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.
12Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and 19fearkgripped him.
But the angelsaid to him, "20Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wifeElizabeth will bear you a son, and 21you will lgive him the nameJohn.
"You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
"For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will 22drinknowineorliquor, and he will be filled with the HolySpiritmwhile yet in his mother'swomb.
"And he will 23turnmany of the sons of Israelback to the Lord their God.
"It is he who will 24go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of 25Elijah, 26TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERSBACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to 27makeready a peopleprepared for the Lord."
18Zachariassaid to the angel, "How will I knowthis for certain? For 28I am an oldman and my wife is advanced in nyears."
The angelanswered and said to him, "I am29Gabriel, who o30stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you thisgoodnews.
"And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speakuntil the daywhenthesethingstakeplace, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their propertime."