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George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
Luke 1:46

And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord,

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Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
And Mary said, My soul magnifies and extols the Lord,

The Complete Jewish Bible
Then Miryam said, "My soul magnifies ADONAI;

American Standard Version
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

Bible in Basic English
And Mary said: My soul gives glory to God;

English Revised Version
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

Contemporary English Version
Mary said: With all my heart I praise the Lord,

English Standard Version
And Mary said,"My soul magnifies the Lord,

Easy-to-Read Version
Then Mary said,

The Geneva Bible (1587)
Then Marie sayde, My soule magnifieth the Lorde,

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
And Marie saide: My soule magnifieth the Lorde.

Darby's Translation
And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord,

King James Version (1611)
And Marie said, My soule doth magnifie the Lord.

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
And Mary sayde:My soule magnifieth the LORDE.

New Revised Standard
And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord.

New Century Version
Then Mary said, "My soul praises the Lord;

James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta
And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord:

Weymouth New Testament
Then Mary said: "My soul extols the Lord,

Good News Translation
Mary said, <

Holman Christian Standard
And Mary said:My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

Mace New Testament (1729)
Then Mary said, "my soul doth magnify the Lord,

J.P. Green Literal Translation
And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord,

New King James
And Mary said: "My soul magnifies the Lord,

New Living Translation
Mary responded, "Oh, how I praise the Lord.

New International Version
And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord

King James Version
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

New Life Version
Then Mary said, "My heart sings with thanks for my Lord.

Hebrew Names Version
Miryam said, "My soul magnifies the Lord.

International Standard Version
Then Mary said, "My soul praises the greatness of the Lord!

John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta
And Mariam said: My soul doth magnify the Lord,

New American Standard Version
And Mary said: "My soul exalts the Lord,

The Emphasised Bible
And Mary said - My soul doth magnify the Lord,

Revised Standard Version
And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord,

Tyndale Bible
And Mary sayde. My soule magnifieth the Lorde.

Updated Bible Version 1.9
And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord,

The Webster Bible
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

World English Bible
Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord.

Wesley's New Testament (1755)
And Mary said,

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
And Marie seide, Mi soule magnyfieth the Lord,

Young's Literal Translation
And Mary said, `My soul doth magnify the Lord,

The Message
And Mary said, I'm bursting with God-news;

Lexham English Bible
And Mary said,

Contextual Overview

39In those days, Mary rose up, and went hurriedly to a mountain, to a city of Judaea. 40And she entered the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth. 41And when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42And she cried in a loud voice, and said to Mary, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43How does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For behold, when the voice of your salutation fell on my ears, the babe in my womb leaped with great joy. 45And blessed is she who believed; for there will be a fulfillment of the things which were spoken to her from the Lord. 46And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord, 47And my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour. 48For he has regarded the meekness of his handmaid; for behold, from henceforth, all generations shall envy me.

Verse Review

Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
1 Samuel 2:1; Psalms 34:2,3; 35:9; 103:1,2; Isaiah 24:15,16; 45:25; 61:10; Habakkuk 3:17,18; Romans 5:11; 1 Corinthians 1:31; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Philippians 3:3; 4:4; 1 Peter 1:8

Gill's Notes on the Bible

And Mary said, my soul doth magnify the Lord. Either Jehovah, the Father, or the Son; who, as he was David's Lord, according to his divine nature, though his son after the flesh, was, in the same sense, Mary's Lord, as well as her son: and by "magnifying" him is meant, not making him great, for he cannot be made greater than he is; but ascribing greatness to him, even all the perfections of the Deity, and praising him on account of them; and also declaring and speaking well of his many and mighty works of power, goodness, grace, and mercy, and giving him the glory of them: this Mary did, not in lip and word only, but with her whole heart and, soul, and with all the powers and faculties of it; being filled with the Holy Ghost, and under a more than ordinary influence of his, as her cousin Elisabeth was: and it is to be observed, that she all along speaks in the prophetic style, of things, as if they were done, which were doing, or would shortly be done.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

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.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

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.

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the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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