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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The Lord’s Plan

“In that day,” declares the Lord,

“I will gather the lame;(A)
    I will assemble the exiles(B)
    and those I have brought to grief.(C)
I will make the lame my remnant,(D)
    those driven away a strong nation.(E)
The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion(F)
    from that day and forever.(G)
As for you, watchtower of the flock,
    stronghold[a] of Daughter Zion,
the former dominion will be restored(H) to you;
    kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.(I)

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 4:8 Or hill

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power,(A) but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.(B) 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”[a](C) 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.(D)

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable,(E) and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light(F) shining in a dark place, until the day dawns(G) and the morning star(H) rises in your hearts.(I) 20 Above all, you must understand(J) that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God(K) as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.(L)

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Peter 1:17 Matt. 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

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