Luke 1:1-11 CSB

The Dedication to Theophilus

1 Many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilleda among us,

References for Luke 1:1

    • a 1:1 - Or events that have been accomplished, or events most surely believed
      2 just as the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us.
      3 It also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in orderly sequence, most honorable Theophilus,
      4 so that you may know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed.b

      References for Luke 1:4

        • b 1:4 - Or informed

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          5 In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest of Abijah's divisionc named Zechariah. His wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

          References for Luke 1:5

            • c 1:5 - One of the 24 divisions of priests appointed by David for temple service; 1 Ch 24:10
              6 Both were righteous in God's sight, living without blame according to all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.
              7 But they had no childrend because Elizabeth could not conceive,e and both of them were well along in years.f

              References for Luke 1:7

                • d 1:7 - Lit child
                • e 1:7 - Lit Elizabeth was sterile or barren
                • f 1:7 - Lit in their days
                  8 When his division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,
                  9 it happened that he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense.
                  10 At the hour of incense the whole assembly of the people was praying outside.
                  11 An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.