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

  • A disciple
    Irene (verse 4); Theophilus was the High Priest at the time Luke wrote his books; and the writings were to testify to the fulfillment of the Scriptures that he has been taught, that the LORD's Anointed had indeed come in the flesh, and that all these things are what was foretold through the Prophets, beginning with Moses' writings. It does not indicate that Theophilus was at all converted.
  • A disciple
    "..it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto you in order, most excellent Theophilus, that you might know the certainty of those things, wherein you have been instructed." Theophilus was the High Priest at the time; and it was to confirm the fulfillment of the Scriptures, to those ordained to be the Keepers of the Holy Testimony.
  • A disciple
    "Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." "..every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God" 1 Jn. 4:1-6.
  • Steve morrow
    ******* LUKE 1:37 FOR WITH GOD NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE *******JOHN 5:14 AFTERWARD JESUS FINDETH HIM IN THE TEMPLE AND SAID UNTO HIM --- BEHOLD THOU ART MADE WHOLE SIN NO MORE LEST A WORSE THING COME UNTO THEE --- JOHN 8:11 SHE SAID NO MAN MY LORD AND JESUS SAID UNTO HER NEITHER DO I CONDEMN THEE --- GO AND SIN NO MORE ---
  • Irene123
    V. 3 - " ..... most excellent Theophulis; v.4 - "That thou mightiest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed." "excellent" sounds like perhaps he was someone of the Temple, but Luke does not say, so neither can we state it as fact. But, he was a convert to Christianity of Luke's, We can know that much as per Luke's words to him. cont.
  • Irene123
    V. 36 - the angel Gabriel told Mary of Elisabeth's pregnancy. When you think on it, it seems 'odd' because now everybody concerned knows as soon as the couple knows. But then you think of the distance between Mary and Elis. and also their lives were just the same ol' same ol'; AND Elis. was 'old' so ...............

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