Bible: Luke 1:39-55

Mary and Elizabeth

1:39 In those days 1  Mary got up and went hurriedly into the hill country, to a town of Judah, 2  1:40 and entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. 1:41 When 3  Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped 4  in her 5  womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 6  1:42 She 7  exclaimed with a loud voice, 8 Blessed are you among women, 9  and blessed is the child 10  in your womb! 1:43 And who am I 11  that the mother of my Lord should come and visit me? 1:44 For the instant 12  the sound of your greeting reached my ears, 13  the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 14  1:45 And blessed 15  is she who believed that 16  what was spoken to her by 17  the Lord would be fulfilled.” 18 

Mary’s Hymn of Praise

1:46 And Mary 19  said, 20 

“My soul exalts 21  the Lord, 22 

1:47 and my spirit has begun to rejoice 23  in God my Savior,

1:48 because he has looked upon the humble state of his servant. 24 

For 25  from now on 26  all generations will call me blessed, 27 

1:49 because he who is mighty 28  has done great things for me, and holy is his name;

1:50 from 29  generation to generation he is merciful 30  to those who fear 31  him.

1:51 He has demonstrated power 32  with his arm; he has scattered those whose pride wells up from the sheer arrogance 33  of their hearts.

1:52 He has brought down the mighty 34  from their thrones, and has lifted up those of lowly position; 35 

1:53 he has filled the hungry with good things, 36  and has sent the rich away empty. 37 

1:54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering 38  his mercy, 39 

1:55 as he promised 40  to our ancestors, 41  to Abraham and to his descendants 42  forever.”

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