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Luke 1 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:1 - Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things [fn]accomplished among us,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:2 - just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning [fn]were eyewitnesses and [fn]servants of the [fn]word,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:3 - it seemed fitting for me as well, having [fn]investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:4 - so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been [fn]taught.

Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:5 - In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named [fn]Zacharias, of the division of [fn]Abijah; and he had a wife [fn]from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:6 - They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:7 - But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in [fn]years.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:8 - Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:10 - And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:11 - And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:12 - Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear [fn]gripped him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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 [fn]give him the name John.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:14 - “You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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 [fn]while yet in his mother’s womb.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:16 - “And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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 [fn]years.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:19 - The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who [fn]stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:21 - The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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 [fn]making signs to them, and remained mute.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:23 - When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:24 - After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she [fn]kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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.”

Jesus' Birth Foretold

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:26 - Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:27 - to a virgin [fn]engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the [fn]descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was [fn]Mary.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:28 - And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, [fn]favored one! The Lord [fn]is with you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:29 - But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:30 - The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:31 - “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:33 - and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:34 - Mary said to the angel, “How [fn]can this be, since I [fn]am a virgin?”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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 [fn]holy Child shall be called the Son of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:36 - “And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and [fn]she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:37 - “For [fn]nothing will be impossible with God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:38 - And Mary said, “Behold, the [fn]bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:39 - Now [fn]at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:40 - and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:41 - When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:43 - “And [fn]how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:44 - “For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:45 - “And blessed is she who [fn]believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her [fn]by the Lord.”

The Magnificat

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:46 - And Mary said:
“My soul [fn]exalts the Lord,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:47 - And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:48 - “For He has had regard for the humble state of His [fn]bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:49 - “For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:51 - “He has done [fn]mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the [fn]thoughts of their heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:52 - “He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has exalted those who were humble.
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:54 - “He has given help to Israel His servant,
[fn]In remembrance of His mercy,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:55 - As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and his [fn]descendants forever.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:56 - And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.

John Is Born

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:57 - Now the time [fn]had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:58 - Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had [fn]displayed His great mercy toward her; and they were rejoicing with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:59 - And it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias, [fn]after his father.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:60 - But his mother answered and said, “No indeed; but he shall be called John.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:61 - And they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:62 - And they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:63 - And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, “His name is John.” And they were all astonished.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:64 - And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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.

Zacharias's Prophecy

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:67 - And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:68 - “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:69 - And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David His servant
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:70 - As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:71 - [fn]Salvation FROM OUR ENEMIES,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:72 - To show mercy toward our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:73 - The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:74 - To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:75 - In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:76 - “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:77 - To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
[fn]By the forgiveness of their sins,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:78 - Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 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.
NASB95 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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