Mary’s Song(A)

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord(B)
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,(C)
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.(D)
From now on all generations will call me blessed,(E)
49     for the Mighty One has done great things(F) for me—
    holy is his name.(G)
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.(H)
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;(I)
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.(J)
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.(K)
53 He has filled the hungry with good things(L)
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful(M)
55 to Abraham and his descendants(N) forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

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David’s Prayer(A)

18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:

“Who am I,(B) Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?

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23 And who is like your people Israel(A)—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name(B) for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders(C) by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed(D) from Egypt?[a] 24 You have established your people Israel as your very own(E) forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.(F)

25 “And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise(G) you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, 26 so that your name(H) will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established(I) in your sight.

27 Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. 28 Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy,(J) and you have promised these good things to your servant. 29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing(K) the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”

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  1. 2 Samuel 7:23 See Septuagint and 1 Chron. 17:21; Hebrew wonders for your land and before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt, from the nations and their gods.

So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”[a](A)

Understand, then, that those who have faith(B) are children of Abraham.(C) Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”[b](D) So those who rely on faith(E) are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.(F)

10 For all who rely on the works of the law(G) are under a curse,(H) as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”[c](I) 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God,(J) because “the righteous will live by faith.”[d](K) 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”[e](L) 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law(M) by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”[f](N) 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus,(O) so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.(P)

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  1. Galatians 3:6 Gen. 15:6
  2. Galatians 3:8 Gen. 12:3; 18:18; 22:18
  3. Galatians 3:10 Deut. 27:26
  4. Galatians 3:11 Hab. 2:4
  5. Galatians 3:12 Lev. 18:5
  6. Galatians 3:13 Deut. 21:23

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