1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
1 Since many people have attempted to write an orderly account of the events that have transpired among us,
1 Since [as is well known] many have undertaken to compile an orderly account of the things which have been fulfilled among us [by God],
2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
2 just as they were passed down to us by those who had been eyewitnesses and servants of the word from the beginning,
2 exactly as they were handed down to us by those [with personal experience] who from the beginning [of Christ’s ministry] were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word [that is, of the teaching concerning salvation through faith in Christ],
3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
3 I, too, have carefully investigated everything from the beginning and have decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,
4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
5 During the reign of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
6 Both of them were righteous before God, having lived blamelessly according to all of the commandments and regulations of the Lord.
6 They both were righteous (approved) in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.
7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
7 They had no children because Elizabeth was barren and because both of them were getting old.
7 But they were childless, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both far advanced in years.
8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,
8 When Zechariah was serving with his division of priests in God's presence,
8 Now it happened while Zacharias was serving as priest before God in the appointed order of his priestly division,
9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
9 he was chosen by lot to go into the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense, according to the custom of the priests.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
10 At the hour of incense the whole assembly of the people was praying outside.
10 And the entire congregation of people was praying outside at the time when the incense was burned.
10 And all the congregation was praying outside [in the court of the temple] at the hour of the incense offering.
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
11 An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the incense altar.
11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled, and fear overwhelmed him.
12 When Zacharias saw the angel, he was troubled and overcome with fear.
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
13 But the angel told him, "Stop being afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to name him John.
14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
14 There will be joy and delight for you,and many will rejoice at his birth.
14 You will have great joy, and many people will rejoice at his birth,
14 You will have great joy and delight, and many will rejoice over his birth,
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
15 because he will be great in the Lord's presence. He will never drink wine or any strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.
16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
16 He will turn many of the sons of Israelto the Lord their God.
16 He will bring many of Israel's descendants back to the Lord their God.
16 He will turn many of the sons of Israel back [from sin] to [love and serve] the Lord their God.
17 It is he who will (X)go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of (Y)Elijah, (Z)to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to (AA)make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
17 And he will go before Himin the spirit and power of Elijah,to turn the hearts of fathersto their children,(R)and the disobedientto the understanding of the righteous,to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.(S)
17 He is the one who will go before the Lord with the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, and to prepare the people to be ready for the Lord."
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 [which is to seek and submit to the will of God]—in order to make ready a people [perfectly] prepared [spiritually and morally] for the Lord.”(D)
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.
18 Then Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this, since I am an old man, and my wife is getting older?"
18 And Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I be certain of this? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in age.”
19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
19 The angel answered him, "I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. I have been sent to speak to you and to announce this good news to you.
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.”
20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
20 Now listen! You will become silent and unable to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”
20 But because you did not believe my announcement, which will be fulfilled at its proper time, you will become silent and unable to speak until the day this happens."
21 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.
21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah, amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary.
21 Meanwhile, the people kept waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed in the sanctuary so long.
21 The people [outside in the court] were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering about his long delay in the temple.
22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
22 But when he did come out, he was unable to speak to them. Then they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept motioning to them but remained unable to speak.
22 But when he did come out, he was unable to speak to them. They realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he kept making signs to them, and remained mute.
23 When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.
23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
23 When the days of his ministry were completed, he went back home.
23 When the days of his service were over, he went home.
23 When his time of priestly service was finished, he returned to his home.
24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived and kept herself in seclusion for five months. She said,
24 After this, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and remained in seclusion for five months. She said,
24 Now after this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant, and for five months she secluded herself completely, saying,
25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
25 "This is what the Lord did for me when he looked favorably on me and took away my public disgrace."
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
26 Now in the sixth month of her pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,
26 Now in the sixth month [of Elizabeth’s pregnancy] the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
27 to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
28 The angel came to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you!"
28 And coming to her, the angel said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
29 Startled by his statement, she tried to figure out what his greeting meant.
29 But she was greatly perplexed at what he said, and kept carefully considering what kind of greeting this was.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
30 Then the angel told her, "Stop being afraid, Mary, because you have found favor with God.
30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
31 Listen! You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus.
31 Listen carefully: you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
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 ancestor David.
32 He will be great and eminent and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
33 He will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will never end."
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
34 Mary asked the angel, "How can this happen, since I have not had relations with a man?"
34 Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin and have no intimacy with any man?”
35 The angel answered and said to her, “(AR)The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of (AS)the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason (AT)the (y)holy Child shall be called (AU)the Son of God.
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
35 The angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come over you, and the power of the Most High will surround you. Therefore, the child will be holy and will be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
36 And consider your relative Elizabeth—even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless.
36 And listen! Elizabeth, your relative, has herself conceived a son in her old age, this woman who was rumored to be barren is in her sixth month.
36 And listen, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
38 Then Mary said, "Truly I am the Lord's servant. Let everything you have said happen to me." Then the angel left her.
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
39 In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah
39 Later on, Mary set out for a Judean city in the hill country.
39 Now at this time Mary arose and hurried to the hill country, to a city of Judah (Judea),
40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
40 where she entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.
40 She went into Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
40 and she entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby jumped in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, her baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered by Him.
42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
42 and she loudly exclaimed, "How blessed are you among women, and how blessed is the infant in your womb!
42 And she exclaimed loudly, “Blessed [worthy to be praised] are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
43 How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
43 Why should this happen to me, to have the mother of my Lord visit me?
43 And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?
44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.
44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.
44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
45 She who has believed is blessed because what was spoken to her by the Lord will be fulfilled!”
45 How blessed is this woman for believing that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled!"
45 And blessed [spiritually fortunate and favored by God] is she who believed and confidently trusted that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her [by the angel sent] from the Lord.”
48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
48 because he has looked favorably on his humble servant. From now on, all generations will call me blessed,
48 “For He has looked [with loving care] on the humble state of His maidservant;For behold, from now on all generations will count me blessed and happy and favored by God!
49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me;And holy is His name.
49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
49 because the Almighty has done great things for me. His name is holy.
49 “For He who is mighty has done great things for me;And holy is His name [to be worshiped in His purity, majesty, and glory].
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
50 His mercy lasts from generation to generation for those who fear him.
51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
51 He displayed his mighty power with his arm. He scattered people who were proud in mind and heart.
51 “He has done mighty deeds with His [powerful] arm;He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
52 He has toppled the mighty from their thronesand exalted the lowly.
52 He pulled powerful rulers from their thrones and lifted up humble people.
52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones,And exalted those who were humble.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
53 He filled hungry people with good things and sent rich people away with nothing.
53 “He has filled the hungry with good things;And sent the rich away empty-handed.
54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
54 He helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful,
54 “He has helped His servant Israel,In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors to Abraham and his descendants forever."
56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.
56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
56 And Mary stayed with her about three months; then she returned to her home.
56 Now Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.
56 And Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months, and then returned to her home.
57 Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.
57 Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she had a son.
57 When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son.
57 Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son.
58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.
58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.
58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown His great mercy toward her, and they were rejoicing with her.
59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
59 On the eighth day they went to circumcise the child. They were going to name him Zechariah after his father,
60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.
60 but his mother said, "Absolutely not! He must be named John."
60 but his mother answered, “No indeed; instead he will be called John.”
61 And they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.”
61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
61 Then they said to her, “None of your relatives has that name.”
61 Their friends told her, "None of your relatives has that name."
61 And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by that name.”
62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
62 So they motioned to the baby's father to see what he wanted to name him.
62 Then they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called.
63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
63 He asked for a writing tablet and wrote: HIS NAME IS JOHN. And they were all amazed.
63 He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, "His name is John." And everyone was amazed.
63 And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote as follows, “His name is John.” And they were all astonished.
64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.
64 Suddenly, Zechariah could open his mouth, his tongue was set free, and he began to speak and to praise God.
64 At once Zacharias’ mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began speaking, praising and blessing and thanking God.
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.
65 Fear came on all those who lived around them, and all these things were being talked about throughout the hill country of Judea.
65 Fear came over all their neighbors, and throughout the hill country of Judea all these things were being discussed.
65 Then fear came on all their neighbors; and all these things were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea.
66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
66 Everyone who heard about it kept thinking what had happened and asked, "What will this child become?" because it was obvious that the hand of the Lord was with him.
66 All who heard these things kept them in mind, saying, “What then will this little boy turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him [to bring about his birth].
67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
67 Now Zacharias his father was filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered by Him, and he prophesied, saying,
68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
68 "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel! He has taken care of his people and has set them free.
68 “Blessed (praised, glorified) be the Lord, the God of Israel,Because He has visited us and brought redemption to His people,
69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
69 He has raised up a mighty Savior for us from the family of his servant David,
70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
70 just as he promised long ago through the mouth of his holy prophets
70 Just as He promised by the mouth of His holy prophets from the most ancient times—
71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
71 that he would save us from our enemies and from the grip of all who hate us.
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
72 He has shown mercy to our ancestors and remembered his holy covenant,
72 To show mercy [as He promised] to our fathers,And to remember His holy covenant [the promised blessing],
74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,Might serve Him without fear,
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
74 He granted us deliverance from our enemies' grip so that we could serve him without fear
74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,Might serve Him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
75 in holiness and righteousnessin His presence all our days.
75 and be holy and righteous before him all of our days.
75 In holiness [being set apart] and righteousness [being upright] before Him all our days.
76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
76 And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, because you will go ahead of the Lord to prepare his way
77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
77 and to give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins.
77 To give His people the knowledge of salvationBy the forgiveness of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
78 Because of the tender mercy of our God, his light from on high has visited us,
79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
79 to shine on those who sit in darkness and in death's shadow, and to guide our feet into the way of peace."
80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.
80 Now the child continued to grow and to become spiritually strong. He lived in the wilderness until the day he appeared in Israel.
80 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 [as John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah].
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