|"Praise be to the Lord, the God of |
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 ,
|Blessed be the Lord God of ; 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;|
|"Blessed be the Lord God of |
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.