Luke 1:3-13 NIV

3 Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account1 for you, most excellent2 Theophilus,3

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

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The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

5 In the time of Herod king of Judea5 there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah;6 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.7

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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,8

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9 he was chosen by lot,9 according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.10

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10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.11

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11 Then an angel12 of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.13

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12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.14

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13 But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid,15 Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.16

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