Luke 1:2-12 NIV

2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first1 were eyewitnesses2 and servants of the word.3

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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

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4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.7

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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.

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6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly.10

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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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9 he was chosen by lot,12 according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.13

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10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.14

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11 Then an angel15 of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.16

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12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.17

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