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George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
Luke 1:54

He has helped his servant Israel, and has remembered his mercy,

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Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
He has laid hold on His servant Israel [to help him, to espouse his cause], in remembrance of His mercy,

The Complete Jewish Bible
"He has taken the part of his servant Isra'el, mindful of the mercy

American Standard Version
He hath given help to Israel his servant, That he might remember mercy

Bible in Basic English
His help he has given to Israel, his servant, so that he might keep in mind his mercy to Abraham and his seed for ever,

English Revised Version
He hath holpen Israel his servant, That he might remember mercy

Contemporary English Version
He helps his servant Israel and is always merciful to his people.

English Standard Version
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,

Easy-to-Read Version
God has helped Israel--the people he chose to serve him. He did not forget his promise to give us his mercy.

The Geneva Bible (1587)
Hee hath vpholden Israel his seruaunt to be mindefull of his mercie

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
He hath helped his seruaunt Israel, in remembraunce of his mercy,

Darby's Translation
He has helped Israel his servant, in order to remember mercy,

King James Version (1611)
Hee hath holpen his seruant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
He remebreth mercy, and helpeth vp his seruaunt Israel.

New Revised Standard
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,

Douay-Rheims Bible
He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy.

New Century Version
He has helped his servant, the people of Israel, remembering to show them mercy

James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta
He hath aided Israel his servant, and remembered his mercy,

Weymouth New Testament
His servant Israel He has helped, Remembering His compassion--

Good News Translation
He has kept the promise he made to our ancestors, and has come to the help of his servant Israel.

Holman Christian Standard
He has helped His servant Israel, mindful of His mercy,

Mace New Testament (1729)
he has taken Israel his servant into his protection, in pursuance of the mercy,

J.P. Green Literal Translation
He helped His servant Israel in order to remember mercy,

New King James
He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy,

New Living Translation
And how he has helped his servant Israel! He has not forgotten his promise to be merciful.

New International Version
He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful

King James Version
He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

New Life Version
He has helped Israel His servant. This was done to remember His loving-kindness.

Hebrew Names Version
He has given help to Yisra'el, his servant, that he might remember mercy,

International Standard Version
He helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful,

John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta
He hath helped Isroel his servant, And hath remembered his mercy;

New American Standard Version
"He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy,

The Emphasised Bible
He hath laid hold of Israel his servant, to be mindful of mercies:

Revised Standard Version
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,

Tyndale Bible
He remenbreth mercy: and helpeth his servaunt Israel.

Updated Bible Version 1.9
He has given help to Israel his son, That he might remember mercy

The Webster Bible
He hath sustained his servant Israel, in remembrance of [his] mercy;

World English Bible
He has given help to Israel, his servant, that he might remember mercy

Wesley's New Testament (1755)
He hath helped his servant Israel,

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
He, hauynge mynde of his mercy, took Israel, his child;

Young's Literal Translation
He received again Israel His servant, To remember kindness,

The Message
He embraced his chosen child, Israel; he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.

Lexham English Bible
He has helped Israel his servant,

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

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He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
70-75; Psalms 98:3; Isaiah 44:21; 46:3,4; 49:14-16; 54:6-10; 63:7-16; Jeremiah 31:3,20; 33:24-26; Micah 7:20; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Zechariah 9:9-11

Gill's Notes on the Bible

He hath holpen his servant Israel,.... Meaning, not the natural posterity of Jacob, or Israel in general, but the elect of God among them; for all were not Israel, who were of Israel; and not them only, but also the chosen ones among the Gentiles; who, with the former, make up the whole Israel of God, in a spiritual and mystical sense: these are the Israel, God has chosen, redeemed, and calls by his grace, and are here styled his "servant", as Israel is frequently called, Isaiah 41:8. The word signifies a "child", as well as a "servant": and may design, either the weak and helpless condition God's elect are in by nature, which calls for, and requires divine help and assistance; or the relation they stand in to him, being his adopted children, and which is the reason of his helping them: and which signifies to take them by the hand, and lift them up, and support and uphold them; and supposes them to have been fallen down, and unable to raise themselves up; but God having laid help for them on one that is mighty, sent him to take upon him their nature; and by obeying, suffering, and dying for them, to help them out of their state of sin and misery; and to uphold them with the right hand of his righteousness, and bring them safe to glory; and all this,

in remembrance of his mercy; which he had in his heart towards them, and had promised in his covenant to them: the mercy of God, is the spring and source of redemption; mercy provided a Redeemer, and a ransom; and it is owing to it, that the Redeemer came; and he, in his love and pity, performed the work: and therefore salvation is to be ascribed, not to works of righteousness done by men, but to the abundant mercy of God our Saviour.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Hath holpen - Hath helped or assisted. The word rendered “holpen” denotes properly, “to take hold of one, to help him up when he is in danger of falling,” and here means that God had succored his people when they were feeble, and were in danger of falling or being overthrown.

His servant Israel - His people the Israelites, or those who truly revered him and kept His commandments. See Isaiah 41:8-9; Hosea 11:1.

In remembrance of his mercy - Or that His mercy may be remembered.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

He hath holpen [supported, αντελαβετο ] his servant Israel - Israel is here represented as falling, and the Lord comes speedily in and props him up. The house of David was now ready to fall and rise no more; Jesus, being born of the very last branch of the regal line, revived the family, and restored the dominion.

In remembrance of his mercy - By mercy, the covenant which God made with Abraham, Genesis 15:18, is intended; which covenant proceeded from God's eternal mercy, as in it salvation was promised to all the nations of the earth. See Genesis 17:19, and Genesis 22:18, and this promise was, in one form or other, given to all the fathers, Luke 1:55.

This song properly consists of three parts.

  1. In the first part Mary praises God for what he had done for herself, Luke 1:46-50.
  • In the second, she praises him for what he had done, and would do, against the oppressors of his people, Luke 1:51-53.
  • 3. In the third, she praises him for what he had done, and would do, for his Church, Luke 1:53-56.

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