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Luke 1

1:2  even as they delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses1 and ministers of the word2,

1:3  it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first1, to write unto thee in order2, most excellent Theophilus3;

1:4  that thou mightest know the certainty1 concerning the things wherein thou wast instructed2.

1:5  There was in the days of Herod, king of Judaea1, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abijah2: and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

1:6  And they were both righteous before God1, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless2.

1:7  And they had no child1, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were [now] well stricken in years2.

1:8  Now it came to pass, while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course1,

1:9  according to the custom of the priest's office1, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord2 and burn incense3.

1:10  And the whole multitude of the people1 were praying2 without3 at the hour of incense.

1:11  And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord1 standing on the right side2 of altar of incense.

1:12  And Zacharias was troubled when he saw [him], and fear fell upon him1.

1:13  But the angel said unto him, Fear not1, Zacharias: because thy supplication is heard, and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John2.

1:14  And thou shalt have joy and gladness1; and many shall rejoice at his birth2.

1:15  For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord1, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink2; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit3, even from his mother's womb4.

1:16  And many of the children of Israel shall be turn unto the Lord their God1.

1:17  And he shall go before his face1 in the spirit and power of Elijah2, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children3, and the disobedient [to walk] in the wisdom of the just; to make ready for the Lord a people prepared [for him]4.

1:18  And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this1? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years2.

1:19  And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel1, that stand in the presence of God2; and I was sent to speak unto thee, and to bring thee these good tidings3.

1:20  And behold, thou shalt be silent and not able to speak1, until the day that these things shall come to pass, because thou believedst not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

1:21  And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marvelled while he tarried in the temple1.

1:22  And when he came out, he could not speak unto them1: and they perceived2 that he had seen a vision in the temple3: and he continued making signs unto them, and remained dumb.

1:23  And it came to pass, when the days of his ministration were fulfilled1, he departed unto his house2.

1:24  And after these days Elisabeth his wife conceived; and she hid herself1 five months2, saying,

1:25  Thus hath the Lord done unto me in the days wherein he looked upon [me]1, to take away my reproach among men2.

1:26  Now in the sixth month1 the angel Gabriel was sent from God2 unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth3,

1:27  to a virgin betrothed to a man1 whose name was Joseph, of the house of David2; and the virgin's name was Mary3.

1:28  And he came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord [is] with thee1.

1:29  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this might be1.

1:30  And the angel said unto her, Fear not1, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.

1:31  And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS1.

1:32  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High1: and the Lord God shall give unto him2 the throne3 of his father David4:

1:33  and he shall reign over the house of Jacob1 for ever2; and of his kingdom there shall be no end3.

1:34  And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man1?

1:35  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee2, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow1 thee: wherefore also the holy thing3 which is begotten4 shall be called the Son of God5.

1:36  And behold, Elisabeth thy kinswoman, she also hath conceived a son in her old age1; and this is the sixth month with her that was called barren.

1:37  For no word from God shall be void of power1.

1:38  And Mary said, Behold, the handmaid of the Lord1; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

1:39  And Mary arose in these days1 and went into the hill country2 with haste3, into a city of Judah;

1:41  And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb1; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit2;

1:42  and she lifted up her voice with a loud cry1, and said, Blessed [art] thou among women, and blessed [is] the fruit of thy womb2.

1:43  And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord2 should come unto me?

1:44  For behold, when the voice of thy salutation came into mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy1.

1:45  And blessed [is] she that believed1; for there shall be a fulfilment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord.

1:46  And Mary said1, My soul doth magnify2 the Lord,

1:48  For he hath looked upon the low estate of his handmaid1: For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed2.

1:49  For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; And holy is his name1.

1:50  And his mercy is unto generations and generations1 On them that fear him2.

1:51  He hath showed strength with his arm1; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.

1:53  The hungry he hath filled with good things; And the rich he hath sent empty away1.

1:55  (As he spake unto our fathers) Toward Abraham1 and his seed for ever2.

1:56  And Mary abode with her about three months1, and returned2 unto her house.

1:57  Now Elisabeth's time was fulfilled that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.

1:58  And her neighbors and her kinsfolk heard that the Lord had magnified his mercy towards her1; and they rejoiced with her.

1:59  And it came to pass on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child1; and they would have called him Zacharias, after the name of the father2.

1:60  And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John1.

1:61  And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name1.

1:62  And they made signs to his father, what he would have him called1.

1:63  And he asked for a writing tablet1, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all2.

1:64  And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue [loosed]1, and he spake, blessing God2.

1:65  And fear came on all that dwelt round about them1: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea2.

1:66  And all that heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, What then shall this child be1? For the hand of the Lord was with him.

1:67  And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied1, saying,

1:68  Blessed1 [be] the Lord, the God of Israel; For he hath visited2 and wrought redemption for his people,

1:69  And hath raised up a horn of salvation for us1 In the house of his servant David2

1:70  (As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets that have been from of old)1,

1:71  Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us1;

1:72  To show mercy towards, our fathers, And to remember his holy covenant1;

1:73  The oath which he spake unto Abraham our father1,

1:75  In holiness and righteousness before him all our days1.

1:76  Yea and thou, child1, shalt be called the prophet of the Most High2: For thou shalt go before the face of the Lord3 to make ready his ways4;

1:77  To give knowledge of salvation unto his people1 In the remission of their sins2,

1:78  Because of the tender mercy of our God, Whereby the dayspring from on high1 shall visit us,

1:79  To shine upon them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death; To guide our feet into the way of peace1.

1:80  And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit1, and was in the deserts2 till the day of his showing unto Israel3.

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