Luke 1:26-66

Jesus’ birth foretold

26 When Elizabeth was six months pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee,
27 to a virgin who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David's house. The virgin's name was Mary.
28 When the angel came to her, he said, "Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!"
29 She was confused by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 The angel said, "Don't be afraid, Mary. God is honoring you.
31 Look! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.
32 He will be great and he will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father.
33 He will rule over Jacob's house forever, and there will be no end to his kingdom."
34 Then Mary said to the angel, "How will this happen since I haven't had sexual relations with a man?"
35 The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come over you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the one who is to be born will be holy. He will be called God's Son.
36 Look, even in her old age, your relative Elizabeth has conceived a son. This woman who was labeled ‘unable to conceive' is now six months pregnant.
37 Nothing is impossible for God."
38 Then Mary said, "I am the Lord's servant. Let it be with me just as you have said." Then the angel left her.

Mary visits Elizabeth

39 Mary got up and hurried to a city in the Judean highlands.
40 She entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42 With a loud voice she blurted out, "God has blessed you above all women, and he has blessed the child you carry.
43 Why do I have this honor, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 As soon as I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.
45 Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her."

Mary praises God

46 Mary said, "With all my heart I glorify the Lord!
47 In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.
48 He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant. Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored
49 because the mighty one has done great things for me. Holy is his name.
50 He shows mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors him as God.
51 He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations.
52 He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones and lifted up the lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty-handed.
54 He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, remembering his mercy,
55 just as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to Abraham's descendants forever."
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned to her home.
57 When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a boy.
58 Her neighbors and relatives celebrated with her because they had heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy.
59 On the eighth day, it came time to circumcise the child. They wanted to name him Zechariah because that was his father's name.
60 But his mother replied, "No, his name will be John."
61 They said to her, "None of your relatives have that name."
62 Then they began gesturing to his father to see what he wanted to call him.
63 After asking for a tablet, he surprised everyone by writing, "His name is John."
64 At that moment, Zechariah was able to speak again, and he began praising God.
65 All their neighbors were filled with awe, and everyone throughout the Judean highlands talked about what had happened.
66 All who heard about this considered it carefully. They said, "What then will this child be?" Indeed, the Lord's power was with him.
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