Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

5 1In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named aZacharias, of the 2division of bAbijah; and he had a wife cfrom the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
References for Luke 1:5
    • 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 dyears.
      References for Luke 1:7
        • j 1:7 - Lit "days"
          8 Now it happened that while 5he 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 6to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
          References for Luke 1:9
          10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer 7outside at the hour of the incense offering.
          References for Luke 1:10
          11 And 8an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.
          References for Luke 1:11
          12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and 9fear egripped him.
          References for Luke 1:12
            • k 1:12 - Or "fell upon"
              13 But the angel said to him, "10Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and 11you will fgive him the name John.
              References for Luke 1:13
              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 12drink no * wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit gwhile yet in his mother's womb.
              References for Luke 1:15
              16 "And he will 13turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God.
              References for Luke 1:16
              17 "It is he who will 14go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of 15Elijah, 16TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to 17make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
              References for Luke 1:17
              18 Zacharias said to the angel, "How * will I know this for certain? For 18I am an old man and my wife is advanced in hyears."
              References for Luke 1:18
              19 The angel answered and said to him, "I am 19Gabriel, who i20stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.
              References for Luke 1:19
              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."
              21 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.
              22 But when he came out, he was unable * to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he 21kept jmaking signs to them, and remained mute.
              References for Luke 1:22
                • p 1:22 - Or "beckoning to" or "nodding to"
                  23 When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.
                  24 After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she kkept herself in seclusion for five months, saying,
                  References for Luke 1:24
                    • q 1:24 - Lit "was hidden"
                      25 "This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to 22take away my disgrace among men."
                      References for Luke 1:25

                      Jesus' Birth Foretold

                      26 Now in the sixth month the angel 23Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called 24Nazareth,
                      References for Luke 1:26
                      27 to 25a virgin lengaged to a man whose name was Joseph, 26of the mdescendants of David; and the virgin's name was nMary.
                      References for Luke 1:27
                        • r 1:27 - Or "betrothed;" i.e. the first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night. More legal than engagement
                        • s 1:27 - Lit "house"
                        • t 1:27 - Gr "Mariam;" i.e. Heb Miriam; so throughout Luke
                          28 And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, ofavored one! The Lord pis with you."
                          References for Luke 1:28
                            • u 1:28 - Or "woman richly blessed"
                            • v 1:28 - Or "be"
                              29 But she 27was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.
                              References for Luke 1:29
                              30 The angel said to her, "28Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.
                              References for Luke 1:30
                              31 "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you 29shall name Him Jesus.
                              References for Luke 1:31
                              32 "He will be great and will be called the Son of 30the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him 31the throne of His father David;
                              33 32and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, 33and His kingdom will have no end."
                              34 Mary said to the angel, "How qcan this be, since I ram a virgin * *?"
                              References for Luke 1:34
                                • w 1:34 - Lit "will"
                                • x 1:34 - Lit "know no man"
                                  35 The angel answered and said to her, "34The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of 35the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason 36the sholy Child shall be called 37the Son of God.
                                  References for Luke 1:35
                                  36 "And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and tshe who was called barren is now in her sixth month.
                                  References for Luke 1:36
                                    • z 1:36 - Lit "this is the sixth month to her who"
                                      37 "For u38nothing * * will be impossible with God."
                                      References for Luke 1:37
                                      38 And Mary said, "Behold, the vbondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
                                      References for Luke 1:38
                                        • | 1:38 - I.e. female slave

                                          Mary Visits Elizabeth

                                          39 Now wat this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to 39the hill country, to a city of Judah,
                                          References for Luke 1:39
                                          40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
                                          41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was 40filled with the Holy Spirit.
                                          References for Luke 1:41
                                          42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
                                          43 "And xhow has it happened to me, that the mother of 41my Lord would come to me?
                                          References for Luke 1:43
                                            • ~ 1:43 - Lit "from where this to me"
                                              44 "For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.
                                              45 "And 42blessed is she who ybelieved that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her zby the Lord."
                                              References for Luke 1:45
                                                •  1:45 - Or "believed, because there will be"
                                                • € 1:45 - Lit "from"

                                                  The Magnificat

                                                  46 And Mary said: "43My soul {44exalts the Lord,
                                                  References for Luke 1:46
                                                  48 "For 47He has had regard for the humble state of His |bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me 48blessed.
                                                  References for Luke 1:48
                                                    • ‚ 1:48 - I.e. female slave
                                                      49 "For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name.
                                                      50 "49AND HIS MERCY IS }UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.
                                                      References for Luke 1:50
                                                        • ƒ 1:50 - Lit "unto generations and generations"
                                                          51 "50He has done ~mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
                                                          References for Luke 1:51
                                                            • „ 1:51 - Lit "might"
                                                            • … 1:51 - Lit "thought, attitude"
                                                              52 "He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has 51exalted those who were humble.
                                                              References for Luke 1:52
                                                              53 "52HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed.
                                                              References for Luke 1:53
                                                              54 "He has given help to Israel His servant, €In remembrance of His mercy,
                                                              References for Luke 1:54
                                                                • † 1:54 - Lit "So as to remember"
                                                                  55 53As He spoke to our fathers, 54To Abraham and his descendants forever."
                                                                  References for Luke 1:55
                                                                  56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.