Introduction

1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilleda among us,

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      2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
      3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,

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      4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

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      The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

      5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.

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      6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly.
      7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.
      8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,

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      9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
      10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

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      11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.

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