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Luke 1:1–80

The Purpose and Method of Luke’s Gospel

1 Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those athings which 1have been fulfilled among us, just as those who bfrom the beginning were ceyewitnesses and ministers of the word ddelivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having 2had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, emost excellent Theophilus, fthat you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.

Zacharias Ministers in the Temple

There was gin the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, hof the division of iAbijah. His jwife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.

So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, 3his lot fell kto burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 lAnd the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.

An Angel Announces the Birth of John the Baptist

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of mthe altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, nhe was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and oyou shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and pmany will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be qgreat in the sight of the Lord, and rshall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, seven from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 tHe will also 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 a people prepared for the Lord.”

Zacharias is Unable to Speak

18 And Zacharias said to the angel, u“How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”

19 And the angel answered and said to him, “I am vGabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you 4these glad wtidings. 20 But behold, xyou will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”

21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. 22 But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.

23 So it was, as soon as ythe days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. 24 Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, 25 “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to ztake away my reproach among people.”

Gabriel Announces Christ’s Birth

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin abetrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, b“Rejoice, highly favored one, cthe Lord is with you; 5blessed are you among women!”

29 But 6when she saw him, dshe was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found efavor with God. 31 fAnd behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and gshall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, hand will be called the Son of the Highest; and ithe Lord God will give Him the jthrone of His kfather David. 33 lAnd He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Mary Miraculously Conceives

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I 7do not know a man?”

35 And the angel answered and said to her, mThe Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called nthe Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For owith God nothing will be impossible.”

38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, pto a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was qfilled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, r“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 sBlessed is she who 8believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

46 And Mary said:

t“My soul 9magnifies the Lord,

47 And my spirit has urejoiced in vGod my Savior.

48 For wHe has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;

For behold, henceforth xall generations will call me blessed.

49 For He who is mighty yhas done great things for me,

And zholy is His name.

50 And aHis mercy is on those who fear Him

From generation to generation.

51 bHe has shown strength with His arm;

cHe has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 dHe has put down the mighty from their thrones,

And exalted the lowly.

53 He has efilled the hungry with good things,

And the rich He has sent away empty.

54 He has helped His fservant Israel,

gIn remembrance of His mercy,

55 hAs He spoke to our ifathers,

To Abraham and to his jseed forever.”

56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house.

Elizabeth Gives Birth to John

57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. 58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they krejoiced with her.

59 So it was, lon the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. 60 His mother answered and said, m“No; he shall be called John.”

61 But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.” 62 So they made signs to his father—what he would have him called.

63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God. 65 Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea. 66 And all those who heard them nkept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And othe hand of the Lord was with him.

Zacharias Prophesies of John’s Ministry

67 Now his father Zacharias pwas filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:

68 “Blessed qis the Lord God of Israel,

For rHe has visited and redeemed His people,

69 sAnd has raised up a horn of salvation for us

In the house of His servant David,

70 tAs He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets,

Who have been usince the world began,

71 That we should be saved from our enemies

And from the hand of all who hate us,

72 vTo perform the mercy promised to our fathers

And to remember His holy covenant,

73 wThe oath which He swore to our father Abraham:

74 To grant us that we,

Being delivered from the hand of our enemies,

Might xserve Him without fear,

75 yIn holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.

76 “And you, child, will be called the zprophet of the Highest;

For ayou will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,

77 To give bknowledge of salvation to His people

By the remission of their sins,

78 Through the tender mercy of our God,

With which the 1Dayspring from on high 2has visited us;

79 cTo give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,

To dguide our feet into the way of peace.”

80 So ethe child grew and became strong in spirit, and fwas in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.

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