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.
80 As John grew up, God’s Spirit gave him great power. John lived in the desert until the time he was sent to the people of Israel.
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.”
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