Luke 1:51

“He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee hath shewed strength with his arme, he hath scattered the proud, in the imagination of their hearts.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered {those who were} proud in the thoughts of their heart.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He hath showed strength with his arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.
- American Standard Version (1901)

With his arm he has done acts of power; he has put to flight those who have pride in their hearts.
- Basic English Bible

He has wrought strength with his arm; he has scattered haughty [ones] in the thought of their heart.
- Darby Bible

He hath shown strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
- Webster's Bible

He has manifested His supreme strength. He has scattered those who were haughty in the thoughts of their hearts.
- Weymouth Bible

He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
- World English Bible

He made myyt in his arme, he scaterede proude men with the thouyte of his herte.
- Wycliffe Bible

He did powerfully with His arm, He scattered abroad the proud in the thought of their heart,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 1:51

1:51 He hath wrought strength with his arm - That is, he hath shown the exceeding greatness of his power. She speaks prophetically of those things as already done, which God was about to do by the Messiah. He hath scattered the proud - Visible and invisible.

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.
  • 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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