Luke 1:1-6 LEB

The Preface to Luke’s Gospel

1 Since many have attempted to compile an account concerning the events that have been fulfilled among us,

References for Luke 1:1

      2 just as those who were eyewitnesses and servants of the word from the beginning passed on to us,
      3 it seemed best to me also--[because I]a have followed all [things] carefully from the beginning--to write [them]b down in orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus,

      References for Luke 1:3

        • a 1:3 - *Here "[because]" is supplied as a component of the participle ("have followed") which is understood as causal
        • b 1:3 - *Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation
          4 so that you may know the certainty concerning the things about which you were taught.

          The Prediction of John the Baptist’s Birth

          5 It happened that in the days of Herod, king of Judea, [there was] a certain priest, Zechariah by name, of the division of Abijah. And {he had a wife}c from the daughters of Aaron, and her name [was] Elizabeth.

          References for Luke 1:5

            • c 1:5 - Literally "a wife to him"
              6 And they were both righteous in the sight of God, living blamelessly in all the commandments and regulations of the Lord.