1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things a1accomplished among us,
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2 just as they were handed down to us by those who 2from the beginning bwere 3eyewitnesses and c4servants of 5the dword,
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3 it seemed fitting for me as well, 6having einvestigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you 7in consecutive order, 8most excellent 9Theophilus;
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4 so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been f10taught.
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Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

5 11In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named gZacharias, of the 12division of hAbijah; and he had a wife ifrom the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
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    • g 1:5 - I.e. Zechariah
    • h 1:5 - Gr "Abia"
    • i 1:5 - I.e. of priestly descent
      7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in jyears.
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        • j 1:7 - Lit "days"
          8 Now it happened that while 15he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division,
          9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot 16to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
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          10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer 17outside at the hour of the incense offering.
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          11 And 18an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.
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          12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and 19fear kgripped him.
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            • k 1:12 - Or "fell upon"
              13 But the angel said to him, "20Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and 21you will lgive him the name John.
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              14 "You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
              15 "For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will 22drink no * wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit mwhile yet in his mother's womb.
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              16 "And he will 23turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God.
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              17 "It is he who will 24go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of 25Elijah, 26TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to 27make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
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              18 Zacharias said to the angel, "How * will I know this for certain? For 28I am an old man and my wife is advanced in nyears."
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              19 The angel answered and said to him, "I am 29Gabriel, who o30stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.
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              20 "And behold, you shall be silent and unable * to speak until the day when these things take place, because * you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time."