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Luke 1:15 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

15. Neither wine nor strong drink This is in accordance with the vow of the Nazarite, Num 6:3-4. Similar announcements were made concerning Samson, Jdg 13:4-5, and Samuel, 1Sa 1:11. The Nazarite thus consecrates himself to an over self-severity, in order to raise the people to the idea of self-control and temperance. They were eminent in abstinence, in order by example to raise the popular standard of mastery over bodily appetites. They abstained from what was innocent, either in quality or measure, in order to influence the world to abstain from what was guilty either in kind or in excessive degree. John was to be Nazarite; Jesus was to be the model, not of over self-severity, but of practical and duly measured innocence and right. Paul gives a rule for Christian Nazaritism in 1Co 8:13. Our modern temperance societies are properly a Christian Nazaritism. They are a moral enterprise, aiming to raise the public practice to a standard of temperance by exhibiting an abstinence from even an otherwise innocent measure of indulgence. Strong drink included all exhilarating liquors besides wine. The chemical art of distilling the modern inflaming liquors was unknown to the ancients; but they were able to make intoxicating drinks from the palm-tree, from apples, and from grains. Drunkenness was by no means thereby wholly unknown. See Isa 5:22; Pro 23:29-30.

Holy Ghost… from his mother’s womb Even before birth the plenary influence of the Holy Spirit shall be upon and in his spirit. As soon as the soul shall quicken the unborn, there shall rest a holy power upon it. There is no Scripture ground for supposing with some that the child, even before birth, is no possible subject of sanctifying power.

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Luke 1:15 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 1:15 - The Greek Testament

Luke 1:15 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:15 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 1:15 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 1:15 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:15 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 1:15 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 1:15 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:15 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 1:15 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 1:15 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 1:15 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 1:15 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 1:15 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 1:15 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 1:15 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 1:15 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 1:15 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Luke 1:15 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 1:15 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 1:15 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 1:15 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:15 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:15 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 1:15 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 1:15 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:15 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments