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Luke 1 :: American Standard Version (ASV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:1 - Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to draw up a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:2 - even as they delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:3 - it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:4 - that thou mightest know the certainty concerning the things wherein thou wast instructed.

Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:5 - There was in the days of Herod, king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abijah: and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:6 - And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:7 - And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:8 - Now it came to pass, while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:9 - according to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:10 - And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the hour of incense.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:11 - And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:12 - And Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:13 - But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: because thy supplication is heard, and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:14 - And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:15 - For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:16 - And many of the children of Israel shall he turn unto the Lord their God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:17 - And he shall go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to walk in the wisdom of the just; to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:18 - And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:19 - And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak unto thee, and to bring thee these good tidings.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:20 - And behold, thou shalt be silent and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall come to pass, because thou believedst not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:21 - And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marvelled while he tarried in the temple.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:22 - And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: and he continued making signs unto them, and remained dumb.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:23 - And it came to pass, when the days of his ministration were fulfilled, he departed unto his house.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:24 - And after these days Elisabeth his wife conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:25 - Thus hath the Lord done unto me in the days wherein he looked upon me, to take away my reproach among men.

Jesus' Birth Foretold

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:26 - Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:27 - to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:28 - And he came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:29 - But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this might be.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:30 - And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:31 - And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:32 - He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:33 - and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:34 - And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:35 - And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:36 - And behold, Elisabeth thy kinswoman, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that was called barren.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:37 - For no word from God shall be void of power.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:38 - And Mary said, Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:39 - And Mary arose in these days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:40 - and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:41 - And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:42 - and she lifted up her voice with a loud cry, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:43 - And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come unto me?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:44 - For behold, when the voice of thy salutation came into mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:45 - And blessed is she that believed; for there shall be a fulfilment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord.

The Magnificat

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:46 - And Mary said,
My soul doth magnify the Lord,
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And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
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For he hath looked upon the low estate of his handmaid:
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
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For he that is mighty hath done to me great things;
And holy is his name.
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And his mercy is unto generations and generations
On them that fear him.
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He hath showed strength with his arm;
He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.
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He hath put down princes from their thrones,
And hath exalted them of low degree.
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The hungry he hath filled with good things;
And the rich he hath sent empty away.
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He hath given help to Israel his servant,
That he might remember mercy
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(As he spake unto our fathers)
Toward Abraham and his seed for ever.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:56 - And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned unto her house.

John Is Born

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:57 - Now Elisabeth’s time was fulfilled that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:58 - And her neighbors and her kinsfolk heard that the Lord had magnified his mercy towards her; and they rejoiced with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:59 - And it came to pass on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:60 - And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:61 - And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:62 - And they made signs to his father, what he would have him called.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:63 - And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:64 - And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, blessing God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:65 - And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:66 - And all that heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, What then shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.

Zacharias's Prophecy

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:67 - And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,
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Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
For he hath visited and wrought redemption for his people,
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And hath raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of his servant David
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(As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets that have been from of old),
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Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
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To show mercy towards our fathers,
And to remember his holy covenant;
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The oath which he sware unto Abraham our father,
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To grant unto us that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies
Should serve him without fear,
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In holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
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Yea and thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Most High:
For thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to make ready his ways;
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To give knowledge of salvation unto his people
In the remission of their sins,
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Because of the tender mercy of our God,
Whereby the dayspring from on high shall visit us,
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To shine upon them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death;
To guide our feet into the way of peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:80 - And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.

Thomas Nelson & Sons first published the American Standard Version in 1901. This translation of the Bible is in the public domain.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
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