Forsooth for many men endeavoured to ordain the telling of things, which be filled in us,
as they that saw at the beginning, and were ministers of the word, betaken,
it is seen also to me, having from the beginning all things diligently by order, to write to thee, thou best Theophilus,
that thou know the truth of those words, of which thou art learned.] *
In the days of Herod, king of Judaea, there was a priest [there was some priest], Zacharias by name, of the sort of Abia, and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
And [they] both were just before God, going in all the commandments and justifyings of the Lord, without plaint.
And they had no child, for [that] Elisabeth was barren, and both were of great age in their days [and both had gone far in their days].
And it befell [Soothly it was done], that when Zacharias should do the office of priesthood, in the order of his course before God,
after the custom of the priesthood, he went forth by lot [by sort he went forth], and entered into the temple [of the Lord], to incense.
And all the multitude of the people was withoutforth, and prayed in the hour of incensing [praying in the hour of incense].
And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, and stood on the right half of the altar of incense [standing on the right half of the altar of incense].