Luke 1:14

ESV And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,
NIV He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,
NASB You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice over his birth.
CSB There will be joy and delight for you, and many will rejoice at his birth.
NLT You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,
KJV And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

What does Luke 1:14 mean?

Before concepts like retirement and social security, a person's care in old age was mostly through children. This was especially important for women, who had fewer opportunities to earn income. Culturally, children were considered blessings and signs of productivity. During the New Testament era, unlike today, a childless marriage was an awkward and embarrassing situation. Zechariah and Elizabeth are righteous, God-fearing people saddened as they age without having conceived a child (Luke 1:5–7). An angel has just informed Zechariah that his prayers will be answered; his wife will bear a son (Luke 1:13).

Given the reputation of this couple, and the sadness of their condition, this will certainly be cause for celebration. Elizabeth will make mention of this as she rejoices (Luke 1:25). Even further, the child will bring joy far beyond his immediate family and neighbors. This son will come to be known as John the Baptist. His ministry will set the stage for the earthly ministry of the Messiah, Jesus Christ (Luke 1:15–17; 3:2–3).
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