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Luke 1:46 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

46-55. The Magnificat, or triumphal hymn of the Blessed Virgin.

This hymn has been called the Magnificat, from the first word of the Latin version; the Hymn of Zacharias (68-79) is called the Benedictus; and that of Simeon the Nunc Dimittis. Like one of the prophets of old, Mary, in the moment of inspired exaltation, pours forth her joy in rhythmical utterances. As in such cases of excitement memory is doubly powerful, it was easy to record with verbal accuracy the entire hymn.

It is divisible into three parts.

I. Luk 1:46-49. Rapturous recognition of God’s strange grace upon her own utterly humble person and character.

II. Luk 1:50-53. A recognition that it is ever thus that God exalts the humble and brings low the proud.

III. Luk 1:54-55. The blessed result is, that humble Israel is now to be exalted according to God’s ancient promise to Abraham.

Consult other comments:

Luke 1:46 - The Greek Testament

Luke 1:46 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:46 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:46 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 1:46 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 1:46 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 1:46 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:46 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 1:46 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 1:46 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:46 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:46 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 1:46 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 1:46 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 1:46 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 1:46 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 1:46 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 1:46 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 1:46 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 1:46 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:46 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 1:46 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 1:46 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 1:46 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Luke 1:46 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 1:46 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Luke 1:46 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 1:46 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 1:46 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 1:46 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 1:46 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:46 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

Luke 1:46 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:46 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 1:46 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 1:46 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 1:46 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:46 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments