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Luke 1:46

    Luke 1:46 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Mary said, My soul does magnify the Lord,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Mary said: My soul gives glory to God;

    Webster's Revision

    And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

    World English Bible

    Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

    Definitions for Luke 1:46

    Doth - To do; to produce; make.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 1:46

    And Mary said - Two copies of the Itala, and some books mentioned by Origen, give this song to Elisabeth. It is a counterpart of the song of Hannah, as related in 1 Samuel 2:1-10.

    This is allowed by many to be the first piece of poetry in the New Testament; but the address of the angel to Zacharias, Luke 1:13-17, is delivered in the same way; so is that to the virgin, Luke 1:30-33, and so also is Elisabeth's answer to Mary, Luke 1:42-45. All these portions are easily reducible to the hemistich form in which the Hebrew poetry of the Old Testament is found in many MSS., and in which Dr. Kennicott has arranged the Psalms, and other poetical parts of the Sacred Writings. See his Hebrew Bible.

    My soul doth magnify the Lord - The verb μεγαλυνειν, Kypke has proved, signifies to celebrate with words, to extol with praises. This is the only way in which God can be magnified, or made great; for, strictly speaking, nothing can be added to God, for he is infinite and eternal; therefore the way to magnify him is to show forth and celebrate those acts in which he has manifested his greatness.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 1:46

    My soul doth magnify the Lord - To "magnify" means to "make great," and then to "extol," to "praise," to "celebrate." It does not mean here strictly to "make great," but to increase "in our estimation" - that is, to praise or extol. See Psalm 34:3; 2 Samuel 7:26.

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 1:46

    1:46 And Mary said - Under a prophetic impulse, several things, which perhaps she herself did not then fully understand.