And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, and praised God.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)His tongue loosed.—The verb is supplied by the translators because the one previously used applied strictly only to the mouth.
He spake, and praised God.—Probably, in substance, if not in words, as in the hymn that follows. The insertion of the two verses that follow seems to imply that some interval of time passed before its actual utterance.Luke 1:20, inflicted the punishment upon him no longer than until what he had said should be performed; now it was performed, God looseth his tongue, and he praiseth God, by the song which we shall by and by meet with.
and his tongue loosed; the impediments of speech were removed, and the use of his tongue and lips was restored unto him:
and he spake and praised God; for the safe delivery of his wife; for the birth of his son, the forerunner of Christ; for the conception of the Messiah; for God's gracious regards to his church and people, in these instances; and for the restoration of speech and hearing to himself, of which he had been some time deprived for his unbelief.And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 1:64. Ἀνεῴχθη … γλῶσσα αὐτοῦ] a zeugma; in the case of the tongue ἐλύθη may be mentally supplied; comp., on the other hand, Mark 7:35. This recovery of speech is to be regarded not as the effect of lively emotion (Gell. v. 9; Val. Max. i. 8. 3), or of the deliverance of his soul from the reproach that had oppressed it (Lange), or of his own will (Paulus), but of divine causation (Luke 1:20).Luke 1:64. στόμα, γλῶσσα: both connected with ἀνεῴχθη, though the idea of opening is applicable only to the former—a case of zeugma. The return of speech a second marvel or rather a third: (1) a child of old parents; (2) the singular name; (3) the recovery of speech, much marked, and commented on among the denizens of the hill country of Judah (διελαλεῖτο).—φόβος, not terror, but religious awe in presence of the supernatural—characteristic of all simple people.64. he spake] Rather, he began to speak (imperfect), the previous verb ‘was opened’ being an aorist.Luke 1:64. Αὐτοῦ, of him) i.e. Zacharias.Verse 64. - And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. This, the first hour of his recovered power, was without doubt the occasion of his giving utterance to the inspired hymn (the Benedictus) which is recorded at length a few verses further on (verses 68-79). It. was the outcome, no doubt, of his silent communing with the Spirit during the long months of his affliction.
Occurring nineteen times in the New Testament, and seventeen of these in Luke. Thirteen of the seventeen are in connection with miracles of healing, or the infliction of disease or death. Used in a similar way by medical writers.
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