Elizabeth (biblical figure)

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Mariotto Albertinelli's imagining of Elizabeth (right), here pictured with Mary

Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist (circa. 1st century BC) was the mother of John the Baptist and the wife of Zechariah, according to the Gospel of Luke.

Quotes[edit]

  • But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.
  • After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”
  • When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
  • And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
    And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
    For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
    For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
    And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
    He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
    He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
    He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
    He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
    As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

In Islam[edit]

  • So We listened to him: and We granted him John: We cured his wife's (Barrenness) for him. These (three) were ever quick in emulation in good works; they used to call on Us with love and reverence, and humble themselves before Us.
    • Qur'an: Al-Anbiya, verse 90, In Qur'an, God speaks of Zachariah, his wife and John describes the three as being humble servants of the LORD.

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