Chapter 5: Mary visits Elisabeth

1 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; 2 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

3 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe recoiled in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with a deep fear of what she wrought: 4 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 5 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my death should come to me? 6 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe curled in my womb for fear. 7 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

8 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 9 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 10 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 11 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 12 And his mercy is on them that fear those risen from generation to degeneration. 13 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the fears in the imagination of the weak. 14 He hath put down mightily those that were exalted from their low degree. 15 He hath filled the hungry with blessed sleep; and their bellies he hath sent empty away. 16 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 17 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for the whole of their first life.

18 And Mary abode with her about three hours, and returned to her own house.