1:1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to draw up a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us,
1:2 even as they delivered them unto us, who from the beginning wer eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,
1:3 it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus;
1:5 There was in the days of Herod, king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abijah: and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
1:7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were `now' well stricken in years.
1:8 Now it came to pass, while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,
1:9 according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of altar of incense.
1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: because thy supplication is heard, and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.
1:17 And he shall go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient `to walk' in the wisdom of the just; to make ready for the Lord a people prepared `for him'.
1:18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
1:19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak unto thee, and to bring thee these good tidings.
1:20 And behold, thou shalt be silent and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall come to pass, because thou believedst not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
1:22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: and he continued making signs unto them, and remained dumb.
1:23 And it came to pass, when the days of his ministration were fulfilled, he departed unto his house.
1:25 Thus hath the Lord done unto me in the days wherein he looked upon `me', to take away my reproach among men.
1:26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
1:27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
1:28 And he came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord `is' with thee.
1:29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this might be.
1:31 And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God.
1:36 And behold, Elisabeth thy kinswoman, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that was called barren.
1:38 And Mary said, Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
1:41 And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit;
1:42 and she lifted up her voice with a loud cry, and said, Blessed `art' thou among women, and blessed `is' the fruit of thy womb.
1:44 For behold, when the voice of thy salutation came into mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
1:45 And blessed `is' she that believed; for there shall be a fulfilment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord.
1:48 For he hath looked upon the low estate of his handmaid: For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
1:51 He hath showed strength with his arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.
1:58 And her neighbors and her kinsfolk heard that the Lord had magnified his mercy towards her; and they rejoiced with her.
1:59 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him Zacharias, after the name of the father.
1:63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
1:65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.
1:66 And all that heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, What then shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.
1:68 Blessed `be' the Lord, the God of Israel; For he hath visited and wrought redemption for his people,
1:74 To grant unto us that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies Should serve him without fear,
1:76 Yea and thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Most High: For thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to make ready his ways;
1:79 To shine upon them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death; To guide our feet into the way of peace.
1:80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.