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Luke 1:23

    Luke 1:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And it came to pass, when the days of his ministration were fulfilled, he departed unto his house.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And when the days of his work in the Temple were ended, he went back to his house.

    Webster's Revision

    And it came to pass, when the days of his ministration were fulfilled, he departed unto his house.

    World English Bible

    It happened, when the days of his service were fulfilled, he departed to his house.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And it came to pass, when the days of his ministration were fulfilled, he departed unto his house.

    Definitions for Luke 1:23

    Ministration - Service.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 1:23

    As soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished - Each family of the priesthood officiated one whole week, 2 Kings 11:17.

    There is something very instructive in the conduct of this priest; had he not loved the service he was engaged in, he might have made the loss of his speech a pretext for immediately quitting it. But as he was not thereby disabled from fulfilling the sacerdotal function, so he saw he was bound to continue till his ministry was ended; or till God had given him a positive dismission. Preachers who give up their labor in the vineyard because of some trifling bodily disorder by which they are afflicted, or through some inconvenience in outward circumstances, which the follower of a cross-bearing, crucified Lord should not mention, show that they either never had a proper concern for the honor of their Master or for the salvation of men, or else that they have lost the spirit of their Master, and the spirit of their work. Again, Zacharias did not hasten to his house to tell his wife the good news that he had received from heaven, in which she was certainly very much interested: the angel had promised that all his words should be fulfilled in their season, and for this season he patiently waited in the path of duty. He had engaged in the work of the Lord, and must pay no attention to any thing that was likely to mar or interrupt his religious service. Preachers who profess to be called of God to labor in the word and doctrine, and who abandon their work for filthy lucre's sake, are the most contemptible of mortals, and traitors to their God.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 1:23

    As soon as the days of his ministration ... - As soon as he had fulfilled the duties of the week. It might have been supposed that the extraordinary occurrence in the temple, together with his own calamity, would have induced him at once to leave this place and return home; but his duty was in the temple. His piety prompted him to remain there in the service of God. He was not unfitted for burning incense by his dumbness, and it was not proper for him to leave his post. It is the duty of ministers of religion to remain at their work until they are unfitted for it, and unable to serve God in their profession. Then they must retire. But until that time, he that for trifling causes forsakes his post is guilty of unfaithfulness to his Master.