1Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the thingsa1accomplishedamong us,
2just as they were handeddown to us by those who 2from the beginningbwere 3eyewitnesses and c4servants of 5the dword,
it seemedfitting for me as well, 6having einvestigatedeverythingcarefully from the beginning, to write it out for you 7in consecutiveorder, 8mostexcellent9Theophilus;
4so that you may know the exacttruthabout the things you have been f10taught.
511In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priestnamedgZacharias, of the 12division of hAbijah; and he had a wifeifrom the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
They were both13righteous in the sight of God, walking14blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.
But they hadnochild, becauseElizabeth was barren, and they were bothadvanced in jyears.
8Now it happened that while15he was performing his priestlyservicebeforeGod in the appointed order of his division,
9according to the custom of the priestlyoffice, he was chosen by lot16to enter the temple of the Lord and burnincense.
And the wholemultitude of the people were in prayer17outside at the hour of the incense offering.
And 18an angel of the Lordappeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.