The Preface To Luke's Gospel

1 Since many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

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

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 Many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilled among us,

1 Since many people have attempted to write an orderly account of the events that have transpired among us,

2 Even as they delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;

2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word,

2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;

2 just as the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us.

2 just as they were passed down to us by those who had been eyewitnesses and servants of the word from the beginning,

3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto you in order, most excellent Theophilus,

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

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 It also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in orderly sequence, most honorable 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 you might know the certainty of those things, in which you have been instructed.

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

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 about which you have been instructed.

4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

The Prediction Of John The Baptist's Birth

5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zachariah, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

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 In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest of Abijah's division named Zechariah. His wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

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

6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

6 Both were righteous in God's sight, living without blame according to all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.

6 Both of them were righteous before God, having lived blamelessly according to all of the commandments and regulations of the Lord.

7 And they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they both were now well advanced in years.

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

7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

7 But they had no children because Elizabeth could not conceive, and both of them were well along in years.

7 They had no children because Elizabeth was barren and because both of them were getting old.

8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

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

8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

8 When his division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,

8 When Zechariah was serving with his division of priests in God's presence,

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

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 it happened that he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense.

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 outside at the time of incense.

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

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.

11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

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

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 to the right of the altar of incense.

11 An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the incense altar.

12 And when Zachariah saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

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

12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and overcome with fear.

12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled, and fear overwhelmed him.

13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zachariah: for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.

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 give him the name John.

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 said to him: Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him 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 And you shall have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

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,

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 Spirit, even from his mother's womb.

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 while yet in his mother's womb.

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 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord and will never drink wine or beer. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in 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 "And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God.

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 Israel to the Lord their God.

16 He will bring many of Israel's descendants back to the Lord their God.

17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 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 "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."

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 Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.

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."

18 And Zachariah said unto the angel, How shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well advanced in years.

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 years."

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 "How can I know this?" Zechariah asked the angel. "For I am an old man, and my wife is well along 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?"

19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stands in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto you, and to show you these glad tidings.

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

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, who stands in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and tell you this good news.

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 dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because you believe not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their time.

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 And the people waited for Zachariah, and marveled that he tarried so long in the temple.

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.

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

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 When he did come out, he could not speak to them. Then they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept making signs to 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.

23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his service were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

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.

24 And after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,

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

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,

25 Thus has the Lord dealt with me in the days in which he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

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."

25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

25 "The Lord has done this for me. He has looked with favor in these days to take away my disgrace among the people."

25 "This is what the Lord did for me when he looked favorably on me and took away my public disgrace."

The Prediction Of Jesus' Birth

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

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,

26 Now in the sixth month of her pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent by 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 whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

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, of the house of David. 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, you that are highly favored, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women.

28 And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."

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 And [the angel] came to her and said, "Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you."

28 The angel came to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you!"

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered in her mind what manner of greeting this should be.

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

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 But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be.

29 Startled by his statement, she tried to figure out what his greeting meant.

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God.

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

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

30 Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

30 Then the angel told her, "Stop being afraid, Mary, because you have found favor with God.

31 And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS.

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

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

31 Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name JESUS.

31 Listen! You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you are to 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 father David;

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 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.

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

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

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have 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 said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?"

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 be, since I have not been intimate with a man?"

34 Mary asked the angel, "How can this happen, since I have not had relations with a man?"

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.

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 holy Child shall be called 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 replied to her: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the holy One to be born will 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, your cousin Elizabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

36 "And behold, 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.

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 barren.

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.

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

37 "For nothing will be impossible with God."

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

37 For nothing will be impossible with God."

37 Nothing is impossible with respect to any of God's promises."

38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.

38 And Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

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 "I am the Lord's slave," said Mary. "May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel left 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.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah;

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

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.

40 And entered into the house of Zachariah, and greeted Elizabeth.

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.

41 And it came to pass, that, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit:

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

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 leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby jumped in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit

42 And she spoke out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

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 Then she exclaimed with a loud cry: You are the most blessed of women, and your child will be blessed!

42 and she loudly exclaimed, "How blessed are you among women, and how blessed is the infant in your womb!

43 And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

43 "And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?

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?

44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

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 For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me!

44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb jumped 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 "And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord."

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!"

Mary's Hymn Of Praise To God

46 And Mary said, My soul does magnify the Lord,

46 And Mary said: "My soul exalts the Lord,

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

46 And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

46 Then Mary said, "My soul praises the greatness of the Lord!

47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

47 and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,

47 My spirit exults in God, my Savior,

48 For he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

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

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 with favor on the humble condition of His slave. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed,

48 because he has looked favorably on his humble servant. From now on, all generations will call me blessed,

49 For he that is mighty has done to me great things; and holy is his name.

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 Mighty One has done great things for me, and His name is holy.

49 because the Almighty has done great things for me. His name is holy.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

50 "AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

50 His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him.

50 His mercy lasts from generation to generation for those who fear him.

51 He has showed strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

51 "He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

51 He has done a mighty deed with His arm; He has scattered the proud because of the thoughts of their hearts;

51 He displayed his mighty power with his arm. He scattered people who were proud in mind and heart.

52 He has put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

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

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

52 He has toppled the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly.

52 He pulled powerful rulers from their thrones and lifted up humble people.

53 He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he has sent empty away.

53 "HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

53 He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.

53 He filled hungry people with good things and sent rich people away with nothing.

54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

54 "He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy,

54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

54 He has helped His servant Israel, mindful of His mercy,

54 He helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful,

55 As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his descendants forever.

55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his descendants forever."

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

55 just as He spoke to our ancestors, to Abraham and his descendants forever.

55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors to Abraham and his descendants forever."

56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

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.

The Birth Of John The Baptist

57 Now Elizabeth'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 gave birth to a son.

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.

58 And her neighbors and her cousins heard how the Lord had showed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.

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

58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.

58 Then her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her His great mercy, 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.

59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zachariah, after the name of his father.

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

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 When they came to circumcise the child on the eighth day, they were going to name him Zechariah, after 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 answered and said, "No indeed; but he shall be called John."

60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.

60 But his mother responded, "No! He will be called John."

60 but his mother said, "Absolutely not! He must be named John."

61 And they said unto her, There is none of your kindred that is called by this name.

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."

62 And they made signs to his father, what he would have him called.

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

62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

62 So they motioned to his father to find out what he wanted him to be called.

62 So they motioned to the baby's father to see what he wanted to name him.

63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marveled all.

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

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.

64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, and praised God.

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

64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.

64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue [set free], and he began to speak, praising God.

64 Suddenly, Zechariah could open his mouth, his tongue was set free, and he began to speak and to praise God.

65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were spread abroad throughout all the hill country of Judea.

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

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.

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 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.

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 All who heard about [him] took [it] to heart, saying, "What then will this child become?" For, indeed, the Lord's hand 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.

The Praise And Prophecy Of Zechariah

67 And his father Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,

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

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 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people,

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

68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

68 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and provided redemption for His people.

68 "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel! He has taken care of his people and has set them free.

69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

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

69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

69 He has raised up a 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 spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who have been since the world began:

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

70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

70 just as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets in ancient times;

70 just as he promised long ago through the mouth of his holy prophets

71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

71 Salvation FROM OUR ENEMIES, And FROM THE HAND OF ALL WHO HATE US;

71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

71 salvation from our enemies and from the clutches of those who 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 To show mercy toward our fathers, And to remember His holy covenant,

72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

72 He has dealt mercifully with our fathers and remembered His holy covenant-

72 He has shown mercy to our ancestors and remembered his holy covenant,

73 The oath which he swore to our father Abraham,

73 The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,

73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

73 the oath that He swore to our father Abraham. He has given us the privilege,

73 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham.

74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

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 since we have been rescued from our enemies' clutches, to serve Him without fear

74 He granted us deliverance from our enemies' grip so that we could serve him without fear

75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.

75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

75 in holiness and righteousness in His presence all our days.

75 and be holy and righteous before him all of our days.

76 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: for you shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

76 "And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on BEFORE THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS;

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 child, you will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before 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 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins,

77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,

77 to give His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.

77 and to give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins.

78 Through the tender mercy of our God; by which the dawn from on high has visited us,

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

78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

78 Because of our God's merciful compassion, the Dawn from on high will visit 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 UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH, To guide our feet into the way of peace."

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 live in darkness and 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 became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.

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.

80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

80 The child grew up and became spiritually strong, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to 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.



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