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1 As a number of attempts have been made to put together in order an account of those events which took place among us, 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,
2 As they were handed down to us by those who saw them from the first and were preachers of the word, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
3 It seemed good to me, having made observation, with great care, of the direction of events in their order, to put the facts in writing for you, most noble Theophilus; 3 Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,
4 So that you might have certain knowledge of those things about which you were given teaching. 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
5 In the days of Herod, king of Judaea, there was a certain priest, by name Zacharias, of the order of Abijah; and he had a wife of the family of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 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.
6 They were upright in the eyes of God, keeping all the rules and orders of God, and doing no wrong. 6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly.
7 And they were without children, because Elisabeth had never given birth, and they were at that time very old. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.
8 Now it came about that in his turn he was acting as priest before God, 8 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,
9 And as was the way of the priests, he had to go into the Temple to see to the burning of perfumes. 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
10 And all the people were offering prayers outside, at the time of the burning of perfumes. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
11 And he saw an angel of the Lord in his place on the right side of the altar. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear came on him. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.
13 But the angel said, Have no fear, Zacharias, for your prayer has come to the ears of God, and your wife Elisabeth will have a son, and his name will be John. 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 give him the name John.
14 And you will be glad and have great delight; and numbers of people will have joy at his birth. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,
15 For he will be great in the eyes of the Lord; he will not take wine or strong drink; and he will be full of the Spirit of God from his birth. 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 from birth.
16 And through him great numbers of the children of Israel will be turned to the Lord their God. 16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.
17 And he will go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, turning the hearts of fathers to their children, and wrongdoers to the way of righteousness; to make ready a people whose hearts have been turned to the Lord. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous--to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
18 And Zacharias said to the angel, How may I be certain of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is far on in years. 18 Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years."
19 And the angel, answering, said, I am Gabriel, whose place is before God; I have been sent to say these words to you and to give you this good news. 19 The angel answered, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.
20 Now, see, you will be without voice or language till the day when these things come about, because you had not faith in my words, which will have effect at the right time. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time."
21 And the people were waiting for Zacharias and were surprised because he was in the Temple for such a long time. 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.
22 And when he came out he was not able to say anything, and they saw that he had seen a vision in the Temple; and he was making signs to them without words. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.
23 And when the days of his work in the Temple were ended, he went back to his house. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
24 After that time, Elisabeth, being certain that she was to become a mother, kept herself from men's eyes for five months, saying, 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
25 The Lord has done this to me, for his eyes were on me, to take away my shame in the eyes of men. 25 "The Lord has done this for me," she said. "In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people."
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town in Galilee, named Nazareth, 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
27 To a virgin who was to be married to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary. 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in to her and said, Peace be with you, to whom special grace has been given; the Lord is with you. 28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
29 But she was greatly troubled at his words, and said to herself, What may be the purpose of these words? 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 And the angel said to her, Have no fear, Mary, for you have God's approval. 30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
31 And see, you will give birth to a son, and his name will be Jesus. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
32 He will be great, and will be named the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his father: 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
33 He will have rule over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
34 And Mary said to the angel, How may this be, because I have had no knowledge of a man? 34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
35 And the angel in answer said to her, The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will come to rest on you, and so that which will come to birth will be named holy, Son of God. 35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
36 Even now Elisabeth, who is of your family, is to be a mother, though she is old: and this is the sixth month with her who was without children. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.
37 For there is nothing which God is not able to do. 37 For nothing is impossible with God."
38 And Mary said: I am the servant of the Lord; may it be to me as you say. And the angel went away. 38 "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.
39 Then Mary got up and went quickly into the high lands, to a town of Judah; 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 And went into the house of Zacharias and took Elisabeth in her arms. 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 And when the voice of Mary came to the ears of Elisabeth, the baby made a sudden move inside her; then Elisabeth was full of the Holy Spirit, 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42 And she said with a loud voice: May blessing be on you among women, and a blessing on the child of your body. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
43 How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For, truly, when the sound of your voice came to my ears, the baby in my body made a sudden move for joy. 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 Happy will she be who had faith that the things which the Lord has said to her will be done. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
46 And Mary said: My soul gives glory to God; 46 And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord
47 My spirit is glad in God my Saviour. 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 For he has had pity on his servant, though she is poor and lowly placed: and from this hour will all generations give witness to the blessing which has come to me. 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 For he who is strong has done great things for me; and holy is his name. 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for all generations in whom is the fear of him. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 With his arm he has done acts of power; he has put to flight those who have pride in their hearts. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has put down kings from their seats, lifting up on high the men of low degree. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
53 Those who had no food he made full of good things; the men of wealth he sent away with nothing in their hands; 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 His help he has given to Israel, his servant, so that he might keep in mind his mercy to Abraham and his seed for ever, 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55 As he gave his word to our fathers. 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers."
56 And Mary was with her for about three months and then went back to her house. 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
57 Now it was time for Elisabeth to give birth, and she had a son. 57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.
58 And it came to the ears of her neighbours and relations that the Lord had been very good to her, and they took part in her joy. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
59 And on the eighth day they came to see to the circumcision of the child, and they would have given him the name of Zacharias, his father's name; 59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah,
60 But his mother made answer and said, No, his name is John. 60 but his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John."
61 And they said, Not one of your relations has that name. 61 They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who has that name."
62 And they made signs to his father, to say what name was to be given to him. 62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.
63 And he sent for writing materials and put down: His name is John; and they were all surprised. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John."
64 And straight away his mouth was open and his tongue was free and he gave praise to God. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God.
65 And fear came on all those who were living round about them: and there was much talk about all these things in all the hill-country of Judaea. 65 The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things.
66 And all who had word of them kept them in their minds and said, What will this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, "What then is this child going to be?" For the Lord's hand was with him.
67 And his father, Zacharias, was full of the Holy Spirit, and with the voice of a prophet said these words: 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has come to his people and made them free, 68 "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.
69 Lifting up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David
70 (As he said, by the mouth of his holy prophets, from the earliest times,) 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 Salvation from those who are against us, and from the hands of those who have hate for us; 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us--
72 To do acts of mercy to our fathers and to keep in mind his holy word, 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,
73 The oath which he made to Abraham, our father, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 That we, being made free from the fear of those who are against us, might give him worship, 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear
75 In righteousness and holy living before him all our days. 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be named the prophet of the Most High: you will go before the face of the Lord, to make ready his ways; 76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 To give knowledge of salvation to his people, through the forgiveness of sins, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 Because of the loving mercies of our God, by which the dawn from heaven has come to us, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 To give light to those in dark places, and in the shade of death, so that our feet may be guided into the way of peace. 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."
80 And the child became tall, and strong in spirit; and he was living in the waste land till the day when he came before the eyes of Israel. 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.