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1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,
2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, 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 fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, 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 exact truth about the things you have been taught. 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, 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 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 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 advanced in years. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.
8 Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed 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 priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter 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 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer 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 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 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped 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 petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the 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 "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 he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet 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 back to the Lord their God. 16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.
17 "It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as 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 Zacharias said to the angel, "How will I know this for certain? 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 The angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring 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 shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper 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 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay 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 was unable 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 mute. 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 days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
24 After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, 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 "This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men." 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 city in Galilee called Nazareth, 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and 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 coming in, he said to her, "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 very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 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 bear a son, and you shall 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; 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 His kingdom will have no end." 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
34 Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin ?" 34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
35 The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall 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 "And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 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 And Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done 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 at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, 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 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby 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 And she cried 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 "And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would 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 reached my ears, the baby 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 "And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by 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 in God my Savior. 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 "For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count 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 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 UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 "He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. 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 those who were 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 away the rich empty-handed. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 "He has given help to Israel His servant, 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 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 then returned to her home. 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
57 Now the time had come for Elizabeth to 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 Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had displayed His great mercy toward her; and they were rejoicing 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 going to call him Zacharias, 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 answered and said, "No indeed; but he shall be called 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 among your relatives who is called by that name." 61 They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who has that name."
62 And they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted 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 tablet and wrote as follows, "His name is John." 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 at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God.
65 Fear came on all those living around them; and all these matters were being talked about in 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 All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, "What then will this child turn out to be?" For the hand of the Lord was certainly 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 Zacharias 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 God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for 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 David His servant - 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 from of old - 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 Salvation 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 show mercy toward 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 Abraham our father, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 To grant us that we, being rescued 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 our days. 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 "And 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 to His people the knowledge of salvation 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 tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 TO SHINE UPON 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 And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts 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.