Psalm 51:15

Hebrew Bible

14 Rescue me from the guilt of murder, O God, the God who delivers me. Then my tongue will shout for joy because of your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips. Then my mouth will praise you. 16 Certainly you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it; you do not desire a burnt sacrifice. 17 The sacrifice God desires is a humble spirit—O God, a humble and repentant heart you will not reject.

Luke 1:64

New Testament

62 So they made signs to the baby’s father, inquiring what he wanted to name his son. 63 He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they were all amazed. 64 Immediately Zechariah’s mouth was opened and his tongue released, and he spoke, blessing God. 65 All their neighbors were filled with fear, and throughout the entire hill country of Judea all these things were talked about. 66 All who heard these things kept them in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the Lord’s hand was indeed with him.

 Notes and References

"... Both the Greek and Latin texts render the first verb in the active (“and he arose”), which emphasizes the child’s capacity to act alone from the start. In place of the Ethiopic “and spoke”, the Greek has “and blessed” (which is supported by the double rendering in the Lat.). The Greek version has perhaps influenced the description of Melchizedek just after his miraculous birth in 2 Enoch 71:18 (recensions A and J): “he spoke with his lips and blessed the Lord” (as in the present text, the verbs of praising are active). As it stands, the second half of the lemma – so also the text in 106:11 – is an allusion to Psalm 51:15: “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise”. The cultic context of the psalmic text (compare Psalm 51:16–19) is carries over into priestly overtones in later passages which allude to it; see especially 4Q418 81.1 (“he has opened my lips as a source to bless the holy ones”) and Luke 1:64 (“his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God”). Similarly, in the passage just cited from 2 Enoch 71, the speech of the newborn Melchizedek is followed by the identification of him as a priest (verses 19–22). Priestly overtones for Noah are less prominent in Birth of Noah, though not entirely absent, as the comparison between the child and “the angels of heaven” may imply (1 Enoch 106:5, 6, 12) ..."

Stuckenbruck, Loren T. 1 Enoch 91-108 (p. 629) De Gruyter, 2007

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