Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentLuke 1:45
- For (oti).
- It is not certain whether oti here is "that" or "because." It makes good sense either way. See also 7:16. This is the first beatitude in the New Testament and it is similar to the last one in the Gospels spoken to Thomas to discourage his doubt (John 20:29). Elisabeth wishes Mary to have full faith in the prophecy of the angel. This song of Elisabeth is as real poetry as is that of Mary (1:47-55) and Zacharias (1:68-70). All three spoke under the power of the Holy Spirit. These are the first New Testament hymns and they are very beautiful. Plummer notes four strophes in Mary's Magnificat (46-48,49,50,51-53,54,55). Every idea here occurs in the Old Testament, showing that Mary's mind was full of the spiritual message of God's word.