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1 Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,
2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them 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 it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, 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 that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 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 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 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 child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.
8 So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, 8 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,
9 according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when 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 And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. 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 him, standing on the right side 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 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.
13 But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name 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 have joy and gladness, and many 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 sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. 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 turn many of the children 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 also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to 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 And Zacharias said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced 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 answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. 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 behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own 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 waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.
22 But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless. 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 so it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
24 Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
25 "Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among 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 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house 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 And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" 28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name 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 Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 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 reign over the house of Jacob forever, 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 Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?" 34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
35 And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be 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 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 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 with God nothing will be impossible." 37 For nothing is impossible with God."
38 Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from 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 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe 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 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
43 But why is this granted to me, 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 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord." 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
46 And Mary said: "My soul magnifies the Lord, 46 And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations 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 For He who is mighty 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 And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of 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 the mighty from their thrones, And exalted 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 the rich He has sent away empty. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy, 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and to his seed forever." 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers."
56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house. 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
57 Now Elizabeth's full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. 57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.
58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
59 So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. 59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah,
60 His mother answered and said, "No; he shall be called John." 60 but his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John."
61 But they said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name." 61 They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who has that name."
62 So they made signs to his father--what he would have him called. 62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.
63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, "His name is John." So they all marveled. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John."
64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God.
65 Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout 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 And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, "What kind of child will this be?" And 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 Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 "Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, 68 "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.
69 And has raised 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 spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began, 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 That we should be saved from our enemies And from the hand of all who hate us, 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us--
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant, 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,
73 The oath which He swore to our father Abraham: 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 To grant us that we, Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might 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 before Him all the days of our life. 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare 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 By the remission of their sins, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited 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 sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet 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 So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel. 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.