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Luke 1:32

    Luke 1:32 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give to him the throne of his father David:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He will be great, and will be named the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his father:

    Webster's Revision

    He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

    World English Bible

    He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father, David,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 1:32

    He shall be great - Behold the greatness of the man Christ Jesus:

    1st. Because that human nature that should be born of the virgin was to be united with the Divine nature.

    2dly. In consequence of this, that human nature should be called in a peculiar sense the Son of the most high God; because God would produce it in her womb without the intervention of man.

    3rdly. He shall be the everlasting Head and Sovereign of his Church.

    4thly. His government and kingdom shall be eternal.

    Revolutions may destroy the kingdoms of the earth, but the powers and gates of hell and death shall never be able to destroy or injure the kingdom of Christ. His is the only dominion that shall never have an end. The angel seems here to refer to Isaiah 9:7; Isaiah 16:5; Jeremiah 23:5; Daniel 2:44; Daniel 7:14. All which prophecies speak of the glory, extent, and perpetuity of the evangelical kingdom. The kingdom of grace and the kingdom of glory form the endless government of Christ.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 1:32

    He shall be great - There is undoubted reference in this passage to Isaiah 9:6-7. By his being "great" is meant he shall be distinguished or illustrious; great in power, in wisdom, in dominion on earth and in heaven.

    Shall be called - This is the same as to say he "shall be" the Son, etc. The Hebrews often used this form of speech. See Matthew 21:13.

    The Highest - God, who is infinitely exalted; called the Highest, because He is exalted over all his creatures on earth and in heaven. See Mark 5:7.

    The throne - The kingdom; or shall appoint him as the lineal successor of David in the kingdom.

    His father David - David is called his father because Jesus was lineally descended from him. See Matthew 1:1. The promise to David was, that there should "not fail" a man to sit on his throne, or that his throne should be perpetual 1 Kings 2:4; 1 Kings 8:25; 1 Kings 9:5; 2 Chronicles 6:16, and the promise was fulfilled by exalting Jesus to be a Prince and a Saviour, and the perpetual King of his people.