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Luke 1



1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us,
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,
2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us,
2 using reports handed down by the original eyewitnesses who served this Word with their very lives.
3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,
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,
4 that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.
4 so you can know beyond the shadow of a doubt the reliability of what you were taught. A Childless Couple Conceives
5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah,of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
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.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.
6 Together they lived honorably before God, careful in keeping to the ways of the commandments and enjoying a clear conscience before God.
7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.
7 But they were childless because Elizabeth could never conceive, and now they were quite old.
8 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty,
8 It so happened that as Zachariah was carrying out his priestly duties before God, working the shift assigned to his regiment,
9 according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
9 it came his one turn in life to enter the sanctuary of God and burn incense.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.
10 The congregation was gathered and praying outside the Temple at the hour of the incense offering.
11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
11 Unannounced, an angel of God appeared just to the right of the altar of incense.
12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.
12 Zachariah was paralyzed in fear.
13 But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
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.
14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,
14 You're going to leap like a gazelle for joy, and not only you - many will delight in his birth.
15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.
15 He'll achieve great stature with God.
16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God,
16 He will turn many sons and daughters of Israel back to their God.
17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 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 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."
18 And Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years."
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."
19 And the angel answered him, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.
19 But the angel said, "I am Gabriel, the sentinel of God, sent especially to bring you this glad news.
20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time."
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."
21 And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple.
21 Meanwhile, the congregation waiting for Zachariah was getting restless, wondering what was keeping him so long in the sanctuary.
22 And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute.
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.
23 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.
23 When the course of his priestly assignment was completed, he went back home.[
24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying,
24 It wasn't long before his wife, Elizabeth, conceived. She went off by herself for five months, relishing her pregnancy.
25 "Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people."
25 "So, this is how God acts to remedy my unfortunate condition!" she said.
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth
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 engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin's name, Mary.
28 And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!"
28 Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her: Good morning! You're beautiful with God's beauty, Beautiful inside and out! God be with you.
29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.
29 She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that.
30 And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
30 But the angel assured her, "Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you:
31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
31 You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his 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, be called 'Son of the Highest.' The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David;
33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
33 He will rule Jacob's house forever - no end, ever, to his kingdom."
34 And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?"
34 Mary said to the angel, "But how? I've never slept with a man."
35 And the angel answered 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, the power of the Highest hover over you; Therefore, the child you bring to birth will be called Holy, Son of God.
36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.
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!
37 For nothing will be impossible with God."
37 Nothing, you see, is impossible with God."
38 And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
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
39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah,
39 Mary didn't waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country,
40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
40 straight to Zachariah's house, and greeted Elizabeth.
41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit,
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She 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 and sang out exuberantly, You're so blessed among women, and the babe in your womb, also blessed!
43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
43 And why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me?
44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
44 The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears, The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy.
45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."
45 Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true!
46 And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord,
46 And Mary said, I'm bursting with God-news;
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
47 I'm dancing the song of my Savior God.
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
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,
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
49 the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
50 His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him.
51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
51 He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts.
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;
52 He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud.
53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
53 The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold.
54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
54 He embraced his chosen child, Israel; he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever."
55 It's exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now.
56 And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home.
57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.
57 When Elizabeth was full-term in her pregnancy, she bore a son.
58 And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.
58 Her neighbors and relatives, seeing that God had overwhelmed her with mercy, celebrated with her.
59 And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father,
59 On the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child and were calling him Zachariah after his father.
60 but his mother answered, "No; he shall be called John."
60 But his mother intervened: "No. He is to be called John."
61 And they said to her, "None of your relatives is called by this name."
61 "But," they said, "no one in your family is named that."
62 And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called.
62 They used sign language to ask Zachariah what he wanted him named.
63 And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, "His name is John." And they all wondered.
63 Asking for a tablet, Zachariah wrote, "His name is to be John." That took everyone by surprise.
64 And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God.
64 Surprise followed surprise - Zachariah's mouth was now open, his tongue loose, and he was talking, praising God!
65 And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea,
65 A deep, reverential fear settled over the neighborhood, and in all that Judean hill country people talked about nothing else.
66 and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For the hand of the Lord was with him.
66 Everyone who heard about it took it to heart, wondering, "What will become of this child? Clearly, God has his hand in this."
67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,
67 Then Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied,
68 "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people
68 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he came and set his people free.
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David,
69 He set the power of salvation in the center of our lives, and in the very house of David his servant,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
70 Just as he promised long ago through the preaching of his holy prophets:
71 that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us;
71 Deliverance from our enemies and every hateful hand;
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,
72 Mercy to our fathers, as he remembers to do what he said he'd do,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
73 What he swore to our father Abraham -
74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,
74 a clean rescue from the enemy camp, So we can worship him without a care in the world,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
75 made holy before him as long as we live.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
76 And you, my child, "Prophet of the Highest," will go ahead of the Master to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,
77 Present the offer of salvation to his people, the forgiveness of their sins.
78 because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit usfrom on high
78 Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God's Sunrise will break in upon us,
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
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.
80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
80 The child grew up, healthy and spirited. He lived out in the desert until the day he made his prophetic debut in Israel.
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Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved.