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1 Many people have already applied themselves to the task of compiling an account of the events that have been fulfilled among us. 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,
2 They used what the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed down to us. 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
3 Now, after having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, I have also decided to write a carefully ordered account for you, most honorable 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 I want you to have confidence in the soundness of the instruction you have received. 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
5 During the rule of King Herod of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah. His wife Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron. 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 both righteous before God, blameless in their observance of all the Lord's commandments and regulations. 6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly.
7 They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to become pregnant and they both were very old. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.
8 One day Zechariah was serving as a priest before God because his priestly division was on duty. 8 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,
9 Following the customs of priestly service, he was chosen by lottery to go into the Lord's sanctuary and burn incense. 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 All the people who gathered to worship were praying outside during this hour of incense offering. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
11 An angel from the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.
12 When Zechariah saw the angel, he was startled and overcome with fear. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.
13 The angel said, "Don't be afraid, Zechariah. Your prayers have been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will give birth to your son and you must name him 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 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many people will rejoice 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 Lord's eyes. He must not drink wine and liquor. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before 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 He will bring many Israelites back to the Lord their God. 16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.
17 He will go forth before the Lord, equipped with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will turn the hearts of fathers back to their children, and he will turn the disobedient to righteous patterns of thinking. He will make ready a people prepared for 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 Zechariah said to the angel, "How can I be sure of this? My wife and I are very old." 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 The angel replied, "I am Gabriel. I stand in God's presence. I was sent to speak to you and to bring this good news to you. 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 Know this: What I have spoken will come true at the proper time. But because you didn't believe, you will remain silent, unable to speak until the day when these things happen." 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 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they wondered why he was in the sanctuary for such a long time. 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.
22 When he came out, he was unable to speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he gestured to them and couldn't speak. 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 When he completed the days of his priestly service, he returned home. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
24 Afterward, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant. She kept to herself for five months, saying, 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
25 "This is the Lord's doing. He has shown his favor to me by removing my disgrace among other people." 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 When Elizabeth was six months pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
27 to a virgin who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David's house. The virgin's name 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 When the angel came to her, he said, "Rejoice, favored one! 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 She was confused by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 The angel said, "Don't be afraid, Mary. God is honoring you. 30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
31 Look! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him 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 he will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne 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 rule over Jacob's house forever, and there will be no end to his kingdom." 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
34 Then Mary said to the angel, "How will this happen since I haven't had sexual relations with a man?" 34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
35 The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come over you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the one who is to be born will be holy. He will be called God's Son. 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 Look, even in her old age, your relative Elizabeth has conceived a son. This woman who was labeled ‘unable to conceive' is now six months pregnant. 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 Nothing is impossible for God." 37 For nothing is impossible with God."
38 Then Mary said, "I am the Lord's servant. Let it be with me just as you have said." Then the angel left her. 38 "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.
39 Mary got up and hurried to a city in the Judean highlands. 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 She entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with 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 With a loud voice she blurted out, "God has blessed you above all women, and he has blessed the child you carry. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
43 Why do I have this honor, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 As soon as I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her." 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
46 Mary said, "With all my heart I glorify the Lord! 46 And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord
47 In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior. 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant. Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 because the mighty one has done great things for me. Holy is his name. 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name.
50 He shows mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors him as God. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones and lifted up the lowly. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty-handed. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, remembering his mercy, 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55 just as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to Abraham's descendants forever." 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers."
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned to her home. 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
57 When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a boy. 57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.
58 Her neighbors and relatives celebrated with her because they had heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
59 On the eighth day, it came time to circumcise the child. They wanted to name him Zechariah because that was 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 replied, "No, his name will be John." 60 but his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John."
61 They said to her, "None of your relatives have that name." 61 They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who has that name."
62 Then they began gesturing to his father to see what he wanted to call him. 62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.
63 After asking for a tablet, he surprised everyone by writing, "His name is John." 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John."
64 At that moment, Zechariah was able to speak again, and he began praising God. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God.
65 All their neighbors were filled with awe, and everyone throughout the Judean highlands talked about what had happened. 65 The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things.
66 All who heard about this considered it carefully. They said, "What then will this child be?" Indeed, the Lord's power 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 John's father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 "Bless the Lord God of Israel because he has come to help and has delivered his people. 68 "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.
69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us in his servant David's house, 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David
70 just as he said through the mouths of his holy prophets long ago. 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 He has brought salvation from our enemies and from the power of all those who hate us. 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us--
72 He has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and remembered his holy covenant, 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the solemn pledge he made to our ancestor Abraham. He has granted 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 that we would be rescued from the power of our enemies so that we could serve him without fear, 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear
75 in holiness and righteousness in God's eyes, for as long as we live. 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 You, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way. 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 You will tell his people how to be saved through the forgiveness of their sins. 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 Because of our God's deep compassion, the dawn from heaven will break upon 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 who are sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide us on the path 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 The child grew up, becoming strong in character. He was in the wilderness until he began his public ministry to Israel. 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.