Luke 1:11
New International Version
Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.

New Living Translation
While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar.

English Standard Version
And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Berean Study Bible
Just then, an angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah, standing at the right side of the altar of the incense.

Berean Literal Bible
And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right of the altar of the incense.

New American Standard Bible
And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.

New King James Version
Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

King James Bible
And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Christian Standard Bible
An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.

Contemporary English Version
All at once an angel from the Lord appeared to Zechariah at the right side of the altar.

Good News Translation
An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar where the incense was burned.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.

International Standard Version
An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the incense altar.

NET Bible
An angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense, appeared to him.

New Heart English Bible
An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And an Angel of THE LORD JEHOVAH appeared to Zechariah who stood at the right side of the altar of incense.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then, to the right of the incense altar, an angel of the Lord appeared to him.

New American Standard 1977
And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

King James 2000 Bible
And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

American King James Version
And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

American Standard Version
And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of altar of incense.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the alter of incense.

Darby Bible Translation
And an angel of [the] Lord appeared to him, standing on the right of the altar of incense.

English Revised Version
And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Weymouth New Testament
Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense;

World English Bible
An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Young's Literal Translation
And there appeared to him a messenger of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of the perfume,
Study Bible
Gabriel Foretells John's Birth
10And at the hour of the incense offering, the entire congregation was praying outside. 11Just then, an angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah, standing at the right side of the altar of the incense. 12When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and gripped with fear.…
Cross References
Judges 13:3
The Angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, "It is true that you are barren and have no children; but you will conceive and give birth to a son.

Luke 2:9
Just then, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Acts 5:19
But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out, saying,

Treasury of Scripture

And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

appeared.

Luke 1:19,28
And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings…

Luke 2:10
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Judges 13:3,9
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son…

the altar.

Exodus 30:1-6
And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it…

Exodus 37:25-29
And he made the incense altar of shittim wood: the length of it was a cubit, and the breadth of it a cubit; it was foursquare; and two cubits was the height of it; the horns thereof were of the same…

Exodus 40:26,27
And he put the golden altar in the tent of the congregation before the vail: …







Lexicon
Just then,
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

an angel
ἄγγελος (angelos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 32: From aggello; a messenger; especially an 'angel'; by implication, a pastor.

of [the] Lord
Κυρίου (Kyriou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

appeared
Ὤφθη (Ōphthē)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3708: Properly, to stare at, i.e. to discern clearly; by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear.

to [Zechariah],
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

standing
ἑστὼς (hestōs)
Verb - Perfect Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2476: A prolonged form of a primary stao stah'-o; to stand, used in various applications.

at
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

[the] right side
δεξιῶν (dexiōn)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 1188: On the right hand, right hand, right. From dechomai; the right side or hand.

of the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

altar
θυσιαστηρίου (thysiastēriou)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2379: An altar (for sacrifice). From a derivative of thusia; a place of sacrifice, i.e. An altar.

of the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

incense.
θυμιάματος (thymiamatos)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2368: Incense. From thumiao; an aroma, i.e. Fragrant powder burnt in religious service; by implication, the burning itself.
(11) The altar of incense.--The altar stood just in front of the veil that divided the outer sanctuary from the Holy of Holies. It was made of shittim wood, and overlaid with gold, both symbols of incorruption (Exodus 30:1-7; Exodus 40:5; Exodus 40:26). Its position connected it so closely with the innermost sanctuary that the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews (Hebrews 9:4; but see Note there) seems to reckon it as belonging to that, and not unto the outer. It symbolised accordingly the closest approach to God which was then possible for any but the high priest, when, in his typical character, he entered the Holy of Holies on the day of Atonement.

Verse 11. - And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord. Critics have especially found grave fault with this "Hebrew" portion of our Gospel, complaining that it needlessly introduces the marvelous, and brings uselessly into everyday life beings from another sphere. Godet well answers these criticisms by observing "that as Christianity was an entirely new beginning in history, the second and final creation of man, it was natural that an interposition on so grand a scale should be accompanied by a series of particular interpositions. It was even necessary; for how were the representatives of the ancient order of things, who had to cooperate in the new work, to be initiated into it, and their attachment won to it, except by this means? According to Scripture, we are surrounded by angels (2 Kings 6:17; Psalm 34:7), whom God employs to watch over us; but in our ordinary condition we want the sense necessary to perceive their presence - for that condition a peculiar receptivity is required. This condition was given to Zacharias. Origen ('Contra Censure') writes how, "in a church there are two assemblies - one of angels, the other of men,... angels are present at our prayers, and they pray with us and for us." Standing on the right side of the altar of incense. The angel stood between the altar and the shew-bread table. On entering the holy place, the officiating priest would have on his right the table with the shew-bread, on his left the great candlestick, and before him would be the golden altar, which stood at the end of the holy place, in front of the veil which separated this chamber and the dim, silent holy of holies. 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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