Luke 1:21

“And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the people waited for Zacharias, and maruelled that hee taried so long in the temple.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marvelled while he tarried in the temple.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the people were waiting for Zacharias and were surprised because he was in the Temple for such a long time.
- Basic English Bible

And the people were awaiting Zacharias, and they wondered at his delaying in the temple.
- Darby Bible

And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he tarried so long in the temple.
- Webster's Bible

Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah, and were surprised that he stayed so long in the Sanctuary.
- Weymouth Bible

The people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marveled that he delayed in the temple.
- World English Bible

And the puple was abidynge Zacarie, and thei wondriden, that he tariede in the temple.
- Wycliffe Bible

And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and wondering at his tarrying in the sanctuary,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 1:21


1:21 The people were waiting - For him to come and dismiss them (as usual) with the blessing.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 1:21


Lu 1:21 The people waited for Zacharias. Those who were praying without waited until the incense offering priest came out and dismissed them with a benediction.

Discussion for Luke 1

  • Matt
    Elizabeth and Mary were cousins, meaning their mothers were sisters (and daughters/ descendants of Aaron). Zacharias was a Levitical priest. Mary's father, Heli, was of Judah: a Judahite. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, is of the tribe of Levi and Judah: Lord of Lords (Priest Line/ Levi) and King of Kings (King Line/ Judah).
  • BSP
    In verses 6 and 7 Elizabeth was barren, but this doesn't mean she didn't have God's favor because in verse 6 she is described as righteous. Unfortunate circumstances happen to good people sometimes.
  • MsBsue
    Luke has a remarkable way of telling us the many ways that our God can do amazing and miraculous things. Our faith can only strengthen when we believe in Him.
  • Allison Melton
    Very power scripture, I have been encouraged by my Pastor who preach his sermon today from Luke Chapter 1-20 Revive Me. Awesome message
  • Carol ross
    I have been so blessed by Luke 1. It has brought to me unspeakable joy. Deep in my soul I have such a peace knowing that the God I serve is able today, just as yesterday. I truly pray you receive joy and a peace from this scripture. Knowing my g o d in such a personal way. God truly bless you today.
  • Geraldine Cole
    Praise The Lord Jesus.

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