Luke 1:9

“According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

According to the custome of the Priests office, his lot was to burne incense when he went into the Temple of the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And as was the way of the priests, he had to go into the Temple to see to the burning of perfumes.
- Basic English Bible

it fell to him by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter into the temple of the Lord to burn incense.
- Darby Bible

According to the custom of the priests' office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
- Webster's Bible

it fell to his lot--according to the custom of the priesthood--to go into the Sanctuary of the Lord and burn the incense;
- Weymouth Bible

according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
- World English Bible

aftir the custome of the preesthod, he wente forth bi lot, and entride in to the temple, to encense.
- Wycliffe Bible

according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot was to make perfume, having gone into the sanctuary of the Lord,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Luke 1:9


Lu 1:9 His lot. In the service of the sanctuary nothing was left to accident or to human arrangement. The "lot" determined who was to perform each separate portion of the sacred service, and especially who was each morning and evening to burn incense before the Lord. To burn incense. Burned on the altar of incense in the Holy Place morning and evening. To burn the incense was an office held so honorable that no one was allowed to perform it twice, since it brought the offering priest nearer the divine presence in the Holy of Holies than any other priestly act, and carried with it the richest blessing from on high, which all ought to have a chance of thus obtaining.

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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