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Geneva Notes/ Commentary on Luke 1:39-56

Lu 1:39
1:39 {4} And Mary arose in those days, and went into the {m}
hill country with haste, into a {n} city of Juda;

(4) Elisabeth being many months pregnant with John, and Mary
being pregnant with Christ, do rejoice for each other by
the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
(m) Which is on the south side of Jerusalem.
(n) That is to say, Hebron: which was in times past called
Kirjatharba: which was one of the towns that were
given to the Levites in the tribe of Judah, and is said
to be in the mountains of Judah; Jos 14:15; 21:11.

Lu 1:41
1:41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the
salutation of Mary, the babe {o} leaped in her womb; and
Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

(o) This was no ordinary or usual type of moving.

Lu 1:42
1:42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed
[art] thou among women, and {p} blessed [is] the fruit of
thy womb.

(p) Christ is blessed with respect to his humanity.

Lu 1:46
1:46 {5} And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

(5) Christ, the redeemer of the afflicted and revenger of the
proud, promised long ago to the fathers, is now finally
exhibited indeed.

Lu 1:48
1:48 For he hath {q} regarded the {r} low estate of his
handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations
shall call me blessed.

(q) Has freely and graciously loved.
(r) Literally, "My baseness", that is, my base estate: so
that the virgin did not boast of her deserts, but the
grace of God.

Lu 1:50
1:50 And his mercy [is] on them {s} that fear him from
generation to generation.

(s) To those that live godly and religiously, as the
Hebrews say.

Lu 1:51
1:51 He hath shewed strength with his {t} arm; he hath {u}
scattered the proud in the {x} imagination of their hearts.

(t) Here many more words than necessary are used, which the
Hebrews use very much: and "arm" here is taken for
strength.
(u) Even as the wind does to the chaff.
(x) He has scattered them, and the imagination of their
hearts; or, by and through the imagination of their own
hearts; so that their wicked counsel turned to their
own destruction.

Lu 1:52
1:52 He hath {y} put down the mighty from [their] seats, and
exalted them of {z} low degree.

(y) The mighty and rich men.
(z) Those of no account, who are vile in men's eyes, who
are indeed the poor in spirit, that is, those who
claim nothing of themselves in the sight of God.

Lu 1:53
1:53 He hath filled the {a} hungry with good things; and the
rich he hath sent empty away.

(a) Those that are brought to extreme poverty.

Lu 1:54
1:54 {b} He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of
[his] mercy;

(b) He has helped Israel up with his arm, who had been
completely cast down.

Lu 1:55
1:55 As he {c} spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed
for ever.

(c) Promised.

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