Will be called
Of the Most High!
You will go
Before the Lord
Καὶ σὺ δέ, παιδίον, προφήτης Ὑψίστου κληθήσῃ· προπορεύσῃ γὰρ ἐνώπιον Κυρίου ἑτοιμάσαι ὁδοὺς αὐτοῦ,
Finally, Zechariah, via Luke in this canticle, turned to his child John. He said to him (Καὶ σὺ δέ, παιδίον) that he would be called the prophet of the Most High (προφήτης Ὑψίστου κληθήσῃ). He would go before or precede the Lord (προπορεύσῃ γὰρ ἐνώπιον Κυρίου) to prepare his ways (ἑτοιμάσαι ὁδοὺς αὐτοῦ). The term Most High was an attempt to translate the Hebrew word for God “Elohim.” There was no Greek word equivalent for Yahweh, so that the tendency was to use the word “Lord” or “Κυρίου.” Notice that Jesus was going to be the Son of the Most High, while John was going to be the prophet of the Most High. John was to prepare the ways for the Lord, as in Isaiah, chapters 40:3 and 57:14.