have undertaken to 3draw
up a narrative concerning the 4matters
which have been fully accomplished among us,
Even as 1those
who from the beginning became aeyewitnesses
of the 3word
have 4delivered them
It seemed good to 1me
also, having carefully investigated all things from the first, to write them
out for you in an aorderly
fashion, most bexcellent 2cTheophilus
So that you may fully know the certainty of the things concerning which you were instructed.
The preparation of the Man-Savior in His humanity with His divinity
His forerunner's conception
In the days of aHerod
, king of Judea, there was a certain priest named Zachariah, of the 1course
of Abijah; and his wife was of the daughters of bAaron
, and her name was Elizabeth.
were both 2arighteous
before God, 3bwalking
in all the commandments and 4ordinances
of the Lord, cblameless
And they had 1no
child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in their days.
And while he served as priest in the aorder
of his course before God,
According to the custom of the priestly service, the lot fell to him to enter into the atemple
of the Lord and 1burn
And all the multitude of the people were 1apraying
outside at the hour of the burning of incense.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the aaltar
And Zachariah was troubled when he saw him,
fell upon him.
But the angel said to him, Do anot
be afraid, Zachariah, because your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will 1bear
you a son, and you shall call his name 2bJohn
And you will have joy and exultation, and many will rejoice at his birth.
For he will be agreat
in the sight of the Lord, and he shall by 1bno
means drink wine and liquor. And he will be filled with the 2cHoly
Spirit, even from his mother's dwomb
And many of the sons of Israel he will turn to the Lord their God.
And it is
will go abefore
Him in the spirit and power of 1Elijah
to turn the bhearts
of the fathers to the children, and the cdisobedient 2to
of the righteous, to dprepare
for the Lord a people made ready.
And Zachariah said to the angel, By what shall I know this? For I am an aold
man and my wife is advanced in 1years
And the aangel
answered and said to him, I am bGabriel
, who stands before God, and I was sent to speak to you and to announce the good news of these things to you.
And behold, you shall be asilent
and not able to speak until the day that these things happen, because you did 1not
believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.
And the people were waiting for Zachariah, and they marveled at his delaying in the atemple
And when he came out, he was not able to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a avision
in the temple. And he made signs to them and remained dumb.
And when the days of his service were fulfilled, he went to his house.
And after these days Elizabeth his wife conceived and stayed in seclusion for five months, saying,
In this way has the Lord dealt with me in the days in which He looked upon me
to take away my areproach
And in the sixth month the angel aGabriel
was sent from God to a city of 1Galilee
To a avirgin
engaged to a man named bJoseph
, of the house of 1cDavid
; and the virgin's name was Mary.
And he came to her and said, Rejoice, you who have been graced! The Lord is awith 1you
And she was greatly troubled at this saying and began reasoning what kind of greeting this might be.
And the angel said to her, Do anot
be afraid, Mary, for you have found bgrace
And behold, you will aconceive
womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name 1bJesus
He will be agreat
and will be called bSon
of the 1cMost
High; and the Lord God will give to Him the dthrone
And He will 1reign
over the house of Jacob aforever
, and of His 2kingdom
there will be bno
But Mary said to the angel, How will this be, since I have not known a man?
And the angel answered and said to her, The 1Holy
Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the aMost
High will 2overshadow
you; therefore also the 3bholy
thing which is born will be called the cSon
And behold, Elizabeth your relative, she also has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who is called barren,
Because no word will be 1aimpossible 2with
And Mary said, Behold, the slave of the Lord. May it happen to me according to your word. And the aangel
departed from her.
And Mary rose up in those days and went to the ahill
country with haste, to a city of Judah,
And entered into the house of Zachariah and greeted Elizabeth.
And when Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the 1baby
leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the aHoly
And she lifted up her voice with a loud cry and said, 1aBlessed
are you among women, and blessed is the 2bfruit
of your womb!
And how has this happened
to me, that the mother of my 1aLord
should come to me?
For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby leaped with exultation in my womb.
blessed is she who has 2abelieved
, because there will be a 3completion
of the things spoken to her from the Lord.
And Mary said, 1My asoul 2bmagnifies
And my aspirit 1has bexulted
in God my cSavior
Because He has alooked
upon the low estate of His slave. For behold, from now on all generations will count me bblessed
Because the 1aMighty
One has done bgreat
things for me, and choly
is His name.
And His 1amercy
is unto bgenerations
and generations, unto those who cfear
He has exercised might with His aarm
; He has scattered those who are bproud
in the understanding of their heart.
He has brought down apotentates
from thrones and has bexalted
He has filled with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has upheld Israel His aservant
He spoke to our fathers, to aAbraham
and to his seed forever.
And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.
His forerunner's birth and youth
Now the time was fulfilled for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.
And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had magnified His mercy with her, and they rejoiced with her.
And on the eighth day they came to acircumcise
the little child, and they tried to call him after the name of his father, Zachariah.
Yet his mother answered and said, No, but he shall be called aJohn
And they said to her, There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.
And they gestured to his father as to what he would want him to be called.
And asking for a tablet, he wrote, saying, John is his name. And they all marveled.
And his 1mouth
was opened instantly, and his atongue loosed,
and he began to speak, blessing God.
came on all those dwelling around them, and in all the bhill
country of Judea all these 1things
were spread about.
And all who heard these things
in their aheart
, saying, What then will this little child be? For indeed the hand of the Lord was bwith
And Zachariah his father was filled with the aHoly
Spirit and prophesied, saying,
be the Lord, the God of bIsrael
, because He has cvisited
and accomplished 1dredemption
for His people,
And raised a 1ahorn
of salvation for us in the house of bDavid
He spoke through the mouth of His holy aprophets 2from
of old —
from our enemies and from the bhand
of all who hate us,
To accomplish 1mercy
with our fathers and to 2aremember
His holy bcovenant
which He swore to Abraham our father,
To grant us that we, having been delivered out of the hand of our
enemies, might 1serve
Him without fear,
before Him all our days.
And you also, little child, shall be called a aprophet
of the bMost
High, for you will go cbefore
To give knowledge of asalvation
to His people by the bforgiveness
of their sins,
Because of the merciful acompassions
of our God, in which the rising 1bsun
us from on high,
To shine upon those sitting in adarkness
and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of bpeace
And the little child agrew
and became strong in 1spirit
, and he was in the bwilderness
until the day of his presentation to Israel.