Mary sings a song of praise to God, Luke 1:46-56


Mary praised God by singing a song of praise to Him as she and Elizabeth greet each other.

The song points out eight of the characteristics of God

Miriam or Mary as we call her in English was a devout Jew living in the town of Nazareth.

How Mary and Elizabeth were relatives is unsure as Elizabeth was from the tribe of Levi and Mary was from the tribe of Judah. One of the ways was if a Levite man married a girl from Judah which often happened. Elizabeth may have been the only person that Mary could have trusted to talk to about the birth to come. The angel of the Lord hinted that Mary could talk to Elizabeth who is now six months pregnant.

One way was Elizabeth could have been Joseph’s sister. Joseph in marrying Mary if Mary had no brothers would have been adopted by Mary’s father as his son so the inheritance that was passed on to Mary so the inheritance would stay with Mary’s family. see: Zelophehad’s daughters – Numbers 36:1-12.

In Hebrew Miriam or Mary means: bitter.

Background Reading:

Mary’s Song

1:46 Then Mary said,

“My soul praises the greatness of the Lord!

47 My spirit exults in God, my Savior,

48 because he has looked favorably on his humble servant.

From now on, all generations will call me blessed,

49 because the Almighty has done great things for me.

His name is holy.

50 His mercy lasts from generation to generation

for those who fear him.

51 He displayed his mighty power with his arm.

He scattered people who were proud in mind and heart.

52 He pulled powerful rulers from their thrones

and lifted up humble people.

53 He filled hungry people with good things

and sent rich people away with nothing.

54 He helped his servant Israel,

remembering to be merciful,

55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors—

to Abraham and his descendants forever.”

56 Now Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.
Luke 1:46-56

More Information:

Mary and Joseph had other children after Mary gave birth to Jesus.
arranged marriages.

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