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Luke 1:72

    Luke 1:72 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    To show mercy towards, our fathers, And to remember his holy covenant;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    To do acts of mercy to our fathers and to keep in mind his holy word,

    Webster's Revision

    To show mercy towards, our fathers, And to remember his holy covenant;

    World English Bible

    to show mercy towards our fathers, to remember his holy covenant,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    To shew mercy towards our fathers, And to remember his holy covenant;

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 1:72

    His holy covenant - See the note on Luke 1:54.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 1:72

    To perform the mercy - To show the mercy promised. The expression in the "original" is, "To make mercy with our fathers" - that is, to show kindness to our fathers; and the propriety of it is founded on the fact that mercy to "children" is regarded as kindness to the "parent." Blessing the "children" was blessing the "nation;" was fulfilling the promises made to the fathers, and "showing" that he regarded them in mercy.

    His holy covenant - The word "covenant" means compact or agreement. This is in use among people. It implies equality in the parties; freedom from constraint; freedom from previous obligation to do the thing now covenanted; and freedom from obligation to enter into a compact, unless a man chooses so to do. Such a transaction evidently can never take place between man and God, for they are not equal. Man is not at liberty to "decline" what God proposes, and he is under obligation to do "all" that God commands. When the word "covenant," therefore, is used in the Bible, it means sometimes a "command;" Sometimes a "promise;" sometimes a "regular law" - as "the covenant of the day and night;" and sometimes the way in which God dispenses mercy - that is, by the old and new covenants. In the place before us it means "the promise" made to Abraham, as the following verses clearly show.