Luke 1:5-56 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechari'ah, of the division of Abi'jah; and he had a wife of 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 before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 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 were advanced in years. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.
8 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, 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, it fell to him 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 praying outside at the hour of incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
11 And 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 Zechari'ah was troubled when he saw him, 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, Zechari'ah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall 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 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 before the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from 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 before him in the spirit and power of Eli'jah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared." 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 Zechari'ah said to the angel, "How shall 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 him, "I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of God; and I was 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 will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things come to pass, 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 Zechari'ah, and they wondered 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 And when he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he made signs to them and remained 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 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.
24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself, saying, 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.
25 "Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when he looked on me, to take 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 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house 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 he came to her and said, "Hail, O 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 troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind 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 your womb and bear a son, and you shall 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 will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to 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 for ever; 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 shall this be, since I have no husband?" 34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
35 And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child 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 kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; 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 with God nothing will be impossible." 37 For nothing is impossible with God."
38 And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be 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 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into 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 she entered the house of Zechari'ah and greeted Elizabeth. 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe 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 exclaimed with a loud cry, "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 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 voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe 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 would be a fulfilment of 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 magnifies the Lord, 46 And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call 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 he who is mighty 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 on those who fear him from generation to generation. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination 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 put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; 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 the rich he has sent empty away. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel, 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 to his posterity for ever." 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers."
56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home. 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.