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With God nothing shall be impossible.

Announcing to Mary that she is to be the Savior’s mother, the angel Gabriel echoes Hebrew Scripture. God had asked Abraham, “Is any thing too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14, citation 9). And Jeremiah affirmed, “Ah, Lord God! . . . There is nothing too hard for thee” (Jeremiah 32:17, Responsive Reading). Later, Christ Jesus tells his disciples, “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: . . . The Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his name, great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah writes these words while imprisoned by Zedekiah, king of Judah, for prophesying the fall of Judah to Babylon (see vv. 2, 3). This prayer follows the prophet’s God-directed purchase of land in his hometown of Anathoth (see vv. 6–15)—an unmistakable demonstration of his confidence in God’s delivery of His people from exile.

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Resources cited in this issue

RR: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 4, Ezra, Nehemiah, Introduction to Prophetic Literature, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Baruch, Letter of Jeremiah, Lamentations. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015; Jamieson, Robert, Andrew Robert Fausset, and David Brown. A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments. 2 vols. Hartford, CT: S.S. Scranton, 1871. Also available at

Cit. 1: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 5, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57.

Cit. 5: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 3, Introduction to Hebrew Poetry, Job, Psalms, Introduction to Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015

Cit. 10: The King James Study Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2017; Albright, William Foxwell, David Noel Freedman, et al., eds. The Anchor Bible. Vol. 36, Hebrews. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1964–2006.

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