Luke 1:8
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New International Version
Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,

New Living Translation
One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week.

English Standard Version
Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty,

Berean Study Bible
One day while Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,

Berean Literal Bible
Now it came to pass, in his fulfilling the priestly service before God in the order of his division,

New American Standard Bible
Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division,

King James Bible
And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When his division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,

International Standard Version
When Zechariah was serving with his division of priests in God's presence,

NET Bible
Now while Zechariah was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty,

New Heart English Bible
Now it happened, while he was performing the priest's office before God in the order of his division,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as he was exercising his priestly function in the order of his service before God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Zechariah was on duty with his division of priests. As he served in God's presence,

New American Standard 1977
Now it came about, while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

American King James Version
And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

American Standard Version
Now it came to pass, while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it came to pass, when he executed the priestly function in the order of his course before God,

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass, as he fulfilled his priestly service before God in the order of his course,

English Revised Version
Now it came to pass, while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass, that, while he executed the priests' office before God in the order of his course,

Weymouth New Testament
Now while he was doing priestly duty before God in the prescribed course of his class,

World English Bible
Now it happened, while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his division,

Young's Literal Translation
And it came to pass, in his acting as priest, in the order of his course before God,
Study Bible
Gabriel Foretells John's Birth
7But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both of them were well along in years. 8One day while Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 24:19
These were their offices for their ministry when they came in to the house of the LORD according to the ordinance given to them through Aaron their father, just as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him.

2 Chronicles 8:14
Now according to the ordinance of his father David, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service, and the Levites for their duties of praise and ministering before the priests according to the daily rule, and the gatekeepers by their divisions at every gate; for David the man of God had so commanded.

2 Chronicles 31:2
And Hezekiah appointed the divisions of the priests and the Levites by their divisions, each according to his service, both the priests and the Levites, for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister and to give thanks and to praise in the gates of the camp of the LORD.

Luke 1:7
But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both of them were well along in years.
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

he.

Exodus 28:1,41 And take you to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from …

Exodus 29:1,9,44 And this is the thing that you shall do to them to hallow them, to …

Exodus 30:30 And you shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that …

Numbers 18:7 Therefore you and your sons with you shall keep your priest's office …

1 Chronicles 24:2 But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children: …

2 Chronicles 11:14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came …

in.

Luke 1:5 THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest …

1 Chronicles 24:19 These were the orderings of them in their service to come into the …

2 Chronicles 8:14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the …

2 Chronicles 31:2,19 And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites …

Ezra 6:18 And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their …

(8) In the order of his course.--This was settled by rotation. Attempts have been made by reckoning back from the date of the destruction of the Temple, when it is known that the "course" of Joiarib was ministering on the ninth day of the Jewish month Ab, to fix the precise date of the events here narrated, and so of our Lord's Nativity, but all such attempts are necessarily more or less precarious.

And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office,.... To which he was called and ordained, even to offer gifts and sacrifices for men; whilst he was in the way of his duty, when oftentimes God appears to, and in favour of his people; whilst he was performing it,

before God; in the temple, where was the symbol of the divine presence, before the altar of the Lord; and as having the fear of God before his eyes; considering himself as in the sight of God, and doing his work faithfully and sincerely:

in the order of his course; taking his turn in the order of the course of Abia, to which he belonged; See Gill on Luke 1:5. 1:5-25 The father and mother of John the Baptist were sinners as all are, and were justified and saved in the same way as others; but they were eminent for piety and integrity. They had no children, and it could not be expected that Elisabeth should have any in her old age. While Zacharias was burning incense in the temple, the whole multitude of the people were praying without. All the prayers we offer up to God, are acceptable and successful only by Christ's intercession in the temple of God above. We cannot expect an interest therein if we do not pray, and pray with our spirits, and are not earnest in prayer. Nor can we expect that the best of our prayers should gain acceptance, and bring an answer of peace, but through the mediation of Christ, who ever lives, making intercession. The prayers Zacharias often made, received an answer of peace. Prayers of faith are filed in heaven, and are not forgotten. Prayers made when we were young and entering into the world, may be answered when we are old and going out of the world. Mercies are doubly sweet that are given in answer to prayer. Zacharias shall have a son in his old age, who shall be instrumental in the conversion of many souls to God, and preparing them to receive the gospel of Christ. He shall go before Him with courage, zeal, holiness, and a mind dead to earthly interests and pleasures. The disobedient and rebellious would be brought back to the wisdom of their righteous forefathers, or rather, brought to attend to the wisdom of that Just One who was coming among them. Zacharias heard all that the angel said; but his unbelief spake. In striking him dumb, God dealt justly with him, because he had objected against God's word. We may admire the patience of God towards us. God dealt kindly with him, for thus he prevented his speaking any more distrustful, unbelieving words. Thus also God confirmed his faith. If by the rebukes we are under for our sin, we are brought to give the more credit to the word of God, we have no reason to complain. Even real believers are apt to dishonour God by unbelief; and their mouths are stopped in silence and confusion, when otherwise they would have been praising God with joy and gratitude. In God's gracious dealings with us we ought to observe his gracious regards to us. He has looked on us with compassion and favour, and therefore has thus dealt with us.
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