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1 Since many have attempted to compile an account concerning 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 just as those who were eyewitnesses and servants of the word from the beginning passed on 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 best to me also--[because I] have followed all [things] carefully from the beginning--to write [them] down in orderly sequence 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 so that you may know the certainty concerning the things about which you were taught. 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
5 It happened that in the days of Herod, king of Judea, [there was] a certain priest, Zechariah by name, of the division of Abijah. And {he had a wife} from 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 in the sight of God, living blamelessly in all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. 6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly.
7 And {they did not have} a child, because Elizabeth was barren. And they were both advanced {in years}. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.
8 And it happened 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 he was chosen by lot to enter into the temple of the Lord 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 And the whole crowd of the people were praying outside at the hour of the incense offering. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at 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 Zechariah was terrified [when he] saw [the angel], 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, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will 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 experience joy and exultation}, 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 he must never drink wine or beer, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit [while he is] still in 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 sons of Israel 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 go on 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 righteous, to prepare for the Lord a people made ready." 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 Zechariah said to the angel, "By what will I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is 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 I was sent to speak to you and to announce to 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 behold, you will be silent 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 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 were waiting for Zechariah, and began to wonder [when] he was delayed in the temple. 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.
22 And [when he] came out he was not able to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making 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 And it happened that when the days of his service came to an end, he went away to his home. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
24 Now after these days, his wife Elizabeth conceived, and she kept herself in seclusion [for] five months, saying, 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
25 "Thus the Lord has done for me in the days in which he has concerned himself with [me], to take away my disgrace 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 from God to a town of Galilee {named} Nazareth, 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
27 to a virgin legally promised in marriage to a man {named} Joseph of the house of David. And the name of the virgin [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 he came to her [and] said, "Greetings, 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 But she was greatly perplexed at the statement, and was pondering what sort of greeting this might be. 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 And 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 the womb and will give birth to a son, and you will 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 This one will be great, and he will be called the Son of the Most High, 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 And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I have not had sexual relations with 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 Most High will overshadow you. Therefore also the one to be born will be called holy, 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 And behold, your relative Elizabeth--she also has conceived a son in her old age, and this is 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 {nothing will be impossible with God}." 37 For nothing is impossible with God."
38 So Mary said, "Behold, the Lord's female slave! May it happen 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 in those days Mary set out [and] traveled with haste into the hill country, to a town of Judah, 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 and entered into the house of Zechariah, and greeted Elizabeth. 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 And it happened that when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby in her womb leaped 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 And she cried out with a loud shout 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 And 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 behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy! 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 And blessed [is] she who believed that [there] will be a fulfillment to what was spoken to 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 exalts the Lord, 46 And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit has rejoiced greatly in God my Savior, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 because he has looked upon the humble state of his female slave, for behold, from now on all generations will consider 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 because the Mighty [One] 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] for generation after generation to those who fear him. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 He has done a mighty deed with his arm; he has dispersed the proud in the thoughts 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 brought down rulers from [their] thrones, and has exalted the lowly. 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], and those who are rich he has sent away empty-handed. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped Israel his servant, remembering [his] mercy, 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55 just as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants {forever}." 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers."
56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and returned to her home. 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
57 Now the time came for Elizabeth that she should give birth, 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 And her neighbors and relatives heard that {the Lord had shown his great mercy 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 And it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were wanting to name him {after} his father Zechariah. 59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah,
60 And his mother answered [and] said, "No, but he will be named John." 60 but his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John."
61 And they said to her, "There is no one of 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 [asking] what he wanted him to be named, 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, "John is his name." And they were all astonished. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John."
64 And his mouth and his tongue were opened immediately, and he began to speak, praising God. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God.
65 And fear came on all those who lived near them, and in all the hill country of Judea all these events were discussed. 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 kept [these things] in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be? For indeed 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 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 "Blessed [be] the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited to help and {has 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 just as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from earliest times-- 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all those who hate us, 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us--
72 to show mercy 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 that he swore to Abraham our father, to grant us 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 [that] we, being rescued from the hand of [our] enemies, 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 before him all our days. 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And so you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go on before 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 forgiveness of their sins, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the merciful compassion of our God by which the dawn will visit to help us from on high, 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 in the shadow of death, to direct 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 And the child kept growing and becoming strong in spirit, and was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel. 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.