Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentLuke 1:21
- Were waiting (hn prosdokwn).
- Periphrastic imperfect again. An old Greek verb for expecting. Appears in papyri and inscriptions. It denotes mental direction whether hope or fear.
- They marvelled (etaumazon).
- Imperfect tense, were wondering. The Talmud says that the priest remained only a brief time in the sanctuary.
- While he tarried (en twi xronizein).
- See verse 8 for the same idiom.