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Luke 1 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:1 - Now many have undertaken to compile an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:2 - like the accounts passed on to us by those who were eyewitnesses and servants of the word from the beginning.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:3 - So it seemed good to me as well, because I have followed all things carefully from the beginning, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:4 - so that you may know for certain the things you were taught.

Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:5 - During the reign of Herod king of Judea, there lived a priest named Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah, and he had a wife named Elizabeth, who was a descendant of Aaron.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:6 - They were both righteous in the sight of God, following all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:7 - But they did not have a child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both very old.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:8 - Now while Zechariah was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:9 - he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the holy place of the Lord and burn incense.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:10 - Now the whole crowd of people were praying outside at the hour of the incense offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:11 - An angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense, appeared to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:12 - And Zechariah, visibly shaken when he saw the angel, was seized with fear.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:13 - But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you will name him John.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:14 - Joy and gladness will come to you, and many will rejoice at his birth,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:15 - for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:16 - He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:17 - And he will go as forerunner before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him."
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:18 - Zechariah said to the angel, "How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is old as well."
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:19 - The angel answered him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:20 - And now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will be silent, unable to speak, until the day these things take place."
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:21 - Now the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they began to wonder why he was delayed in the holy place.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:22 - When he came out, he was not able to speak to them. They realized that he had seen a vision in the holy place, because he was making signs to them and remained unable to speak.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:23 - When his time of service was over, he went to his home.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:24 - After some time his wife Elizabeth became pregnant, and for five months she kept herself in seclusion. She said,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:25 - "This is what the Lord has done for me at the time when he has been gracious to me, to take away my disgrace among people."

Jesus' Birth Foretold

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:26 - In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:27 - to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of David, and the virgin's name was Mary.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:28 - The angel came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one, the Lord is with you!"
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:29 - But she was greatly troubled by his words and began to wonder about the meaning of this greeting.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:30 - So the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:31 - Listen: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will 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 - He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will never end."
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:34 - Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?"
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:35 - The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called the Son of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:36 - "And look, your relative Elizabeth has also become pregnant with a son in her old age - although she was called barren, she is now in her sixth month!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:37 - For nothing will be impossible with God."
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:38 - So Mary said, "Yes, I am a servant of the Lord; let this happen to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:39 - In those days Mary got up and went hurriedly into the hill country, to a town of Judah,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:40 - and entered Zechariah's house 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 - She exclaimed with a loud voice, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child in your womb!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:43 - And who am I that the mother of my Lord should come and visit me?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:44 - For the instant the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:45 - And blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled."

The Magnificat

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:46 - And Mary said, "My soul exalts the Lord,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:47 - and my spirit has begun to rejoice in God my Savior,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:48 - because he has looked upon the humble state of his servant. For from now on all generations will call me blessed,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:49 - because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:50 - from generation to generation he is merciful to those who fear him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:51 - He has demonstrated power with his arm; he has scattered those whose pride wells up from the sheer arrogance of their hearts.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:52 - He has brought down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up those of lowly position;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:53 - he has filled the hungry with good things, and has sent the rich away empty.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:54 - He has helped his servant Israel, remembering his mercy,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:55 - as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:56 - So Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home.

John Is Born

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:57 - Now the time came for Elizabeth to have her baby, and she gave birth to a son.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:58 - Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:59 - On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they wanted to name him Zechariah after his father.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:60 - But his mother replied, "No! He must be named John."
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:61 - They said to her, "But none of your relatives bears this name."
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:62 - So they made signs to the baby's father, inquiring what he wanted to name his son.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:63 - He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, "His name is John." And they were all amazed.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:64 - Immediately Zechariah's mouth was opened and his tongue released, and he spoke, blessing God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:65 - All their neighbors were filled with fear, and throughout the entire hill country of Judea all these things were talked about.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:66 - All who heard these things kept them in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For the Lord's hand was indeed with him.

Zacharias's Prophecy

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:67 - Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:68 - "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, because he has come to help and has redeemed his people.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:69 - For he has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:70 - as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from long ago,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:71 - that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:72 - He has done this to show mercy to our ancestors, and to remember his holy covenant -
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:73 - the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham. This oath grants
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:74 - that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, may serve him without fear,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:75 - in holiness and righteousness before him for as long as we live.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:76 - And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High. For you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:77 - to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:78 - Because of our God's tender mercy the dawn will break upon us from on high
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:79 - to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 1:80 - And the child kept growing and becoming strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he was revealed to Israel.

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