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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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was afilled with the Holy Spirit.
46 And Mary said:
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me bblessed.
And holy is His name.
Toward those who fear Him.
He has scattered those who were proud in the 2thoughts of their heart.
And has aexalted those who were humble.
53 “aHe has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
1In remembrance of His mercy,
55 aAs He spoke to our fathers,
57 Now the time 1had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son.
60 But his mother answered and said, “No indeed; but ahe shall be called John.”
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.
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—
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,
Might serve Him without fear,
75 aIn holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
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.
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