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Luke 1:78

ESV because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
NIV because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
NASB Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
CSB Because of our God's merciful compassion, the dawn from on high will visit us
NLT Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
KJV Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

What does Luke 1:78 mean?

The father of John the Baptist (Luke 3:2–3) is celebrating God's fulfillment of prophecy (Luke 1:67–68). Old Testament prophets promised a herald to announce the coming of the Messiah (Isaiah 40:3). As Zechariah speaks, that prediction is coming true in the birth of John (Luke 1:14–17, 57). Prior verses explicitly pointed out that John's role was to be an announcer of sorts for the Promised One (Luke 1:76–77). That Promised One, the "Most High," is Jesus (Luke 1:31–33). John's ministry of preaching repentance and baptism (Matthew 3:1–5) will set the stage for Jesus' work in offering salvation to all who believe (John 3:16–17; Philippians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

Malachi was the last prophet of the Old Testament. His message included more details about the person who would announce the ministry of the Christ (Malachi 3:1; 4:6). Part of Malachi's prophecy included references to sunrise (Malachi 4:2). The imagery of the sun, rising over the horizon to touch earth with light and warmth, symbolizes the arrival of the Savior (John 1:9). John the Baptist is not that Light (John 1:6–8), but he clearly draws people's attention to Jesus (John 1:19–23).
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