible
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High. For you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And you, boy, you will be called the Prophet of The Highest, for you will go before the face of THE LORD JEHOVAH that you may prepare his way,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"You, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High. You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare his way.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thou, child, shalt be called prophet of the Most High, for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways,

King James 2000 Bible
And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: for you shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

American King James Version
And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: for you shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

American Standard Version
Yea and thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Most High: For thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to make ready his ways;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways:

Darby Bible Translation
And *thou*, child, shalt be called [the] prophet of [the] Highest; for thou shalt go before the face of [the] Lord to make ready his ways;

English Revised Version
Yea and thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Most High: For thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to make ready his ways;

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest, for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

Weymouth New Testament
And you moreover, O child, shall be called Prophet of the Most High; For you shall go on in front before the Lord to prepare the way for Him,

World English Bible
And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways,

Young's Literal Translation
And thou, child, Prophet of the Highest Shalt thou be called; For thou shalt go before the face of the Lord, To prepare His ways.
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

Verse 76. - And thou, child; literally, little child. Here the father breaks forth into an expression of gladness at the thought of the great part his baby-son was to bear in this great national deliverance. His son, too - oh, joy undreamed of! - is to be ranked among the glorious company of the prophets of the Highest.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest,.... Here Zacharias turns himself to his son John, though an infant, and incapable of knowing what was said to him; and for the sake of those that were present, describes his office and work; and says, that he should be "called", that is, that he should "be", and be accounted a "prophet": for he was not only a preacher of Christ and his Gospel, but he also foretold the coming of the Messiah; and the vengeance that should fall on the Jewish nation, for their unfruitfulness, impenitence, and unbelief: and the Prophet "of the Highest"; that is, of God; as the Persic version renders it, of the most high God; and by whom is meant, the Lord Jesus Christ, whose prophet, harbinger, and forerunner John was; and so is a proof of Christ being the supreme, or most high God:

for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord, to prepare his ways; as the angel had suggested in Luke 1:17 and as was prophesied of him in Isaiah 11:3. See Gill on Matthew 3:3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

76-79. Here are the dying echoes of this song; and very beautiful are these closing notes—like the setting sun, shorn indeed of its noontide radiance, but skirting the horizon with a wavy and quivering light—as of molten gold—on which the eye delights to gaze, till it disappears from the view. The song passes not here from Christ to John, but only from Christ direct to Christ as heralded by His forerunner.

thou child—not "my son"—this child's relation to himself being lost in his relation to a Greater than either.

prophet of the Highest; for thou shalt go before him—that is, "the Highest." As "the Most High" is an epithet in Scripture only of the supreme God, it is inconceivable that inspiration should apply this term, as here undeniably, to Christ, unless He were "God over all blessed for ever" (Ro 9:5).

Luke 1:76 Additional Commentaries
Context
Zechariah's Song
75In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. 76"And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on BEFORE THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS; 77To give to His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins,…
Cross References
Malachi 3:1
"I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD Almighty.

Matthew 3:3
This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"

Matthew 11:9
Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Matthew 11:10
This is the one about whom it is written: "'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'

Mark 1:2
as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way" --

Luke 1:17
And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous--to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

Luke 1:32
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,

Luke 7:27
This is the one about whom it is written: "'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'
Treasury of Scripture

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: for you shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

shalt be.

Luke 7:28 For I say to you, Among those that are born of women there is not …

Matthew 14:5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, …

Matthew 21:26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

Mark 11:32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men …

Highest.

Luke 1:32,35 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and …

Luke 6:35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing …

Psalm 87:5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: …

Acts 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the …

thou shalt.

Luke 1:16,17 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God…

Luke 3:4-6 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, …

Isaiah 40:3-5 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way …

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the …

Matthew 3:3,11 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, …

Matthew 11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger …

Mark 1:2,3 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before …

John 1:23,27 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight …

John 3:28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, …

Acts 13:24,25 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance …

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