67 The Holy Spirit came upon Zechariah, and he began to speak:
68 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel! He has come to save his people. 69 Our God has given us a mighty Savior[a] from the family of David his servant. 70 Long ago the Lord promised by the words of his holy prophets 71 to save us from our enemies and from everyone who hates us. 72 God said he would be kind to our people and keep his sacred promise. 73 He told our ancestor Abraham 74 that he would rescue us from our enemies. Then we could serve him without fear, 75 by being holy and good as long as we live.
76 You, my son, will be called a prophet of God in heaven above. You will go ahead of the Lord to get everything ready for him. 77 You will tell his people that they can be saved when their sins are forgiven. 78 God’s love and kindness will shine upon us like the sun that rises in the sky.[b] 79 On us who live in the dark shadow of death this light will shine to guide us into a life of peace.
1.69a mighty Savior: The Greek text has “a horn of salvation.” In the Scriptures animal horns are often a symbol of great strength.
1.78like the sun that rises in the sky: Or “like the Messiah coming from heaven.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-27Contemporary English Version (CEV)
A Race and a Fight
24 You know that many runners enter a race, and only one of them wins the prize. So run to win! 25 Athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever. 26 I don’t run without a goal. And I don’t box by beating my fists in the air. 27 I keep my body under control and make it my slave, so I won’t lose out after telling the good news to others.
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