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Luke 1:39–80

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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