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1 Seeing that many have attempted to draw up a narrative of the facts which are received with full assurance among us 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,
2 on the authority of those who were from the beginning eye-witnesses and were devoted to the service of the divine Message, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
3 it has seemed right to me also, after careful investigation of the facts from their commencement, to write for you, most noble Theophilus, a connected account, 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 fully know the truth of the things which you have been taught by word of mouth. 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
5 There was in the time of Herod, the king of Judaea, a priest of the name of Zechariah, belonging to the class of Abijah. He had a wife who was a descendant 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 of them upright before God, blamelessly obeying all the Lord's precepts and ordinances. 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 both of them were far advanced in life. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.
8 Now while he was doing priestly duty before God in the prescribed course of his class, 8 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,
9 it fell to his lot--according to the custom of the priesthood--to go into the Sanctuary of the Lord and burn the 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 outside praying, 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 there appeared to him an angel of the Lord 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 Zechariah on seeing him was agitated 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, for your petition has been heard: and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to 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 Gladness and exultant joy shall be yours, and many will rejoice over 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; no wine or fermented drink shall he ever drink; but he will be filled with the Holy Spirit from the very hour of his birth. 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 Many of the descendants of Israel will he turn 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 be His forerunner in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn fathers' hearts to the children, and cause the rebellious to walk in the wisdom of the upright, to make a people perfectly 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 "By what proof," asked Zechariah, "shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is far 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 "I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of God," answered the angel, "and I have been sent to talk with you and 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 be dumb and unable to speak until the day when this has taken place; because you did not believe my words--words which will be fulfilled at their appointed 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 people were waiting for Zechariah, and were surprised that he stayed 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, however, he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they knew that he must have seen a vision in the Sanctuary; but he kept making signs to them and continued dumb. 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 days of service were at an end, he went to his home; 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
24 and in course of time his wife Elizabeth conceived, and kept herself secluded five months. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
25 "Thus has the Lord dealt with me," she said, "now that He has graciously taken away my reproach 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 town in Galilee called Nazareth, 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
27 to a maiden betrothed to a man of the name of Joseph, a descendant of David. The maiden'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 So Gabriel went into the house and said to her, "Joy be to you, favoured 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 She was greatly agitated at his words, and wondered what such a greeting meant. 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 But the angel said, "Do not be frightened, Mary, for you have found favour with God. 30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
31 You will conceive in your womb and bear a son; and you are to 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 He will be called `Son of the Most High.' And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His forefather 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 be King over the House of Jacob for the Ages, 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 "How can this be," Mary replied, "seeing that I have no husband?" 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, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for this reason your holy offspring 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 And see, your relative Elizabeth--she also has conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with 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 no promise from God will be impossible of fulfilment." 37 For nothing is impossible with God."
38 "I am the Lord's maidservant," Mary replied; "may it be with me in accordance with your words!" And 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 Not long after this, Mary rose up and went in haste into the hill country to a town in Judah. 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 Here she came to the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth; 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 and as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the babe leapt within her. 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 uttered a loud cry of joy. "Blest among women are you," she said, "and the offspring of your body is blest! 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 honour done 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, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the babe within me leapt 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 has believed, for the word spoken to her from the Lord shall be fulfilled." 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
46 Then Mary said: "My soul extols the Lord, 46 And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord
47 And my spirit triumphs in God my Saviour; 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 Because He has not turned from His maidservant in her lowly position; For from this time forward all generations will account me happy, 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--Holy is His name!-- 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name.
50 And His compassion is, generation after generation, Upon those who fear Him. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 He has manifested His supreme strength. He has scattered those who were haughty 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 cast monarchs down from their thrones, And exalted men of low estate. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
53 The hungry He has satisfied with choice gifts, But the rich He has sent empty-handed away. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 His servant Israel He has helped, Remembering His compassion-- 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55 In fulfillment of His promises to our forefathers--For Abraham and his posterity for ever." 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers."
56 So Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned home. 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
57 Now when Elizabeth's full time was come, 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 neighbours and relatives heard how the Lord had had great compassion on 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 on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and were going to call him Zechariah, 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 His mother, however, said, "No, he is to be called John." 60 but his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John."
61 "There is not one of your family," they said, "who has that name." 61 They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who has that name."
62 They asked his father by signs what he wished him to be called. 62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.
63 So he asked for a writing-tablet, and wrote, "His name is John." And they all wondered. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John."
64 Instantly his mouth and his tongue were set free, and he began to speak and bless God. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God.
65 And all who lived round about them were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judaea reports of all these things were spread abroad. 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 the story treasured it in their memories. "What then will this child be?" they said. For the lord's hand was indeed 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 Zechariah his father was filled with the Holy Spirit, and spoke in a rapture of praise. 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel," he said, "Because He has not forgotten His people but has effected redemption for them, 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 mighty Deliverer 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 has spoken from all time by the lips of His holy Prophets-- 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 To deliver us from our foes and from the power of all who hate us. 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us--
72 He dealt pitifully with our forefathers, And remembered 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 forefather, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 To grant us to be rescued from the power of our foes And so render worship to Him free from fear, 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear
75 In piety and uprightness before Him all our days. 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you moreover, O child, shall be called Prophet of the Most High; For you shall go on in front before 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 To give to His People a knowledge of salvation In the forgiveness of their sins, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 Through the tender compassion of our God, Through which the daybreak from on high will come to us, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 Dawning on those who now dwell in the darkness and shadow of death--To direct our feet into 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 And the child grew and became strong in character, and lived in the Desert till the time came for him to appear publicly to Israel. 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.