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76 And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High,
    for you will go before the Lord[a] to prepare his ways,(A)
77 to give his people knowledge of salvation
    through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God(B)
    by which the daybreak from on high[b] will visit us(C)

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  1. 1:76 You will go before the Lord: here the Lord is most likely a reference to Jesus (contrast Lk 1:15–17 where Yahweh is meant) and John is presented as the precursor of Jesus.
  2. 1:78 The daybreak from on high: three times in the LXX (Jer 23:5; Zec 3:8; 6:12), the Greek word used here for daybreak translates the Hebrew word for “scion, branch,” an Old Testament messianic title.