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Luke 1:48 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

I. Recognition of God’s grace to her humility.

Compare the song of Hannah upon a similar occasion, the birth of a future prophet and judge of Israel. This is formed upon the same model of that, as proof that the new dispensation is the outgrowth of the old, and that the same spirit, in different ages and persons, breathes the same holy strains. But the song of the latter is gentler, grander, opening into a far sublimer prospective.

48. Low estate of his handmaiden Mary’s ground of praise and thanksgiving is the wonderful grace of God that had condescended to even her. True, she is daughter of the noblest line of Israel or the world, but for ages that royal line has been in a low estate. It seemed wonderful that the daughter of neither Augustus nor Herod should be selected as the mother of the Incarnate, but the humble virgin of Nazareth. Some ten years before Mary uttered this hymn, Virgil, the Roman poet, had in one of his finest strains predicted the birth of a noble babe, under whose sway a new order of things should commence, and the renovation of the world be accomplished. It was suggested, doubtless, by the prevalent presentiment that a great deliverer was soon to be born, arising from the prophecies of the Messiah. But the worldly poet preferred to find his mother for the Messiah in the wife of a Roman consul. So differs the wisdom of God from the folly of man.

All generations shall call me blessed Here is prophecy; and how wonderfully has it been fulfilled! Sad it is, indeed, to think that even the Christian Church has made her the object of idolatry. But let that not prevent our uttering the epithet blessed upon her whom God deigned to honour above all her sex.

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Luke 1:48 - The Greek Testament

Luke 1:48 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:48 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 1:48 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 1:48 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:48 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 1:48 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 1:48 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:48 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:48 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 1:48 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 1:48 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 1:48 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 1:48 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 1:48 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 1:48 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 1:48 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 1:48 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 1:48 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 1:48 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:48 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:48 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 1:48 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 1:48 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:48 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments