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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Luke 1:5–2:52

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Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

5 aIn the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named 1Zacharias, of the bdivision of 2Abijah; and he had a wife 3from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

6 They were both arighteous in the sight of God, walking bblamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.

7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in 1years.

8 Now it happened that while ahe was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division,

9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot ato enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer aoutside at the hour of the incense offering.

11 And aan angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.

12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and afear 1gripped him.

13 But the angel said to him, “aDo not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and byou will 1give him the name John.

14 “You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.

15 “For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will adrink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit 1while yet in his mother’s womb.

16 “And he will aturn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God.

17 “It is he who will ago as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of bElijah, cto turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to amake ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

18 Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For aI am an old man and my wife is advanced in 1years.”

19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am aGabriel, who 1bstands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.

20 “And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”

21 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.

22 But 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 akept 1making signs to them, and remained mute.

23 When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.

24 After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she 1kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying,

25 “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to atake away my disgrace among men.”

Jesus’ Birth Foretold

26 Now in the sixth month the angel aGabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called bNazareth,

27 to aa virgin 1engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, bof the 2descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was 3Mary.

28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, 1favored one! The Lord 2is with you.”

29 But she awas very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.

30 The angel said to her, “aDo not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.

31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you ashall name Him Jesus.

32 “He will be great and will be called the Son of athe Most High; and the Lord God will give Him bthe throne of His father David;

33 aand He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, band His kingdom will have no end.”

34 Mary said to the angel, “How 1can this be, since I 2am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered and said to her, “aThe Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of bthe Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason cthe 1holy Child shall be called dthe Son of God.

36 “And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and 1she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.

37 “For 1anothing will be impossible with God.”

38 And 1Mary said, “Behold, the 2bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 Now 1at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to athe hill country, to a city of Judah,

40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.

41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was afilled with the Holy Spirit.

42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

43 “And 1how has it happened to me, that the mother of amy Lord would come to me?

44 “For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.

45 “And ablessed is she who 1believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her 2by the Lord.”

The Magnificat

46 And Mary said:

aMy soul 1bexalts the Lord,

47 And amy spirit has rejoiced in bGod my Savior.

48 “For aHe has had regard for the humble state of His 1bondslave;

For behold, from this time on all generations will count me bblessed.

49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me;

And holy is His name.

50 “aAnd His mercy is 1upon generation after generation

Toward those who fear Him.

51 “aHe has done 1mighty deeds with His arm;

He has scattered those who were proud in the 2thoughts of their heart.

52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones,

And has aexalted those who were humble.

53 “aHe has filled the hungry with good things;

And sent away the rich empty-handed.

54 “He has given help to Israel His servant,

1In remembrance of His mercy,

55 aAs He spoke to our fathers,

bTo Abraham and his 1descendants forever.”

56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.

John Is Born

57 Now the time 1had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son.

58 Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had 1adisplayed His great mercy toward her; and they were rejoicing with her.

59 And it happened that on athe eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias, 1after his father.

60 But his mother answered and said, “No indeed; but ahe shall be called John.”

61 And they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.”

62 And they amade signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called.

63 And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, “aHis name is John.” And they were all astonished.

64 aAnd at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God.

65 Fear came on all those living around them; and all these matters were being talked about in all athe hill country of Judea.

66 All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, “What then will this child turn out to be?” For athe hand of the Lord was certainly with him.

Zacharias’s Prophecy

67 And his father Zacharias awas filled with the Holy Spirit, and bprophesied, saying:

68 “aBlessed be the Lord God of Israel,

For He has visited us and accomplished bredemption for His people,

69 And has raised up a ahorn of salvation for us

In the house of David bHis servant—

70 aAs He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets bfrom of old—

71 1aSalvation bfrom our enemies,

And from the hand of all who hate us;

72 aTo show mercy toward our fathers,

bAnd to remember His holy covenant,

73 aThe oath which He swore to Abraham our father,

74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,

Might serve Him without fear,

75 aIn holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.

76 “And you, child, will be called the aprophet of bthe Most High;

For you will go on cbefore the Lord to dprepare His ways;

77 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation

1By athe forgiveness of their sins,

78 Because of the tender mercy of our God,

With which athe Sunrise from on high will visit us,

79 aTo shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,

To guide our feet into the bway of peace.”

80 aAnd the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

Chapter 2

Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem

1 Now in those days a decree went out from aCaesar Augustus, that a census be taken of ball 1the inhabited earth.

2 1This was the first census taken while 2Quirinius was governor of aSyria.

3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.

4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because ahe was of the house and family of David,

5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.

6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.

7 And she agave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a 1manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And aan angel of the Lord suddenly bstood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

10 But the angel said to them, “aDo not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;

11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a aSavior, who is 1bChrist cthe Lord.

12 “aThis will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a 1manger.”

13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “aGlory to God in the highest,

And on earth peace among men 1bwith whom He is pleased.”

15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”

16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the 1manger.

17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.

18 And all who heard it wondered at the things

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I.e. Zechariah

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Gr Abia

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I.e. of priestly descent

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Or fell upon

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Or betrothed; i.e. the first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night. More legal than engagement

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