The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Gospel of Luke

Chapter 1, Verses 68-79

King James Version

Luke 1:68-79 (KJV)

The Canticle of Zacharias, or, The Benedictus

Lu 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

Lu 1:69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

Lu 1:70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

Lu 1:71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

Lu 1:72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

Lu 1:73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

Lu 1:74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

Lu 1:75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

Lu 1:76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

Lu 1:77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,

Lu 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

Lu 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Source: Project Gutenberg, URL: http://www.gutenberg.org/. Site last accessed on July 23, 2006.

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