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Daily Bible Verse - 12/18/2007 - Luke 1:68-69

NIV "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come and has redeemed his people.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
KJV Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
NASB "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David His servant--
Luke 1:68-69

This passage is known as the Benedictus (the first word of v. 68 in the Latin translation; see notes on vv. 46-55; 2:29-32). Like Mary's Magnificat, it is liberally sprinkled with OT quotations and allusions. When Zacharias was struck mute in the temple (v. 20), he was supposed to deliver a benediction (see note on v. 21). So it is fitting that when his speech was restored, the first words out of his mouth were this inspired benediction.

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Lk 1:68). Nashville: Word Pub.

"horn of salvation"
The expression "horn of salvation," applied to Christ, means a salvation of strength, or a strong Saviour (Luke 1:69). To have the horn "exalted" denotes prosperity and triumph (Ps. 89:17, 24). To "lift up" the horn is to act proudly (Zech. 1:21).
Horns are also the symbol of royal dignity and power (Jer. 48:25; Zech. 1:18; Dan. 8:24).

Easton, M. (1996, c1897). Easton's Bible dictionary. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

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