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Luke 1:5-25 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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5 During the rule of King Herod of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah. His wife Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron. 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 before God, blameless in their observance of all the Lord's commandments and regulations. 6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly.
7 They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to become pregnant and they both were very old. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.
8 One day Zechariah was serving as a priest before God because his priestly division was on duty. 8 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,
9 Following the customs of priestly service, he was chosen by lottery to go into the Lord's sanctuary 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 All the people who gathered to worship were praying outside during this hour of incense offering. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
11 An angel from 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 When Zechariah saw the angel, he was startled and overcome with fear. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.
13 The angel said, "Don't be afraid, Zechariah. Your prayers have been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will give birth to your son and you must 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 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many people 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 Lord's eyes. He must not drink wine and liquor. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before 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 He will bring many Israelites back to the Lord their God. 16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.
17 He will go forth before the Lord, equipped with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will turn the hearts of fathers back to their children, and he will turn the disobedient to righteous patterns of thinking. He will 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 Zechariah said to the angel, "How can I be sure of this? My wife and I are very old." 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 replied, "I am Gabriel. I stand in God's presence. I was sent to speak to you and to bring this good news to you. 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 Know this: What I have spoken will come true at the proper time. But because you didn't believe, you will remain silent, unable to speak until the day when these things happen." 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 they wondered why he was in the sanctuary for such a long time. 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.
22 When he came out, he was unable to speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he gestured to them and couldn't 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 When he completed the days of his priestly service, he returned home. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
24 Afterward, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant. She kept to herself for five months, saying, 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
25 "This is the Lord's doing. He has shown his favor to me by removing my disgrace among other 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."