“And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.”
King James Version (KJV)
1:12 Zacharias was troubled - Although he was accustomed to converse with God, yet we see he was thrown into a great consternation, at the appearance of his angelical messenger, nature not being able to sustain the sight. Is it not then an instance of the goodness is well as of the wisdom of God, that the services, which these heavenly spirits render us, are generally invisible?
1:13 Thy prayer is heard - Let us observe with pleasure, that the prayers of pious worshippers come up with acceptance before God; to whom no costly perfume is so sweet, as the fragrancy of an upright heart. An answer of peace was here returned, when the case seemed to be most helpless. Let us wait patiently for the Lord, and leave to his own wisdom the time and manner wherein he will appear for us. Thou shalt call his name John - John signifies the grace or favour of Jehovah. A name well suiting the person, who was afterward so highly in favour with God, and endued with abundance of grace; and who opened a way to the most glorious dispensation of grace in the Messiah's kingdom. And so Zacharias's former prayers for a child, and the prayer which he, as the representative of the people, was probably offering at this very time, for the appearing of the Messiah, were remarkably answered in the birth of his forerunner.
1:15 He shall be great before the Lord - God the Father: of the Holy Ghost and the Son of God mention is made immediately after. And shall drink neither wine nor strong drink - Shall be exemplary for abstemiousness and self - denial; and so much the more filled with the Holy Ghost.
1:16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn - None therefore need be ashamed of preaching like John the Baptist. To the Lord their God - To Christ.
And thou shalt haue ioy and gladnesse, and many shall reioyce at his birth:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
"You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
- American Standard Version (1901)
And you will be glad and have great delight; and numbers of people will have joy at his birth.
- Basic English Bible
And he shall be to thee joy and rejoicing, and many shall rejoice at his birth.
- Darby Bible
And thou shalt have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice at his birth.
- Webster's Bible
Gladness and exultant joy shall be yours, and many will rejoice over his birth.
- Weymouth Bible
You will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth.
- World English Bible
And ioye and gladyng schal be to thee; and many schulen `haue ioye in his natyuyte.
- Wycliffe Bible
and there shall be joy to thee, and gladness, and many at his birth shall joy,
- Youngs Literal Bible