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Luke 1 :: New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Luk 1:1

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things fnaccomplished among us,

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Luk 1:2

just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning fnwere eyewitnesses and fnservants of the fnword,

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Luk 1:3

it seemed fitting for me as well, having fninvestigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus;

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Luk 1:4

so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been fntaught.

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Luk 1:5

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named fnZacharias, of the division of fnAbijah; and he had a wife fnfrom the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

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Luk 1:6

They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.

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Luk 1:7

But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in fnyears.

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Luk 1:8

Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division,

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Luk 1:9

according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

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Luk 1:10

And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering.

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Luk 1:11

And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.

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Luk 1:12

Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear fngripped him.

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Luk 1:13

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will fngive him the name John.

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Luk 1:14

“You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.

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Luk 1:15

“For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit fnwhile yet in his mother’s womb.

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Luk 1:16

“And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God.

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Luk 1:17

“It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

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Luk 1:18

Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in fnyears.”

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Luk 1:19

The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who fnstands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.

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Luk 1:20

“And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”

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Luk 1:21

The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.

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Luk 1:22

But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he kept fnmaking signs to them, and remained mute.

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Luk 1:23

When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.

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Luk 1:24

After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she fnkept herself in seclusion for five months, saying,

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Luk 1:25

“This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men.”

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Luk 1:26

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,

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Luk 1:27

to a virgin fnengaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the fndescendants of David; and the virgin’s name was fnMary.

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Luk 1:28

And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, fnfavored one! The Lord fnis with you.”

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Luk 1:29

But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.

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Luk 1:30

The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.

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Luk 1:31

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.

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Luk 1:32

“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;

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Luk 1:33

and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”

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Luk 1:34

Mary said to the angel, “How fncan this be, since I fnam a virgin?”

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Luk 1:35

The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the fnholy Child shall be called the Son of God.

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Luk 1:36

“And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and fnshe who was called barren is now in her sixth month.

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Luk 1:37

“For fnnothing will be impossible with God.”

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Luk 1:38

And Mary said, “Behold, the fnbondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

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Luk 1:39

Now fnat this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah,

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Luk 1:40

and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.

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Luk 1:41

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

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Luk 1:42

And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

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Luk 1:43

“And fnhow has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?

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Luk 1:44

“For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.

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Luk 1:45

“And blessed is she who fnbelieved that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her fnby the Lord.”

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Luk 1:46

And Mary said:
“My soul fnexalts the Lord,

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Luk 1:47

And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

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Luk 1:48

“For He has had regard for the humble state of His fnbondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.

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Luk 1:49

“For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.

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Luk 1:50


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Luk 1:51

“He has done fnmighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the fnthoughts of their heart.

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Luk 1:52

“He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has exalted those who were humble.

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Luk 1:53

And sent away the rich empty-handed.

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Luk 1:54

“He has given help to Israel His servant,
fnIn remembrance of His mercy,

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Luk 1:55

As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and his fndescendants forever.”

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Luk 1:56

And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.

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Luk 1:57

Now the time fnhad come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son.

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Luk 1:58

Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had fndisplayed His great mercy toward her; and they were rejoicing with her.

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Luk 1:59

And it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias, fnafter his father.

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Luk 1:60

But his mother answered and said, “No indeed; but he shall be called John.”

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Luk 1:61

And they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.”

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Luk 1:62

And they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called.

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Luk 1:63

And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, “His name is John.” And they were all astonished.

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Luk 1:64

And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God.

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Luk 1:65

Fear came on all those living around them; and all these matters were being talked about in all the hill country of Judea.

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Luk 1:66

All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, “What then will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.

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Luk 1:67

And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:

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Luk 1:68

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,

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Luk 1:69

And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David His servant—

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Luk 1:70

As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old—

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Luk 1:71


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Luk 1:72

To show mercy toward our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant,

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Luk 1:73

The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,

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Luk 1:74

To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,

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Luk 1:75

In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.

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Luk 1:76

“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;

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Luk 1:77

To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
fnBy the forgiveness of their sins,

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Luk 1:78

Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,

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Luk 1:79

To guide our feet into the way of peace.”

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Luk 1:80

And 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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NASB Footnotes

Or, on which there is full conviction
Literally: became
Or, ministers
I.e. gospel
Or, followed
Or, orally instructed in
I.e. Zechariah
Gr Abia
I.e. of priestly descent
Literally: days
Or, fell upon
Literally: call his name
Literally: from
Literally: days
Literally: stand beside
Or, beckoning to or nodding to
Literally: was hidden
Or, betrothed; i.e. the first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night. More legal than engagement
Literally: house
Gr Mariam; i.e. Heb Miriam; so throughout Luke
Or, woman richly blessed
Or, be
Literally: will
Literally: know no man
Literally: the holy thing begotten
Literally: this is the sixth month to her who
Literally: not any word
I.e. female slave
Literally: in these days
Literally: from where this to me
Or, believed, because there will be
Literally: from
Literally: makes great
I.e. female slave
Literally: unto generations and generations
Literally: might
Literally: thought, attitude
Literally: So as to remember
Literally: seed
Literally: was fulfilled
Literally: magnified
Literally: after the name of
Or, Deliverance
Or, Consisting in

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