For my friends on this Christmas Eve, here is a fresh translation of the Song of Mary (Luke 1:46-55) I just now did. Merry Christmas to you all!
And Mary said:
My soul glorifies the Lord
And my spirit exults in God, my Savior!
For He has looked with favor upon the lowly state of his slave girl.
For behold! In time to come all ages shall call me blessed.
For the Almighty has done great things for me;
Holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
from generation to generation.
He has displayed might with His arm,
He has scattered those who in their hearts think themselves preeminent.
He has deposed rulers from their thrones,
And exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
But the rich He has sent away empty.
He has taken His son Israel by the hand
Remembering His mercy,
Just as He promised our fathers
For Abraham and his descendants forever!