Introduction

1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilleda among us,
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    • a 1:1 - Or "been surely believed"
      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.