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Luke 1:1-8 (New International Version)

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Introduction

1:1-4Ref -- Ac 1:1

1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilleda among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first1 were eyewitnesses2 and servants of the word.3 3 Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account4 for you, most excellent5 Theophilus,6 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.7

The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

5 In the time of Herod king of Judea8 there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah;9 his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly.10 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years. 8 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,11
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