Luke   chapter 1

   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,
   2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from
  the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the
   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,
   4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those
  things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
   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.
   6 And they were both righteous before God, walking
  in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord
   7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was
  barren, and they both were now well stricken in
   8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the
  priest's office before God in the order of his
   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.
  10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying
  without at the time of incense.
  11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord
  standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
  12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and
  fear fell upon him.
  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.
  14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many
  shall 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 Ghost, even from his
  mother's womb.
  16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn
  to the Lord their God.
  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.
  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.
  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
  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.
  21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled
  that he tarried so long 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
  23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of
  his ministration were accomplished, he departed to
  his own house.
  24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived,
  and hid herself five months, saying,
  25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days
  wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach
  among men.
  26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent
  from God unto a city of Galilee, named 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.
  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.
  29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his
  saying, and cast in her mind what manner of
  salutation this should be.
  30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for
  thou hast found favour with God.
  31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and
  bring forth a son, and shalt call his name 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:
  33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for
  ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
  34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be,
  seeing I know not a man?
  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.
  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.
  37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
  38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be
  it unto me according to thy word. And the angel
  departed from her.
  39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the
  hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
  40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and
  saluted Elisabeth.
  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:
  42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said,
  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the
  fruit of thy womb.
  43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my
  Lord should come to me?
  44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation
  sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for
  45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall
  be a performance of those things which were told her
  from the Lord.
  46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
  47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
  48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his
  handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all
  generations shall call me blessed.
  49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great
  things; and holy is his name.
  50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from
  generation to generation.
  51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath
  scattered the proud in the imagination of their
  52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and
  exalted them of low degree.
  53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and
  the rich he hath sent empty away.
  54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance
  of his mercy;
  55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his
  seed for ever.
  56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and
  returned to her own house.
  57 Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be
  delivered; and she brought forth a son.
  58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the
  Lord had shewed great mercy upon 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
  Zacharias, after the name of his father.
  60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he
  shall be called John.
  61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy
  kindred that is called by this name.
  62 And they made signs to his father, how he would
  have him called.
  63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote,
  saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
  64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his
  tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised 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.
  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.
  67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy
  Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
  68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath
  visited and redeemed his people,
  69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in
  the house of his servant David;
  70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets,
  which have been since the world began:
  71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from
  the hand of all that hate us;
  72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and
  to remember his holy covenant;
  73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
  74 That he would grant unto us, that we being
  delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve
  him without fear,
  75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the
  days of our life.
  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;
  77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by
  the remission of their sins,
  78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the
  dayspring from on high hath 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.
  80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit,
  and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing
  unto Israel. Luke chapter 2


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