68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,(A)
    because he has come to his people and redeemed them.(B)
69 He has raised up a horn[a](C) of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David(D)
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),(E)
71 salvation from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors(F)
    and to remember his holy covenant,(G)
73     the oath he swore to our father Abraham:(H)
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
    and to enable us to serve him(I) without fear(J)
75     in holiness and righteousness(K) before him all our days.

76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet(L) of the Most High;(M)
    for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,(N)
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
    through the forgiveness of their sins,(O)
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
    by which the rising sun(P) will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
    and in the shadow of death,(Q)
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”(R)

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  1. Luke 1:69 Horn here symbolizes a strong king.

18 Therefore this is what the Lord says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah:

“They will not mourn(A) for him:
    ‘Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!’
They will not mourn for him:
    ‘Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!’
19 He will have the burial(B) of a donkey—
    dragged away and thrown(C)
    outside the gates of Jerusalem.”

20 “Go up to Lebanon and cry out,(D)
    let your voice be heard in Bashan,(E)
cry out from Abarim,(F)
    for all your allies(G) are crushed.
21 I warned you when you felt secure,(H)
    but you said, ‘I will not listen!’
This has been your way from your youth;(I)
    you have not obeyed(J) me.
22 The wind(K) will drive all your shepherds(L) away,
    and your allies(M) will go into exile.
Then you will be ashamed and disgraced(N)
    because of all your wickedness.
23 You who live in ‘Lebanon,[a](O)
    who are nestled in cedar buildings,
how you will groan when pangs come upon you,
    pain(P) like that of a woman in labor!

24 “As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “even if you, Jehoiachin[b](Q) son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring(R) on my right hand, I would still pull you off. 25 I will deliver(S) you into the hands of those who want to kill you, those you fear—Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the Babylonians.[c] 26 I will hurl(T) you and the mother(U) who gave you birth into another country, where neither of you was born, and there you both will die. 27 You will never come back to the land you long to return(V) to.”

28 Is this man Jehoiachin(W) a despised, broken pot,(X)
    an object no one wants?
Why will he and his children be hurled(Y) out,
    cast into a land(Z) they do not know?
29 O land,(AA) land, land,
    hear the word of the Lord!
30 This is what the Lord says:
“Record this man as if childless,(AB)
    a man who will not prosper(AC) in his lifetime,
for none of his offspring(AD) will prosper,
    none will sit on the throne(AE) of David
    or rule anymore in Judah.”

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  1. Jeremiah 22:23 That is, the palace in Jerusalem (see 1 Kings 7:2)
  2. Jeremiah 22:24 Hebrew Koniah, a variant of Jehoiachin; also in verse 28
  3. Jeremiah 22:25 Or Chaldeans

The Little Children and Jesus(A)

15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child(B) will never enter it.”

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