Luke 1:78
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

Berean Study Bible
because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the Dawn will visit us from on high,

Berean Literal Bible
through the affections of compassion of our God, in which the Sunrise will 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,

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

Contemporary English Version
God's love and kindness will shine upon us like the sun that rises in the sky.

Good News Translation
Our God is merciful and tender. He will cause the bright dawn of salvation to rise on 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

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

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.

New American Standard 1977
Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise from on high shall visit us,

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,
Study Bible
Zechariah's Song
77to give to His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the Dawn will visit us from on high, 79to shine on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”…
Cross References
Isaiah 42:16
I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on unfamiliar paths. I will turn darkness into light before them and rough places into level ground. These things I will do for them, and I will not forsake them.

Malachi 4:2
"But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and leap like calves from the stall.

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

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

2 Peter 1:19
We also have the message of the prophets, which has been confirmed beyond doubt. And you will do well to pay attention to this message, as to a lamp 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.

Psalm 25:6
Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

Isaiah 63:7,15
I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses…

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

day-spring.

Numbers 24:17
I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

Isaiah 11:1
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

Zechariah 3:8
Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.







Lexicon
because of
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

[the] tender
σπλάγχνα (splanchna)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 4698: Probably strengthened from splen; an intestine; figuratively, pity or sympathy.

mercy
ἐλέους (eleous)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1656: Pity, mercy, compassion. Of uncertain affinity; compassion.

of our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

God,
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

by
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

which
οἷς (hois)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

[the] Dawn
ἀνατολὴ (anatolē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 395: From anatello; a rising of light, i.e. Dawn; by implication, the east.

will visit
ἐπισκέψεται (episkepsetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1980: To look upon, visit, look out, select.

us
ἡμᾶς (hēmas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

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

on high,
ὕψους (hypsous)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5311: Height, heaven; dignity, eminence. From a derivative of huper; elevation, i.e. altitude, the sky, or dignity.
(78) Through the tender mercy.--Literally, on account of the bowels of mercy of our God. After this manner the Jews spoke of what we should call "the heart" of God. The word was a favourite one with St. Paul, as in the Greek of 2Corinthians 7:15; Philippians 1:8, Php_2:1; Colossians 3:12. The pity that moved the heart of God is thought of, not as the instrument through which, but that on account of which, the work of the Baptist was to be accomplished.

The dayspring from on high.--The English word expresses the force of the Greek very beautifully. The dawn is seen in the East rising upward, breaking through the darkness. We must remember, however, that the word had acquired another specially Messianic association, through its use in the LXX. version as the equivalent for the "Branch," "that which springs upward," of Jeremiah 23:5; Zechariah 3:8. Here the thought of the sunrise is prominent, and it connects itself with such predictions as, "The glory of the Lord hath risen upon thee" (Isaiah 60:1), "The sun of righteousness shall rise" (Malachi 4:2). What had become a Messianic name is taken in its primary sense, and turned into a parable.

Hath visited us.--Better, hath looked upon us.

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). 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.
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