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

  • A disciple
    "And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years." Difficulties and sorrows and being deprived of the natural comforts and good things of this life, did not keep Zechariah and Elizabeth from loving the LORD and walking faithfully with Him; and they found out one day, how God had a special plan for them: to be the parents of John the Baptist!
  • A disciple
    "And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless." God has given us commandments and statutes for living good and holy before Him. The reason He gave us commandments, is for us to do them, that we may live and be blessed. We have all heard the devil's lies, saying that "no one can keep the commandments;" this is to get us to sin!
  • A disciple
    "...most excellent Theophilus," I found out, by reading in Josephus, that Theophilus was the High Priest at the time Luke wrote his books about Jesus coming in the flesh, and the subsequent divine workings begun upon the Disciples after His ascension and glory. The sons of Aaron were charged with keeping of the Holy Things of God for Israel; and it was necessary to give them the Completed Witness.
  • A disciple
    "Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;" When we are really saved and have the Spirit of Christ; then we are made His witnesses by having been exercised in His grace through experience and proving.
  • FINDLAY
    I WAS TRULY BLESS BY YR WORD TODAY.
  • 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.

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