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1 Many have tried to report on the things that happened among us. 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,
2 They have written the same things that we learned from others -- the people who saw those things from the beginning and served God by telling people his message. 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
3 Since I myself have studied everything carefully from the beginning, most excellentn Theophilus, it seemed good for me to write it out for you. I arranged it in order 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 to help you know that what you have been taught is true. 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
5 During the time Herod ruled Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah who belonged to Abijah's group. Zechariah's wife, Elizabeth, came from the family 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 Zechariah and Elizabeth truly did what God said was good. They did everything the Lord commanded and were without fault in keeping his law. 6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly.
7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth could not have a baby, and both of them 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 group was on duty. 8 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,
9 According to the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to go into the Temple of the Lord 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 There were a great many people outside praying at the time the incense was offered. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah, standing on the right side of the incense table. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.
12 When he saw the angel, Zechariah was startled and frightened. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.
13 But the angel said to him, "Zechariah, don't be afraid. God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give birth to a son, and you will 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 bring you joy and gladness, and many people will be happy because of his birth. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,
15 John will be a great man for the Lord. He will never drink wine or beer, and even from 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 He will help many people of Israel return 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 before the Lord in spirit and power like Elijah. He will make peace between parents and their children and will bring those who are not obeying God back to the right way of thinking, to make a people ready for the coming of 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 know that what you say is true? I am an old man, and my wife is old, too." 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 answered him, "I am Gabriel. I stand before God, who sent me to talk to you and to 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 Now, listen! You will not be able to speak until the day these things happen, because you did not believe what I told you. But they will really 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 Outside, the people were still waiting for Zechariah and were surprised that he was staying so long in the Temple. 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.
22 When Zechariah came outside, he could not speak to them, and they knew he had seen a vision in the Temple. He could only make signs to them and remained unable to 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 his time of service at the Temple was finished, he went home. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
24 Later, Zechariah's wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and did not go out of her house for five months. Elizabeth said, 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
25 "Look what the Lord has done for me! My people were ashamedn of me, but now the Lord has taken away that shame." 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 During Elizabeth's sixth month of pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
27 to a virgin. She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of 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, "Greetings! The Lord has blessed you and is with you." 28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
29 But Mary was very startled by what the angel said and wondered what this greeting might mean. 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 shown you his grace. 30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
31 Listen! 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. The Lord God will give him the throne of King David, his ancestor. 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 the people of Jacob forever, and 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, "How will this happen since I am a virgin?" 34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
35 The angel said to Mary, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you. For this reason the baby will be holy and 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 Now Elizabeth, your relative, is also pregnant with a son though she is very old. Everyone thought she could not have a baby, but she has been pregnant for six months. 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 God can do anything!" 37 For nothing is impossible with God."
38 Mary said, "I am the servant of the Lord. Let this happen to me as you say!" Then 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 Mary got up and went quickly to a town in the hills of Judea. 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 She came to Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the unborn baby inside her jumped, 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 She cried out in a loud voice, "God has blessed you more than any other woman, and he has blessed the baby to which you will give birth. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
43 Why has this good thing happened to me, 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 When I heard your voice, the baby inside me jumped with joy. 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 You are blessed because you believed that what the Lord said to you would really happen." 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
46 Then Mary said, "My soul praises the Lord; 46 And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord
47 my heart rejoices in God my Savior, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 because he has shown his concern for his humble servant girl. From now on, all people will say that I am blessed, 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 Powerful One has done great things for me. His name is holy. 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name.
50 God will show his mercy forever and ever to those who worship and serve him. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 He has done mighty deeds by his power. He has scattered the people who are proud and think great things about themselves. 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 rulers from their thrones and raised up the humble. 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 nothing. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant, the people of Israel, remembering to show them mercy 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55 as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his children forever." 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers."
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
57 When it was time for Elizabeth to give birth, she had a boy. 57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.
58 Her neighbors and relatives heard how good the Lord was to her, and they 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 eight days old, they came to circumcise him. They wanted to name him Zechariah because this 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 said, "No! He will be named John." 60 but his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John."
61 The people said to Elizabeth, "But no one in your family has this 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 to find out what he would like to name him. 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 tablet and wrote, "His name is John," and everyone was surprised. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John."
64 Immediately Zechariah could talk 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 became alarmed, and in all the mountains of Judea people continued talking about all these things. 65 The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things.
66 The people who heard about them wondered, saying, "What will this child be?" because 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 Then Zechariah, John's father, was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 "Let us praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to help his people and has given them freedom. 68 "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.
69 He has given us a powerful Savior from the family of God's servant David. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David
70 He said that he would do this through his holy prophets who lived long ago: 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 He promised he would save us 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 said he would give mercy to our fathers and that he would remember his holy promise. 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,
73 God promised Abraham, our father, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 that he would save us from the power of our enemies so 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 being holy and good before God as long as we live. 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 "Now you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God. 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 make his people know that they will be saved by having their sins forgiven. 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 With the loving mercy of our God, a new day from heaven will dawn upon us. 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 It will shine on those who live in darkness, in the shadow of death. It will guide us into 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 And so the child grew up and became strong in spirit. John lived in the desert until the time when he came out to preach to Israel. 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.