Luke 1:78
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New International Version
because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven

New Living Translation
Because of God's tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,

English Standard Version
because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high

New American Standard Bible
Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,

King James Bible
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because of our God's merciful compassion, the Dawn from on high will visit us

International Standard Version
Because of the tender mercy of our God, his light from on high has visited us,

NET Bible
Because of our God's tender mercy the dawn will break upon us from on high

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“In the compassions of the mercy of our God in which The Manifestation from Heaven will visit us,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful.

Jubilee Bible 2000
through the bowels of mercy of our God, whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us

King James 2000 Bible
Through the tender mercy of our God; by which the dawn from on high has visited us,

American King James Version
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us,

American Standard Version
Because of the tender mercy of our God, Whereby the dayspring from on high shall visit us,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Through the bowels of the mercy of our God, in which the Orient from on high hath visited us:

Darby Bible Translation
on account of [the] bowels of mercy of our God; wherein [the] dayspring from on high has visited us,

English Revised Version
Because of the tender mercy of our God, Whereby the dayspring from on high shall visit us,

Webster's Bible Translation
Through the tender mercy of our God; by which the day-spring from on high hath visited us,

Weymouth New Testament
Through the tender compassion of our God, Through which the daybreak from on high will come to us,

World English Bible
because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the dawn from on high will visit us,

Young's Literal Translation
Through the tender mercies of our God, In which the rising from on high did look upon us,
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 78. - Through the tender mercy of our God. And, goes on Zacharias in his noble hymn, all this tender care for Israel (but really for mankind, though perhaps the speaker of the hymn scarcely guessed it) is owing to the deep love of God. Whereby the Dayspring from on high hath visited us. The beautiful imagery here is derived from the magnificence of an Eastern sunrise. In his temple service at Jerusalem the priest must have seen the ruddy dawn rise grandly over the dark chain of the distant mountains, and lighting up with a blaze of golden glory the everlasting hills as they stood round about Jerusalem. The thought which pictured the advent of Messiah as a sunrise was a favorite one with the prophets. We see it in such prophecies of Isaiah and Malachi as, "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For behold... Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of the; rising" (Isaiah 60:1-3). "Unto you that fear my Name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings" (Malachi 4:2).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Through the tender mercy of our God,.... or "bowels of mercy", to which the forgiveness of sin is owing; the source and spring of pardon, is the free grace and abundant mercy of God; it takes its rise from thence, though it is channelled in the blood and sacrifice of Christ; and which no way derogates from, but rather heightens the riches of God's grace and mercy: for it was mercy that moved God to enter into a covenant with his Son, in which forgiveness of sin is promised; and it was mercy to set forth his Son, in his eternal purposes and decrees; and to send him forth in the fulness of time, to shed his blood for the remission of sins; it was the mercy of God to us, that provided a lamb for a burnt offering, and then accepted of the sacrifice and satisfaction of his Son, in our room and stead, and forgave all our sins, for his sake; and whatever the pardon of our sins cost God and Christ, it is all free grace and mercy to us: it is owing not to the absolute mercy of God, or to the mercy of God as an absolute God, but to the mercy of "our" God; our God in Christ, our covenant God and Father, whose bowels yearned towards us, and whose pity is that of a tender parent: whereby

the day spring from on high hath visited us: the word here used, and is translated "the day spring", is the same which the Septuagint use, in Jeremiah 23:5 where the Messiah is spoken of, under the name of the "branch": and undoubtedly the Messiah Jesus, is intended here, who is the man, that branch, that has grown up out of his place; not from below, but from above; and who is the phosphorus, or bringer of light, that bright and morning star, that sun of righteousness, who has light in himself, and communicates light to others; even light natural, spiritual, and eternal; and with his rays and beams of light, life, and love, refreshes, exhilarates, and warms, the hearts of his people: and by the "visit" he has made in our "horizon", is meant his assumption of human nature; which, like a friendly visit, proceeded from pure love to the children of God; and was a drawing near unto them, for it was a taking on him their nature, in which he represented their persons; and was done through much difficulty and great condescension, since he was in the form of God, and thought it no robbery to be equal with him; and his stay on earth in this nature, was but for a little while; so that on all accounts, it may be truly called a "visit": and which, as the remission of sin is wholly owing to the tender mercy of our God, who put him upon it, called him to it, sent him forth made of a woman, and in the likeness of sinful flesh, to obtain eternal redemption, in which mercy and truth met together: the end and design of this visit, are signified in the next verse; for the following words belong to the day spring from on high, and not to John the Prophet of the Highest.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

78. Through the tender mercy of our God—the sole spring, necessarily, of all salvation for sinners.

dayspring from on high—either Christ Himself, as the "Sun of righteousness" (Mal 4:2), arising on a dark world [Beza, Grotius, Calvin, De Wette, Olshausen, &c.], or the light which He sheds. The sense, of course, is one.

Luke 1:78 Additional Commentaries
Context
Zechariah's Song
77To give to His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins, 78Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, 79TO SHINE UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH, To guide our feet into the way of peace."…
Cross References
Isaiah 42:16
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

Malachi 4:2
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.

Ephesians 5:14
This is why it is said: "Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

2 Peter 1:19
We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
Treasury of Scripture

Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us,

tender. or, bowels of the.

Psalm 25:6 Remember, O LORD, your tender mercies and your loving kindnesses; …

Isaiah 63:7,15 I will mention the loving kindnesses of the LORD, and the praises …

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that …

Ephesians 2:4,5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us…

Philippians 1:8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels …

Philippians 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of …

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

1 John 3:17 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, …

1 John 4:9,10 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God …

day-spring. or, sun-rising, or branch.

Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not near: there …

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a …

Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you, and your fellows that sit …

Zechariah 6:12 And speak to him, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, …

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise …

Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the …

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