Luke 1:5-15 NIV

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.

References for Luke 1:5

6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly.

References for Luke 1:6

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,

References for Luke 1:8

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

References for Luke 1:9

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

References for Luke 1:10

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

References for Luke 1:11

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

References for Luke 1:12

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

References for Luke 1:13

      14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,

      References for Luke 1:14

          15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.

          References for Luke 1:15