Luke 1:9
New International Version
he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

New Living Translation
As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense.

English Standard Version
according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

Berean Study Bible
he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

Berean Literal Bible
according to the custom of the priesthood, it fell to him by lot to burn incense, having entered into the temple of the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

King James Bible
According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

Christian Standard Bible
it happened that he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense.

Contemporary English Version
According to the custom of the priests, he had been chosen to go into the Lord's temple that day and to burn incense,

Good News Translation
According to the custom followed by the priests, he was chosen by lot to burn incense on the altar. So he went into the Temple of the Lord,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
it happened that he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense.

International Standard Version
he was chosen by lot to go into the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense, according to the custom of the priests.

NET Bible
he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the holy place of the Lord and burn incense.

New Heart English Bible
according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In the tradition of the priesthood, it befell him to offer incense, and he entered The Temple of THE LORD JEHOVAH.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
he was chosen by priestly custom to go into the Lord's temple to burn incense.

New American Standard 1977
according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

Jubilee Bible 2000
according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense entering into the temple of the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

American King James Version
According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

American Standard Version
according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

Douay-Rheims Bible
According to the custom of the priestly office, it was his lot to offer incense, going into the temple of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
it fell to him by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter into the temple of the Lord to burn incense.

English Revised Version
according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

Webster's Bible Translation
According to the custom of the priests' office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
it fell to his lot--according to the custom of the priesthood--to go into the Sanctuary of the Lord and burn the incense;

World English Bible
according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

Young's Literal Translation
according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot was to make perfume, having gone into the sanctuary of the Lord,
Study Bible
Gabriel Foretells John's Birth
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. 10And at the hour of the incense offering, the entire congregation was praying outside.…
Cross References
Exodus 30:7
And Aaron is to burn fragrant incense on it every morning when he tends the lamps.

Matthew 27:5
So Judas threw the silver into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

Treasury of Scripture

According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

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Exodus 30:7,8
And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon 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…

Numbers 16:40
To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses.







Lexicon
he was chosen by lot,
ἔλαχε (elache)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2975: A prolonged form of a primary verb, which is only used as an alternate in certain tenses; to lot, i.e. Determine especially by lot.

according to
κατὰ (kata)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative 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.

custom
ἔθος (ethos)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1485: A custom, habit; an institute, rite. From etho; a usage.

of the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine 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.

priesthood,
ἱερατείας (hierateias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2405: The duty (office) of a priest, priesthood. From hierateuo; priestliness, i.e. The sacerdotal function.

to enter
εἰσελθὼν (eiselthōn)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1525: To go in, come in, enter. From eis and erchomai; to enter.

the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine 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.

temple
ναὸν (naon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3485: A temple, a shrine, that part of the temple where God himself resides. From a primary naio; a fane, shrine, temple.

of the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine 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.

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.

[and] burn incense.
θυμιᾶσαι (thymiasai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2370: To burn incense. From a derivative of thuo; to fumigate, i.e. Offer aromatic fumes.
(9)His lot was to burn incense.--The order of the courses was, as has been said, one of rotation. The distribution of functions during the week was determined by lot. That of offering incense, symbolising, as it did, the priestly work of presenting the prayers of the people, and joining his own with them (Psalm 141:2; Revelation 5:8), was of all priestly acts the most distinctive (2Chronicles 26:18). At such a moment all the hopes of one who looked for the Christ as the consolation of Israel would gather themselves into one great intercession.

Into the temple of the Lord--i.e., the Holy Place, into which none but the priests might enter.

Verse 9. - His lot was to burn incense; more accurately, he obtained by lot the duty of entering and offering incense. The office of burning incense gave the priest to whom this important lot fell the right of entering the holy place. It was the most coveted of all the priestly duties. The Talmud says the priest who obtained the right to perform this high duty was not permitted to draw the lot a second time in the same week, and as the whole number of priests at this time was very large - some say even as many as twenty thousand - Farrar conjectures that it would never happen to the same priest twice in his lifetime to enter that sacred spot. 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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