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Mary’s Song of Praise

46 And Mary[a] said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,(A)
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,(B)
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowly state of his servant.
    Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed,(C)
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name;(D)
50 indeed, his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.(E)
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.(F)
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones
    and lifted up the lowly;(G)
53 he has filled the hungry with good things
    and sent the rich away empty.(H)
54 He has come to the aid of his child Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,(I)
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”(J)

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  1. 1.46 Other ancient authorities read Elizabeth

19 The angel replied, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.(A) 20 But now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will become mute, unable to speak, until the day these things occur.”(B)

21 Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering at his delay in the sanctuary. 22 When he did come out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept motioning to them and remained unable to speak. 23 When his time of service was ended, he returned to his home.

24 After those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she remained in seclusion. She said, 25 “This is what the Lord has done for me in this time, when he looked favorably on me and took away the disgrace I have endured among my people.”(C)

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,(D) 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.(E) 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”[a](F)

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  1. 1.28 Other ancient authorities add Blessed are you among women