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
so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.4
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.
Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly.7
But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.