New International Version
to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."
King James Bible
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Darby Bible Translation
to shine upon them who were sitting in darkness and in [the] shadow of death, to guide our feet into [the] way of peace.
World English Bible
to shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death; to guide our feet into the way of peace."
Young's Literal Translation
To give light to those sitting in darkness and death-shade, To guide our feet to a way of peace.'
Luke 1:79 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And thou, child, etc. - Zacharias proclaims the dignity, employment, doctrine, and success of his son; and the ruin and recovery of the Jews and the Gentiles.
1. His dignity. Thou shalt be called (constituted) a prophet of the Most High. Prophet has two acceptations: -
1st. A person who foretells future events; and;
2dly. A teacher of men in the things of God, 1 Corinthians 14:3.
John was a prophet in both senses: he proclaimed the mercy which should be communicated; announced the baptism of the Holy Spirit; and taught men how to leave their sins, and how to find the salvation of God. See Luke 3:5-14. His very name, Jehochanan, the grace or mercy of Jehovah, (see Luke 1:60), was a constant prediction of the salvation of God. Our Lord terms him the greatest prophet which had ever appeared in the world. He had the honor of being the last and clearest prophet of the old covenant, and the first of the new.
2. His employment. Thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways. He should be the immediate forerunner of Jesus Christ, none being capable of succeeding him in his ministry but Christ himself. He was to prepare his ways, to be the honored instrument, in the hands of God, of disposing the hearts of multitudes of the Israelites to believe in and follow the Lord Jesus.
3. Zacharias points out the doctrine or teaching of John. It should be γνωσις σωτηριας, the science of salvation. Men are ignorant, and they must be instructed. Human sciences may be profitable in earthly matters, but cannot profit the soul. The science that teaches God must come from God. No science is of any avail to the soul that does not bring salvation with it: this is the excellence of heavenly science, and an excellence that is peculiar to itself. No science but that which comes from God can ever save a soul from the power, the guilt, and the pollution of sin.
4. Zacharias predicts the success of his son's ministry. Under his preaching, the people should be directed to that tender mercy of God, through which they might obtain the remission of their sins, Luke 1:77, Luke 1:78. Those who are sent by God, and preach his truth, and his only, shall always be successful in their work; for it is for this very purpose that God has sent them; and it would be a marvelous thing, indeed, should they labor in vain. But there never was such a case, since God made man, in which a preacher was Divinely commissioned to preach Jesus and his salvation, and yet had no fruit of his labor.
5. Zacharias points out the wretched state in which the inhabitants of Judea and the Gentile world were then found.
1. Their feet had wandered out of the way of peace, (Luke 1:79), of temporal and spiritual prosperity.
2. They had got into a state of darkness - they were blind concerning the things of God, and the things which belonged to their salvation.
3. They had become contented inhabitants of this land of intellectual darkness - they had sat down in it, and were not concerned to get out of it.
4. They were about to perish in it - death had his dominion there; and his swift approaches to them were now manifested to the prophet by seeing his shadow cast upon them.
Ignorance of God and salvation is the shadow of death; and the substance, eternal ruin, is essentially connected with the projected shadow. See these phrases explained at large on Matthew 4:16 (note).
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He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.--LUKE 1:49. Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?--Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.--Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy.--Hallowed be thy name. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people. Who is this …
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The Key-Note of a Choice Sonnet
Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks along them will know peace.
the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."
You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
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