Luke 1:17

“And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee shall goe before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turne the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisedome of the iust, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"It is he who will go {as a forerunner} before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he shall go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient `to walk' in the wisdom of the just; to make ready for the Lord a people prepared `for him'.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he will go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, turning the hearts of fathers to their children, and wrongdoers to the way of righteousness; to make ready a people whose hearts have been turned to the Lord.
- Basic English Bible

And *he* shall go before him in [the] spirit and power of Elias, to turn hearts of fathers to children, and disobedient ones to [the] thoughts of just [men], to make ready for [the] Lord a prepared people.
- Darby Bible

And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
- Webster's Bible

and he will be His forerunner in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn fathers' hearts to the children, and cause the rebellious to walk in the wisdom of the upright, to make a people perfectly ready for the lord."
- Weymouth Bible

He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to prepare a people prepared for the Lord."
- World English Bible

and he schal go bifor hym in the spirit and the vertu of Helie; and he schal turne the hertis of the fadris in to the sones, and men out of bileue to the prudence of iust men, to make redi a perfit puple to the Lord.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he shall go before Him, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn hearts of fathers unto children, and disobedient ones to the wisdom of righteous ones, to make ready for the Lord, a people prepared.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 1:17


1:17 He shall go before him, Christ, in the power and spirit of Elijah - With the same integrity, courage, austerity, and fervour, and the same power attending his word: to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children - To reconcile those that are at variance, to put an end to the most bitter quarrels, such as are very frequently those between the nearest relations: and the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just - And the most obstinate sinners to true wisdom, which is only found among them that are righteous before God.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 1:17


Lu 1:17 In the spirit and power of Elijah. The likeness of John the Baptist to Elijah strikes us not only in his outward appearance, his clothing and way of living, but in his spirit and character as a preacher of repentance. Turn the hearts of the fathers. These are the last words of the Old Testament, there uttered by a prophet, here expounded by an angel; there concluding the law, and here beginning the gospel (Mal 4:6). To make ready a people prepared for the Lord. This was his mission, but it was only partially successful. The common people, who heard him gladly, received with gladness the Messiah; the scribes and Pharisees, who rejected the forerunner, rejected also the King.

Discussion for Luke 1:17

  • Mafusire for verse 17
    every name given had a meaning.Elijah its a name simulteneusly and a function at the same time. also Jesus means The Saviour so the spirite of Elijah is a functional spirite
  • Rev. Autrey for verse 17
    Luke 1 records, 13 But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother 's womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. This speaks of the work of John the Baptist. Notice that it referes to John 's turning the people to Jesus as turning them to the LORD THEIR GOD. And notice, too, that the angel used the words LORD and GOD to mean the same thing. This means that when the people refered to Jesus as LORD, they meant that they considered him to be God. The sense that the word LORD means GOD has been lost in today 's religious world, but this was not so in the days of John the Baptist and Jesus. What I am saying is, we must bring it back. Paul said in Romans 10 that we must confess "that Jesus is LORD OR GOD " in order to be saved. He goes on further to say that we must also believed that Jesus raised himself from the dead. And he tops it off by saying that anyone who prays to Jesus by calling on his name will be saved. Please consider this!
  • Rev. Autrey for verse 17
    Luke 1 records, 13 But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother 's womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. This speaks of the work of John the Baptist. Notice that it referes to John turning people to Jesus as turning them to the Lord their God. And notice, too, that the angel used the words LORD and GOD to mean them same thing. This means that when the people refered to Jesus as LORD, they meant that they considered him to be God. The sense that te word LORD means GOD has been lost in today 's religious world, but this was not so in the days of John the Baptist and Jesus. What I am saying is, we must bring t back. Paul said in Romans 10 that we must confess "that jesus is
  • The Spirit in Elijah and the Spirit in John the Baptist is the same Spirit that belongs in the HeaRt of believers today. God is not divided, there is one body, one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling, Jew and Gentile. Its the Spirit of Christ. In the psalms it says "In the fullness of this book, its written of me{JESUS]"
  • Michelle for verse 17
    This scripture strikes a chord in my heart as I hear the calling of the Lord upon my life. People go about in this world, often cavalierly, as if they created themselves. They put food to their mouths without giving thanks to the Sustainer of All, and continuously pat themselves on the back for a job well done, when it is by the grace of God that they were given their wherewithal to complete the task. We must give honor to God for all that He has done, for all the he has created and continues to create, and show gratitude for the smallest to the largest accomplishments in life.
  • Elder D Roberts for verse 17
    Elijah was a great beleiver,he wanted the people to no thatGod is the great one,Sinners come He will accept u who are right get it together, He wanted the people all people toplease the Lord and get the blessing from him

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