Introduction1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things ▼
▼ Or on which there is full conviction, b accomplished among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who c from the beginning ▼
▼ Lit becamewere e eyewitnesses and ▼
▼ Or ministers, g servants of h the ▼
▼ I.e. gospelword, 3 it seemed fitting for me as well j having ▼
▼ Or followedinvestigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you l in consecutive order m most excellent n Theophilus; 4 so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been ▼
▼ Or orally instructed in, p taught.
Birth of John the Baptist Foretold5 q In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named ▼
▼ I.e. ZechariahZacharias, of the s division of ▼
▼ Gr AbiaAbijah; and he had a wife ▼
▼ I.e. of priestly descentfrom the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both v righteous in the sight of God, walking w blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in ▼
▼ Lit daysyears. 8 Now it happened that while y he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot z to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer aa outside at the hour of the incense offering. 11 And ab an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and ac fear ▼
▼ Or fell upongripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, ae “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and af you will ▼
▼ Lit call his namegive him the name John. 14 “You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 “For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will ah drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit ▼
▼ Lit fromwhile yet in his mother’s womb. 16 “And he will aj turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 “It is he who will ak go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of al Elijah, am to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to an make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 18 Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For ao I am an old man and my wife is advanced in ▼
▼ Lit daysyears.” 19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am aq Gabriel, who ▼
▼ Lit stand beside, as stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 “And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.” 21 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he at kept ▼
▼ Or beckoning to or nodding tomaking signs to them, and remained mute. 23 When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home. 24 After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she ▼
▼ Lit was hiddenkept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, 25 “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to aw take away my disgrace among men.”
Jesus’ Birth Foretold26 Now in the sixth month the angel ax Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called ay Nazareth, 27 to az a virgin ▼
▼ Or betrothed; i.e. the first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night. More legal than engagementengaged to a man whose name was Joseph, bb of the ▼
▼ Lit housedescendants of David; and the virgin’s name was ▼
▼ Gr Mariam; i.e. Heb Miriam; so throughout LukeMary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings ▼
▼ Or woman richly blessedfavored one! The Lord ▼
▼ Or beis with you.” 29 But she bg was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, bh “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you bi shall name Him Jesus. 32 “He will be great and will be called the Son of bj the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him bk the throne of His father David; 33 bl and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever bm and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How ▼
▼ Lit willcan this be, since I ▼
▼ Lit know no manam a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, bp “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of bq the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason br the ▼
▼ Lit the holy thing begottenholy Child shall be called bt the Son of God. 36 “And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and ▼
▼ Lit this is the sixth month to her whoshe who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 “For ▼
▼ Lit not any word, bw nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, the ▼
▼ I.e. female slavebondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Mary Visits Elizabeth39 Now ▼
▼ Lit in these daysat this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to bz the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was ca filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 “And ▼
▼ Lit from where this to mehow has it happened to me, that the mother of cc my Lord would come to me? 44 “For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. 45 “And cd blessed is she who ▼
▼ Or believed, because there will bebelieved that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her ▼
▼ Lit fromby the Lord.”
The Magnificat46 And Mary said: cg “My soul ▼
▼ Lit makes great, ci exalts the Lord,
47 And cj my spirit has rejoiced in ck God my Savior.
48 “For cl He has had regard for the humble state of His ▼
▼ I.e. female slavebondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me cn blessed.
49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
50 co “And His mercy is ▼
▼ Lit unto generations and generationsupon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
51 cq “He has done ▼
▼ Lit mightmighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the ▼
▼ Lit thought, attitudethoughts of their heart.
52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has ct exalted those who were humble.
53 cu “He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 “He has given help to Israel His servant,
▼ Lit So as to rememberIn remembrance of His mercy,
55 cw As He spoke to our fathers,
cx To Abraham and his ▼
▼ Lit seeddescendants forever.”
56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.
John Is Born57 Now the time ▼
▼ Lit was fulfilledhad come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had ▼
▼ Lit magnified, db displayed His great mercy toward her; and they were rejoicing with her. 59 And it happened that on dc the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias ▼
▼ Lit after the name ofafter his father. 60 But his mother answered and said, “No indeed; but de he shall be called John.” 61 And they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.” 62 And they df made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called. 63 And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows dg “His name is John.” And they were all astonished. 64 dh And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God. 65 Fear came on all those living around them; and all these matters were being talked about in all di the hill country of Judea. 66 All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, “What then will this child turn out to be?” For dj the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.
Zacharias’s Prophecy67 And his father Zacharias dk was filled with the Holy Spirit, and dl prophesied, saying: 68 dm “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished dn redemption for His people,
69 And has raised up a do horn of salvation for us
In the house of David dp His servant—
70 dq As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets dr from of old—
▼ Or Deliverance, dt Salvation du from our enemies,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
72 dv To show mercy toward our fathers,
dw And to remember His holy covenant,
73 dx The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
75 dy In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
76 “And you, child, will be called the dz prophet of ea the Most High;
For you will go on eb before the Lord to ec prepare His ways;
77 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
▼ Or Consisting inBy ee the forgiveness of their sins,
78 Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which ef the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
79 eg To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the eh way of peace.”
80 ei And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
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