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Luke 1

MSG 1 So many others have tried their hand at putting together a story of the wonderful harvest of Scripture and history that took place among us, NIV 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, MSG 2 using reports handed down by the original eyewitnesses who served this Word with their very lives. NIV 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. MSG 3 Since I have investigated all the reports in close detail, starting from the story's beginning, I decided to write it all out for you, most honorable Theophilus, NIV 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, MSG 4 so you can know beyond the shadow of a doubt the reliability of what you were taught. A Childless Couple Conceives NIV 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. MSG 5 During the rule of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest assigned service in the regiment of Abijah. His name was Zachariah. His wife was descended from the daughters of Aaron. Her name was Elizabeth. NIV 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. MSG 6 Together they lived honorably before God, careful in keeping to the ways of the commandments and enjoying a clear conscience before God. NIV 6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. MSG 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth could never conceive, and now they were quite old. NIV 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old. MSG 8 It so happened that as Zachariah was carrying out his priestly duties before God, working the shift assigned to his regiment, NIV 8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, MSG 9 it came his one turn in life to enter the sanctuary of God and burn incense. NIV 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. MSG 10 The congregation was gathered and praying outside the Temple at the hour of the incense offering. NIV 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside. MSG 11 Unannounced, an angel of God appeared just to the right of the altar of incense. NIV 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. MSG 12 Zachariah was paralyzed in fear. NIV 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. MSG 13 But the angel reassured him, "Don't fear, Zachariah. Your prayer has been heard. Elizabeth, your wife, will bear a son by you. You are to name him John. NIV 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 call him John. MSG 14 You're going to leap like a gazelle for joy, and not only you - many will delight in his birth. NIV 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, MSG 15 He'll achieve great stature with God. NIV 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 before he is born. MSG 16 He will turn many sons and daughters of Israel back to their God. NIV 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. MSG 17 He will herald God's arrival in the style and strength of Elijah, soften the hearts of parents to children, and kindle devout understanding among hardened skeptics - he'll get the people ready for God." NIV 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” MSG 18 Zachariah said to the angel, "Do you expect me to believe this? I'm an old man and my wife is an old woman." NIV 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.” MSG 19 But the angel said, "I am Gabriel, the sentinel of God, sent especially to bring you this glad news. NIV 19 The angel said to him, “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. MSG 20 But because you won't believe me, you'll be unable to say a word until the day of your son's birth. Every word I've spoken to you will come true on time - God's time." NIV 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 appointed time.” MSG 21 Meanwhile, the congregation waiting for Zachariah was getting restless, wondering what was keeping him so long in the sanctuary. NIV 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. MSG 22 When he came out and couldn't speak, they knew he had seen a vision. He continued speechless and had to use sign language with the people. NIV 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. MSG 23 When the course of his priestly assignment was completed, he went back home.[ NIV 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. MSG 24 It wasn't long before his wife, Elizabeth, conceived. She went off by herself for five months, relishing her pregnancy. NIV 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. MSG 25 "So, this is how God acts to remedy my unfortunate condition!" she said. NIV 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.” MSG 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth NIV 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, MSG 27 to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin's name, Mary. NIV 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. MSG 28 Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her: Good morning! You're beautiful with God's beauty, Beautiful inside and out! God be with you. NIV 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” MSG 29 She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. NIV 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. MSG 30 But the angel assured her, "Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: NIV 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. MSG 31 You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus. NIV 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. MSG 32 He will be great, be called 'Son of the Highest.' The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David; NIV 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, MSG 33 He will rule Jacob's house forever - no end, ever, to his kingdom." NIV 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” MSG 34 Mary said to the angel, "But how? I've never slept with a man." NIV 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” MSG 35 The angel answered, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Highest hover over you; Therefore, the child you bring to birth will be called Holy, Son of God. NIV 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on 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. MSG 36 "And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months' pregnant! NIV 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. MSG 37 Nothing, you see, is impossible with God." NIV 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” MSG 38 And Mary said, Yes, I see it all now: I'm the Lord's maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say. Then the angel left her. Blessed Among Women NIV 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. MSG 39 Mary didn't waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, NIV 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, MSG 40 straight to Zachariah's house, and greeted Elizabeth. NIV 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. MSG 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, NIV 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. MSG 42 and sang out exuberantly, You're so blessed among women, and the babe in your womb, also blessed! NIV 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! MSG 43 And why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me? NIV 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? MSG 44 The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears, The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy. NIV 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. MSG 45 Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true! NIV 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” MSG 46 And Mary said, I'm bursting with God-news; NIV 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord MSG 47 I'm dancing the song of my Savior God. NIV 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, MSG 48 God took one good look at me, and look what happened - I'm the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten, NIV 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, MSG 49 the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others. NIV 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. MSG 50 His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him. NIV 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. MSG 51 He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts. NIV 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. MSG 52 He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. NIV 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. MSG 53 The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold. NIV 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. MSG 54 He embraced his chosen child, Israel; he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high. NIV 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful MSG 55 It's exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now. NIV 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” MSG 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home. NIV 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. MSG 57 When Elizabeth was full-term in her pregnancy, she bore a son. NIV 57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. MSG 58 Her neighbors and relatives, seeing that God had overwhelmed her with mercy, celebrated with her. NIV 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. MSG 59 On the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child and were calling him Zachariah after his father. NIV 59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, MSG 60 But his mother intervened: "No. He is to be called John." NIV 60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” MSG 61 "But," they said, "no one in your family is named that." NIV 61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.” MSG 62 They used sign language to ask Zachariah what he wanted him named. NIV 62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. MSG 63 Asking for a tablet, Zachariah wrote, "His name is to be John." That took everyone by surprise. NIV 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” MSG 64 Surprise followed surprise - Zachariah's mouth was now open, his tongue loose, and he was talking, praising God! NIV 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. MSG 65 A deep, reverential fear settled over the neighborhood, and in all that Judean hill country people talked about nothing else. NIV 65 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. MSG 66 Everyone who heard about it took it to heart, wondering, "What will become of this child? Clearly, God has his hand in this." NIV 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him. MSG 67 Then Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, NIV 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: MSG 68 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he came and set his people free. NIV 68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. MSG 69 He set the power of salvation in the center of our lives, and in the very house of David his servant, NIV 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David MSG 70 Just as he promised long ago through the preaching of his holy prophets: NIV 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), MSG 71 Deliverance from our enemies and every hateful hand; NIV 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us— MSG 72 Mercy to our fathers, as he remembers to do what he said he'd do, NIV 72 to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, MSG 73 What he swore to our father Abraham - NIV 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: MSG 74 a clean rescue from the enemy camp, So we can worship him without a care in the world, NIV 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear MSG 75 made holy before him as long as we live. NIV 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. MSG 76 And you, my child, "Prophet of the Highest," will go ahead of the Master to prepare his ways, NIV 76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, MSG 77 Present the offer of salvation to his people, the forgiveness of their sins. NIV 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, MSG 78 Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God's Sunrise will break in upon us, NIV 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven MSG 79 Shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, Then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace. NIV 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” MSG 80 The child grew up, healthy and spirited. He lived out in the desert until the day he made his prophetic debut in Israel. NIV 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit ; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.

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