Bible: Luke 1:67-79

Zechariah’s Praise and Prediction

1:67 Then 1  his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, 2 

1:68Blessed 3  be the Lord God of Israel,

because he has come to help 4  and has redeemed 5  his people.

1:69 For 6  he has raised up 7  a horn of salvation 8  for us in the house of his servant David, 9 

1:70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from long ago, 10 

1:71 that we should be saved 11  from our enemies, 12 

and from the hand of all who hate us.

1:72 He has done this 13  to show mercy 14  to our ancestors, 15 

and to remember his holy covenant 16 

1:73 the oath 17  that he swore to our ancestor 18  Abraham.

This oath grants 19 

1:74 that we, being rescued from the hand of our 20  enemies,

may serve him without fear, 21 

1:75 in holiness and righteousness 22  before him for as long as we live. 23 

1:76 And you, child, 24  will be called the prophet 25  of the Most High. 26 

For you will go before 27  the Lord to prepare his ways, 28 

1:77 to give his people knowledge of salvation 29  through the forgiveness 30  of their sins.

1:78 Because of 31  our God’s tender mercy 32 

the dawn 33  will break 34  upon us from on high

1:79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, 35 

to guide our feet into the way 36  of peace.”

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