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76 And to you I prophesy, my little son,
    you will be known as the prophet of the glorious God.
    For you will be a forerunner,
    going before the face of the Master, Yahweh,[a]
    to prepare hearts to embrace his ways.[b]
77 You will preach to his people the revelation of salvation life,
    the cancellation of all our sins, to bring us back to God.
78 The splendor light of heaven’s glorious sunrise[c]
    is about to break upon us in holy visitation,
    all because the merciful heart of our God is so very tender.

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  1. Luke 1:76 Literal translation of the Aramaic.
  2. Luke 1:76 Zechariah quotes from Mal. 3:1.
  3. Luke 1:78 Some believe this is a quote from Mal. 4:2. Jesus the Savior is the dawning light of a new day to this dark world. This “sunrise” is the appearing of Jesus, the Messiah.