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Luke 1:25

"This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men."

Adam Clarke Commentary

To take away my reproach - As fruitfulness was a part of the promise of God to his people, Genesis 17:6, and children, on this account, being considered as a particular blessing from heaven, Exodus 23:20; Leviticus 26:9; : Psalm 127:3; so barrenness was considered among the Jews as a reproach, and a token of the disapprobation of the Lord. 1 Samuel 1:6. But see Luke 1:36.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/luke-1.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Thus - In this merciful manner.

To take away my reproach - Among the Jews, a family of children was counted a signal blessing, an evidence of the favor of God, Psalm 113:9; Psalm 128:3; Isaiah 4:1; Isaiah 44:3-4; Leviticus 26:9. To be “barren,” therefore, or to be destitute of children, was considered a “reproach” or a “disgrace,” 1 Samuel 1:6.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "Barnes' Notes on the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/luke-1.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Thus hath the Lord dealt with me,.... In a very gracious and bountiful manner; in giving her strength to conceive a son in her old age, and such an one that was to be great, and so useful in his day; of which her husband had doubtless informed her by writing, though he could not speak:

in the days wherein he looked on me; with a favourable eye, with a look of love and mercy:

he took away my reproach from among men; as barrenness was accounted, especially among the Israelites, the seed of Abraham; to whom was promised a numerous issue, as the stars in the sky, and as the sand on the sea shore, and particularly the Messiah; see Genesis 30:23.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/luke-1.html. 1999.

People's New Testament

Take away my reproach. To be childless was regarded a great calamity in Israel. Compare Genesis 16:1-3 and Genesis 30:1.


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Johnson, Barton W. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "People's New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt/luke-1.html. 1891.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

My reproach (ονειδος μουoneidos mou). Keenly felt by a Jewish wife because the husband wanted an heir and because of the hope of the Messiah, and because of the mother‘s longing for a child.


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/luke-1.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

Neither A. V. nor Rev. render ὅτι ; taking it, as frequently, merely as recitative or equivalent to quotation marks. But it means because. Elizabeth assigns the reason for her peculiar seclusion. Her pregnancy was God's work, and she would leave it to him also to announce it and openly to take away her reproach. Hence the specification of five months, after which her condition would become apparent. Fully expressed, the sense would be: She hid herself, saying (I have hid myself) because, etc.

Looked upon ( ἐπεῖδεν )

Used by Luke only.


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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/luke-1.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

He looked upon me to take away my reproach — Barrenness was a great reproach among the Jews. Because fruitfulness was promised to the righteous.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/luke-1.html. 1765.

The Fourfold Gospel

Thus hath the Lord done unto me in the days wherein he looked upon [me]1, to take away my reproach among men2.

  1. Thus hath the Lord done unto me in the days wherein he looked upon [me]. Graciously and mercifully.

  2. To take away my reproach among men. The reproach of being childless (Genesis 30:23).


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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "The Fourfold Gospel". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/luke-1.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

To be childless was a subject of reproach among the Jews, though very unjustly.


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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ain/luke-1.html. 1878.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

25.Thus hath the Lord done to me She extols in private the goodness of God, until the time is fully come for making it generally known. There is reason to believe that her husband had informed her by writing of the promised offspring, in consequence of which she affirms with greater certainty and freedom that God was the author of this favor. This is confirmed by the following words, when he looked, that he might take away my reproach; for she assigns it as the cause of her barrenness that the favor of God had been at that time withdrawn from her. Among earthly blessings, Scripture speaks in the highest terms of the gift of offspring. And justly: for, if the productiveness of the inferior animals is his blessing, the increase and fruitfulness of the human race ought to be reckoned a much higher favor. It is no small or mean honor, that God, who alone is entitled to be regarded as a Father, admits the children of the dust to share with him this title. Let us, therefore, hold this doctrine, that

“children are an heritage of the Lord,
and the fruit of the womb is his reward,”
(
Psalms 127:3.)

But Elisabeth looked farther; for, though barren and old, she had conceived by a remarkable miracle, and contrary to the ordinary course of nature.

That he might take away my reproach Not without reason has barrenness been always accounted a reproach: for the blessing of the womb is enumerated among the signal instances of the divine kindness. Some think that this was peculiar to the ancient people: because Christ was to come from the seed of Abraham. But this had no reference, except to the tribe of Judah. Others think more correctly that the multiplication of the holy people was happy and blessed, as was said to Abraham, “I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth,” (Genesis 13:16;) and again,

“Tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: so shall thy seed be,”
(
Genesis 15:5.)

But we ought to connect the universal blessing, which extends to the whole human race, with the promise made to Abraham, which is peculiar to the church of God, (Genesis 13:15.) Let parents learn to be thankful to God for the children which he has given them, and let those who have no offspring acknowledge that God has humbled them in this matter. Elisabeth speaks of it exclusively as a reproach among men: for it is a temporal chastisement, from which we will suffer no loss in the kingdom of heaven.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/luke-1.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

Ver. 25. Thus hath the Lord] She saw that all her prayers that she had haply forgotten, were not lost, but laid up with God, who now sends in the blessing that she had despaired of. The Lord often doth things for his people that they look not for, Isaiah 65:1, and stays so long that when he comes he finds not faith, Luke 18:8.

To take away my reproach among men] Barrenness was counted a dishonour, Genesis 30:23; "Their virgins were not praised," Psalms 78:63, that is, married, and commended for their fruitfulness. {See Trapp on "Luke 1:7"}


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/luke-1.html. 1865-1868.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 1:25. οὕτω, thus) even as all, five months afterwards, saw her [viz. pregnant].— ἡμέραις, in the days) definitely fixed beforehand.— ἐπεῖδεν) ἐπέβλεψεν, Luke 1:48; ἐπεσκέψατο, Luke 1:68.— τὸ ὄνειδος, my reproach) viz. the surname by which they called her, viz. barren, Luke 1:36.— ἐν ἀνθρώποις, among men) She had scarcely accounted herself as one of the human race [to be counted among men] on account of her barrenness.


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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/luke-1.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

See Poole on "Luke 1:24"


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 1:25". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/luke-1.html. 1685.

Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

To take away my reproach; to have no children was considered among the Jews a reproach, while a family of children was accounted a great blessing. Leviticus 26:9; 1 Samuel 1:6; Psalms 113:9; Psalms 128:3.


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Edwards, Justin. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "Family Bible New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/luke-1.html. American Tract Society. 1851.

Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges

25. ἐπεῖδεν. Our versions understand μοι. The αἶς is repeated after ἡμέραις without repeating the preposition. Ἐφοράω implies providential care.

ἀφελεῖν ὄνειδός μου. So Rachel, when she bare a son, said, “God hath taken away my reproach,” Genesis 30:23. See Isaiah 4:1; Hosea 9:11; 1 Samuel 1:6-10. Yet the days were coming when to be childless would be regarded by Jewish mothers as a blessing. See Luke 23:29. The infinitive is here explanatory.

ἐν ἀνθρώποις. The ‘reproach’ was not real, but merely existed in human judgment. See Luke 1:36.


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"Commentary on Luke 1:25". "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/luke-1.html. 1896.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

25. The Lord dealt with me—Her retirement accords with the special dealing of God with her. She is to become the mother of one set apart from the world, and so she sets herself apart while so becoming.

My reproach The promise of a Messiah rendered marriage and maternity honourable among the Jews. Hence from the earliest times, as in the cases of Rachel and of Hannah, barrenness was a misfortune and a reproach.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/luke-1.html. 1874-1909.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:25. Thus hath the Lord, etc. This suggests the reason she hid herself. Since God had graciously removed her barrenness, she would leave it to Him to make this mercy manifest to others, and thus to take away her reproach among men. But she doubtless thus sought greater opportunity for devotion. The connection between her retirement and John’s solitary life cannot be altogether overlooked. The views that she hid herself from shame, or to avoid defilement, or as a measure of bodily precaution, or to wait until it was certain, or from unbelief, are incorrect. In comparing this story with the similar one of Abraham and Sarah, we must emphasize the difference. In the O. T. narrative, it is the man who is strong in faith, the woman who is weak; here the reverse is true. In the case of Mary this becomes still more prominent. The blessing on women, especially as mothers, appears thus early in the story of the ‘seed of the woman.’ (Comp. Genesis 3:15.)


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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/luke-1.html. 1879-90.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

looked on. Greek. epeidon. App-133. Occurs only in Luke here, and Acts 4:29.

to take away my reproach. Compare Genesis 30:23. 1 Samuel 1:6-10. Hosea 9:14. Contrast Luke 23:29.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/luke-1.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. There was here more than true womanly simplicity and gratitude to the Lord for the gift of offspring. She has respect to the manner in which that reproach was to be taken away, in connection with the great Hope of Israel.

The curtain of the first scene of this wonderful story has dropped, but only to rise again and disclose a scene of surpassing sacredness and delicacy, simplicity and grandeur.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/luke-1.html. 1871-8.

The Bible Study New Testament

He has taken away my public disgrace. To be childless in Israel was a public disgrace. Compare Genesis 16:1-3; Genesis 30:1-2.


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Ice, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "The Bible Study New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/luke-1.html. College Press, Joplin, MO. 1974.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(25) To take away my reproach among men.—The words express in almost their strongest form the Jewish feeling as to maternity. To have no children was more than a misfortune. It seemed to imply some secret sin which God was punishing with barrenness. So we have Rachel’s cry, “Give me children, or else I die” (Genesis 30:1); and Hannah’s “bitterness of soul” when “her adversary provoked her to make her fret” (1 Samuel 1:6-10).


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Luke 1:25". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/luke-1.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
hath
13; Genesis 21:1,2; 25:21; 30:22; 1 Samuel 1:19,20; 2:21,22; Hebrews 11:11
to take
Genesis 30:23; 1 Samuel 1:6; Isaiah 4:1; 54:1-4

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