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1 Many people have attempted to write about 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 Reports of these things were handed down to us. There were people who saw these things for themselves from the beginning and then passed the word on. 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
3 I myself have carefully looked into everything from the beginning. So it seemed good also to me to write down an orderly report of exactly what happened. I am doing this for you, most excellent 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 know that the things you have been taught are true. 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
5 Herod was king of Judea. During the time he was ruling, there was a priest named Zechariah. He belonged to a group of priests named after Abijah. His wife Elizabeth also came from the family line 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 Both of them did what was right in God's eyes. They obeyed all the Lord's commandments and rules faithfully. 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 was not able to have any. And they 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's group was on duty. He was serving as a priest in God's temple. 8 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,
9 He happened to be chosen, in the usual way, to go into the temple of the Lord. There he was supposed to 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 The time came for this to be done. All who had gathered to worship were praying outside. 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. The angel was standing at the right side of the incense altar. 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 amazed and terrified. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.
13 But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah. Your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will have a child. It will be a boy, 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. His birth will make many people very glad. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,
15 He will be important in the Lord's eyes. "He must never use wine or other such drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit from the time he is born. 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 of Israel's people back 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 prepare the way for the Lord. He will have the same spirit and power that Elijah had. He will teach parents how to love their children. He will also teach people who don't obey to be wise and do what is right. In this way, he will prepare a people who are ready 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 asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? 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, "I am Gabriel. I serve God. I have been sent to speak 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 And now you will have to be silent. You will not be able to speak until after John is born. That's because you did not believe my words. They will come true when the time is right." 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 During that time, the people were waiting for Zechariah to come out. They wondered why he stayed in the temple so long. 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. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple. They knew this because he kept motioning to them. He still could not 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 was over, he returned home. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
24 After that, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant. She stayed at home for five months. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
25 "The Lord has done this for me," she said. "In these days, he has been kind to me. He has taken away my shame among the 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 In the sixth month after Elizabeth had become pregnant, 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 He was sent to a virgin. The girl was engaged to a man named Joseph. He came from the family line of David. 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 The angel greeted her and said, "The Lord has given you special favor. He is with you." 28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
29 Mary was very upset because of his words. She wondered what kind of greeting this could be. 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary. God is very pleased with 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. You must 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 like his father David of long ago. 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 forever over his people, who came from Jacob's family. His kingdom will never end." 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
34 "How can this happen?" Mary asked the angel. "I am a virgin." 34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come to you. The power of the Most High God will cover you. So the holy one that is born 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 Your relative Elizabeth is old. And even she is going to have a child. People thought she could not have children. But she has been pregnant for six months now. 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 with God." 37 For nothing is impossible with God."
38 "I serve the Lord," Mary answered. "May it happen to me just as you said it would." 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 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in Judea's hill country. 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 There 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 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 In a loud voice she called out, "God has blessed you more than other women. And blessed is the child you will have! 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
43 But why is God so kind to me? Why has the mother of my Lord 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 the sound of your voice, the baby inside me jumped for joy. 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 You are a woman God has blessed. You have believed that what the Lord has said to you will be done!" 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
46 Mary said, "My soul gives glory to the Lord. 46 And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord
47 My spirit delights in God my Savior. 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 He has taken note of me even though I am not important. From now on all people will call me blessed. 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 The Mighty 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 He shows his mercy to those who have respect for him, from parent to child down through the years. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 He has done mighty things with his arm. He has scattered those who are proud in their deepest thoughts. 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. But he has lifted up people who are not important. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled those who are hungry with good things. But he has sent those who are rich away empty. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped the people of Israel, who serve him. He has always remembered to be kind 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his children down through the years. He has done it just as he said to our people of long ago." 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers."
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months. Then she returned home. 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
57 The time came for Elizabeth to have her baby. 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 that the Lord had been very kind to her. They shared her joy. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
59 On the eighth day, they came to have the child circumcised. They were going to name him Zechariah, like 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 spoke up. "No!" she said. "He must be called John." 60 but his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John."
61 They said to her, "No one among your relatives has that name." 61 They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who has that name."
62 Then they motioned to his father. They wanted to find out what he would like to name the child. 62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.
63 He asked for something to write on. Then he wrote, "His name is John." Everyone was amazed. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John."
64 Right away Zechariah could speak again. His first words gave praise to 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 wonder. All through Judea's hill country, people were 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 Everyone who heard this wondered about it. And because the Lord was with John, they asked, "What is this child going to be?" 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 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit. He prophesied, 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 "Give praise to the Lord, the God of Israel! He has come and set his people free. 68 "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.
69 He has acted with great power and has saved us. He did it for those who are from the family line of his servant David. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David
70 Long ago holy prophets said he would do it. 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 He has saved us from our enemies. We are rescued from all who hate us. 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us--
72 He has been kind to our people. He has remembered his holy covenant. 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,
73 He made an oath to our father Abraham. 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 He promised to save us from 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 He wants us to be holy and godly as long as we live. 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 "And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God. You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare the way for him. 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 they can be saved. You will tell them that their sins can be forgiven. 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 All of that will happen because our God is tender and caring. His kindness will bring the rising sun to us from heaven. 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 living in darkness and in the shadow of death. It will guide our feet 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, and his spirit became strong. He lived in the desert until he appeared openly to Israel. 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.