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1 So many others have tried their hand at putting together a story of the wonderful harvest of Scripture and history that took place among us, 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,
2 using reports handed down by the original eyewitnesses who served this Word with their very lives. 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 have investigated all the reports in close detail, starting from the story's beginning, I decided to write it all out for you, most honorable 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 you can know beyond the shadow of a doubt the reliability of what you were taught. A Childless Couple Conceives 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
5 During the rule of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest assigned service in the regiment of Abijah. His name was Zachariah. His wife was descended from the daughters of Aaron. 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 Together they lived honorably before God, careful in keeping to the ways of the commandments and enjoying a clear conscience before God. 6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly.
7 But they were childless because Elizabeth could never conceive, and now they were quite old. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.
8 It so happened that as Zachariah was carrying out his priestly duties before God, working the shift assigned to his regiment, 8 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,
9 it came his one turn in life to enter the sanctuary of God 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 The congregation was gathered and praying outside the Temple 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 Unannounced, an angel of God appeared just to the right 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 Zachariah was paralyzed in fear. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.
13 But the angel reassured him, "Don't fear, Zachariah. Your prayer has been heard. Elizabeth, your wife, will bear a son by you. 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 You're going to leap like a gazelle for joy, and not only you - many will delight in his birth. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,
15 He'll achieve great stature with God. 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 turn many sons and daughters of Israel back to their God. 16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.
17 He will herald God's arrival in the style and strength of Elijah, soften the hearts of parents to children, and kindle devout understanding among hardened skeptics - he'll get the people ready for God." 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 Zachariah said to the angel, "Do you expect me to believe this? I'm an old man and my wife is an old woman." 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 But the angel said, "I am Gabriel, the sentinel of God, sent especially to bring you this glad 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 because you won't believe me, you'll be unable to say a word until the day of your son's birth. Every word I've spoken to you will come true on time - God's 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 Meanwhile, the congregation waiting for Zachariah was getting restless, wondering what was keeping him so long in the sanctuary. 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.
22 When he came out and couldn't speak, they knew he had seen a vision. He continued speechless and had to use sign language with the people. 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 the course of his priestly assignment was completed, he went back home.[ 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
24 It wasn't long before his wife, Elizabeth, conceived. She went off by herself for five months, relishing her pregnancy. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
25 "So, this is how God acts to remedy my unfortunate condition!" she said. 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 the Galilean village of Nazareth 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
27 to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin's name, 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 Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her: Good morning! You're beautiful with God's beauty, Beautiful inside and out! God be with you. 28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
29 She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 But the angel assured her, "Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for 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 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, be called 'Son of the Highest.' 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 He will rule Jacob's house forever - no end, ever, to his kingdom." 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
34 Mary said to the angel, "But how? I've never slept with a man." 34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
35 The angel answered, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Highest hover over you; Therefore, the child you bring to birth will be called Holy, 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 did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months' pregnant! 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, you see, is impossible with God." 37 For nothing is impossible with God."
38 And Mary said, Yes, I see it all now: I'm the Lord's maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say. Then the angel left her. Blessed Among Women 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 didn't waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 straight to Zachariah's house, and greeted Elizabeth. 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She 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 sang out exuberantly, You're so blessed among women, and the babe in your womb, also blessed! 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
43 And why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me? 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears, The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy. 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true! 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
46 And Mary said, I'm bursting with God-news; 46 And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord
47 I'm dancing the song of my Savior God. 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 God took one good look at me, and look what happened - I'm the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others. 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name.
50 His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
53 The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He embraced his chosen child, Israel; he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55 It's exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now. 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers."
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home. 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
57 When Elizabeth was full-term in her pregnancy, she bore a son. 57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.
58 Her neighbors and relatives, seeing that God had overwhelmed her with mercy, celebrated with her. 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 circumcise the child and were calling him Zachariah 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 intervened: "No. He is to be called John." 60 but his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John."
61 "But," they said, "no one in your family is named that." 61 They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who has that name."
62 They used sign language to ask Zachariah what he wanted him named. 62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.
63 Asking for a tablet, Zachariah wrote, "His name is to be John." That took everyone by surprise. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John."
64 Surprise followed surprise - Zachariah's mouth was now open, his tongue loose, and he was talking, praising God! 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God.
65 A deep, reverential fear settled over the neighborhood, and in all that Judean hill country people talked about nothing else. 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 about it took it to heart, wondering, "What will become of this child? Clearly, God has his hand in this." 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 Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he came 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 set the power of salvation in the center of our lives, and in the very house of David his servant, 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David
70 Just as he promised long ago through the preaching of his holy prophets: 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 Deliverance from our enemies and every hateful hand; 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us--
72 Mercy to our fathers, as he remembers to do what he said he'd do, 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,
73 What he swore to our father Abraham - 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 a clean rescue from the enemy camp, So we can worship him without a care in the world, 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear
75 made holy before him as long as we live. 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, my child, "Prophet of the Highest," will go ahead of the Master 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 Present the offer of salvation to his people, the forgiveness of their sins. 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God's Sunrise will break in upon us, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 Shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, Then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down 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, healthy and spirited. He lived out in the desert until the day he made his prophetic debut in Israel. 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.