Luke 1:23-33 (New International Version)

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23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 "The Lord has done this for me," she said. "In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace1 among the people."

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel2 to Nazareth,3 a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph,4 a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid,5 Mary, you have found favor with God.6 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.7 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.8 The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,9 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom10 will never end."11
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