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Luke 1:18 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

18. Whereby shall I know? This bold putting the angel to the proof was a want of proper faith. The fact that the angelic visitant knew his prayer, the splendour of his person, and the tremor of Zacharias, were vouchers sufficient. Strauss notes that Zacharias’s Greek words here are precisely the same with the Greek words of Abraham, according to the Septuagint in Gen 15:8, and asks why Abraham was gratified and Zacharias punished. Grotius had answered Strauss’s question centuries before it was asked. Abraham had been instructed by no previous example; Zacharias was instructed by the example of Abraham, which as a priest he was bound to understand. But Zacharias’s penalty, like his fault, was slight. It was discipline rather than punishment. And Grotius, literal as is his spirit, finds in the dumbness and beckoning of Zacharias a type of the then existing silence of prophecy, leaving the nation to the premonitions of the rites and ceremonies alone until the Messiah be born.

Consult other comments:

Luke 1:18 - The Greek Testament

Luke 1:18 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:18 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:18 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 1:18 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 1:18 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 1:18 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:18 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 1:18 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 1:18 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:18 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 1:18 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 1:18 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 1:18 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 1:18 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 1:18 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:18 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 1:18 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 1:18 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 1:18 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 1:18 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 1:18 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 1:18 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 1:18 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 1:18 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 1:18 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 1:18 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:18 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:18 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 1:18 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 1:18 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 1:18 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:18 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments