Luke 1


Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things
Or on which there is full conviction
b accomplished among us,
just as they were handed down to us by those who c from the beginning
Lit became
were e eyewitnesses and
Or ministers
g servants of h the
I.e. gospel
it seemed fitting for me as well j having
Or followed
investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you l in consecutive order m most excellent n Theophilus;
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 Foretold

q In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named
I.e. Zechariah
Zacharias, of the s division of
Gr Abia
Abijah; and he had a wife
I.e. of priestly descent
from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
They were both v righteous in the sight of God, walking w blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in
Lit days

Now it happened that while y he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 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 upon
gripped 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 name
give 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 from
while 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 days
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 to
making 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 hidden
kept 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 Foretold

26 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 engagement
engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, bb of the
Lit house
descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was
Gr Mariam; i.e. Heb Miriam; so throughout Luke
28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings
Or woman richly blessed
favored one! The Lord
Or be
is 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 will
can this be, since I
Lit know no man
am 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 begotten
holy 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 who
she 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 slave
bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 Now
Lit in these days
at 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 me
how 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 be
believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her
Lit from
by the Lord.”

The Magnificat

46 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 slave
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 generations
upon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
51  cq He has done
Lit might
mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the
Lit thought, attitude
thoughts 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 remember
In remembrance of His mercy,
55  cw As He spoke to our fathers,
cx To Abraham and his
Lit seed
descendants forever.”

56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.

John Is Born

57 Now the time
Lit was fulfilled
had 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 of
after 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 Prophecy

67 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 in
By 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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