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1 Dear Theophilus: Many people have done their best to write a report of the things that have taken place among us. 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,
2 They wrote what we have been told by those who saw these things from the beginning and who proclaimed the message. 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
3 And so, Your Excellency, because I have carefully studied all these matters from their beginning, I thought it would be good to write an orderly account for you. 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 do this so that you will know the full truth about everything which you have been taught. 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
5 During the time when Herod was king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife's name was Elizabeth; she also belonged to a priestly family. 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 both lived good lives in God's sight and obeyed fully all the Lord's laws and commands. 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 could not have any, and she and Zechariah were both 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 doing his work as a priest in the Temple, taking his turn in the daily service. 8 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,
9 According to the custom followed by the priests, he was chosen by lot to burn incense on the altar. So he went into the Temple of the Lord, 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 while the crowd of people outside prayed during the hour when the incense was burned. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
11 An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar where the incense was burned. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.
12 When Zechariah saw him, he was alarmed and felt afraid. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.
13 But the angel said to him, "Don't be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son. You are to 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 How glad and happy you will be, and how happy many others will be when he is born! 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,
15 John will be great in the Lord's sight. He must not drink any wine or strong drink. From his very birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, 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 he will bring back many of the people of Israel 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 ahead of the Lord, strong and mighty like the prophet Elijah. He will bring fathers and children together again; he will turn disobedient people back to the way of thinking of the righteous; he will get the Lord's people ready for him." 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 shall I know if this is so? I am an old man, and my wife is old also." 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 "I am Gabriel," the angel answered. "I stand in the presence of God, who sent me to speak to you and tell 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 But you have not believed my message, which will come true at the right time. Because you have not believed, you will be unable to speak; you will remain silent until the day my promise to you comes true." 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 In the meantime the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he was spending such a long time in the Temple. 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.
22 When he came out, he could not speak to them, and so they knew that he had seen a vision in the Temple. Unable to say a word, he made signs to them with his hands. 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 his period of service in the Temple was over, Zechariah went back home. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
24 Some time later his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and did not leave the house for five months. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
25 "Now at last the Lord has helped me," she said. "He has taken away my public disgrace!" 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 In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth. 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
27 He had a message for a young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. Her 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 The angel came to her and said, "Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!" 28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
29 Mary was deeply troubled by the angel's message, and she wondered what his words meant. 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 The angel said to her, "Don't be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. 30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
31 You will become pregnant 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 will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, 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 and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!" 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
34 Mary said to the angel, "I am a virgin. How, then, can this be?" 34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God's power will rest upon you. For this reason the holy child will be called the 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 Remember your relative Elizabeth. It is said that she cannot have children, but she herself is now six months pregnant, even though she is very old. 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 that God cannot do." 37 For nothing is impossible with God."
38 "I am the Lord's servant," said Mary; "may it happen to me as you have said." And 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 Soon afterward Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill country of Judea. 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby moved within her. 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 and said in a loud voice, "You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
43 Why should this great thing happen to me, that my Lord's mother comes to visit me? 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For as soon as I heard your greeting, the baby within me jumped with gladness. 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 How happy you are to believe that the Lord's message to you will come true!" 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
46 Mary said, "My heart praises the Lord; 46 And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord
47 my soul is glad because of God my Savior, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has remembered me, his lowly servant! From now on all people will call me happy, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me. His name is holy; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name.
50 from one generation to another he shows mercy to those who honor him. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 He has stretched out his mighty arm and scattered the proud with all their plans. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down mighty kings 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 with empty hands. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has kept the promise he made to our ancestors, and has come to the help of his servant Israel. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55 He has remembered to show mercy to Abraham and to all his descendants forever!" 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers."
56 Mary stayed about three months with Elizabeth and then went back home. 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
57 The time came for Elizabeth to have her baby, and she gave birth to a son. 57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.
58 Her neighbors and relatives heard how wonderfully good the Lord had been to her, and they all rejoiced with her. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
59 When the baby was a week old, they came to circumcise him, and they were going to name him Zechariah, after his father. 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 said, "No! His name is to be John." 60 but his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John."
61 They said to her, "But you don't have any relative with that name!" 61 They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who has that name."
62 Then they made signs to his father, asking him what name he would like the boy to have. 62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.
63 Zechariah asked for a writing pad and wrote, "His name is John." How surprised they all were! 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 started praising God. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God.
65 The neighbors were all filled with fear, and the news about these things spread through all the hill country of Judea. 65 The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things.
66 Everyone who heard of it thought about it and asked, "What is this child going to be?" For it was plain that the Lord's power was upon 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 he spoke God's message: 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 "Let us praise the Lord, the God of Israel! He has come to the help of his people and has set them free. 68 "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.
69 He has provided for us a mighty Savior, a descendant of his servant David. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David
70 He promised through his holy prophets long ago 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 that he would save us from our enemies, 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 said he would show mercy to our ancestors and remember his sacred covenant. 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,
73 With a solemn oath to our ancestor Abraham he promised to rescue us from our enemies and allow us to serve him without fear, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
75 so that we might be holy and righteous before him all the days of our life. 75 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear
76 "You, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God. You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare his road for him, 76 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
77 to tell his people that they will be saved by having their sins forgiven. 77 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,
78 Our God is merciful and tender. He will cause the bright dawn of salvation to rise on us 78 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
79 and to shine from heaven on all those who live in the dark shadow of death, to guide our steps into the path of peace." 79 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
80 The child grew and developed in body and spirit. He lived in the desert until the day when he appeared publicly to the people of Israel. 80 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."
80 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.