Luke 1:73

ESV the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
NIV the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
NASB The oath which He swore to our father Abraham,
CSB the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant that we,
NLT the covenant he swore with an oath to our ancestor Abraham.
KJV The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

What does Luke 1:73 mean?

Israel's most treasured prophecy was the promise to send a Messiah—a Savior—to defeat evil and sin once and for all (Isaiah 9:6–7). This was the ultimate end of the "oath" mentioned here, which God established with patriarchs like Abraham (Genesis 22:16–18). Each generation since had lived and died without seeing that promise entirely fulfilled (Hebrews 11:39–40), though they did see God's work in moving towards those ends (Hebrews 12:1; Exodus 6:8; 1 Kings 1:48).

Zechariah is a priest (Luke 1:5) whose wife, Elizabeth, has just given birth to a son (Luke 1:57). This child is the fulfillment of prophecies about a herald (Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1; 4:6) who would prepare people for the Messiah (Luke 1:13–17). This child will soon be known as John the Baptist (Luke 3:2–3). In another confirmation of God's promises, a young virgin has learned she will give birth to this Savior (Luke 1:31–33). Zechariah's song of praise (Luke 1:67–68) recognizes these events as further proof that all God said would happen truly will occur.
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