Zechariah's Prophecy

67 And his father Zechariah (A)was filled with the Holy Spirit and (B)prophesied, saying,

68 (C)“Blessed be the Lord (D)God of Israel,
    for he has (E)visited and (F)redeemed his people
69 and (G)has raised up (H)a horn of salvation for us
    (I)in the house of his servant David,
70 (J)as (K)he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 (L)that we should be saved from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 (M)to show the mercy promised to our fathers
    and (N)to remember his holy (O)covenant,
73 (P)the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74     that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him (Q)without fear,
75     (R)in holiness and righteousness before him (S)all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called (T)the prophet of (U)the Most High;
    for (V)you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
    (W)in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the (X)tender mercy of our God,
    whereby (Y)the sunrise shall (Z)visit us[a] (AA)from on high
79 to (AB)give light to (AC)those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into (AD)the way of (AE)peace.”

80 (AF)And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was (AG)in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 1:78 Or when the sunrise shall dawn upon us; some manuscripts since the sunrise has visited us

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