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Luke 1:6

ESV And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.
NIV Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commands and decrees blamelessly.
NASB They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.
CSB Both were righteous in God's sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord.
NLT Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations.
KJV And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

What does Luke 1:6 mean?

Zechariah and Elizabeth are an older, childless married couple (Luke 1:7). Both are descendants of Aaron, and Zechariah is a priest whose family is part of the "division" of Abijah (Luke 1:5; 1 Chronicles 24:10). Each of the 24 divisions would rotate in priestly duties within the temple during the year. Luke emphasizes these two are God-fearing, righteous people; their lack of children is not a punishment for their sin or mistakes (John 9:1–3).

The term "blameless," as used here, does not imply being entirely sinless. It's not a suggestion that Elizabeth and Zechariah are morally perfect—it means there is nothing in their lives which others can criticize. To be "blameless" is very much the same as to lack a "blemish." This is reference to one's reputation and general character. Zechariah and Elizabeth are well-known and well-respected for their obedience to God.

Soon, God will send an angel to Zechariah, delivering news which is both encouraging and difficult to believe (Luke 1:11–13).
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