1:1 Because many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Luke
1:2 Even as they delivered them to us, who from the beginning were eye-witnesses, and ministers of the word; Luke
1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you in order, most excellent Theophilus, Luke
1:4 So that you may know the certainty of those things in which you have been instructed.
1:5 There was in the days of Herod the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. Luke
1:6 And they were both righteous before Elohim, walking blameless in all the commandments and ordinances of YHWH. Luke
1:7 And they had no child, because Elisabeth was barren, and they were both far advanced in years.
1:8 And it came to pass, that, while he executed the priests' office before Elohim in the order of his course, Luke
1:9 According to the custom of the priests' office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of YHWH. Luke
1:10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside, at the time of incense. Luke
1:11 And there appeared to him an angel of YHWH, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. Luke
1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. Luke
1:13 But the angel said to him, Do not fear, Zacharias: for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. Luke
1:14 And you shall have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice at his birth. Luke
1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of YHWH, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. Luke
1:16 And many of the children of Israel he shall turn to YHWH their Elohim. Luke
1:17 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 YHWH.
1:18 And Zacharias said to the angel, By what shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife far advanced in years. Luke
1:19 And the angel answering, said to him, I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of Elohim; and am sent to speak to you, and to show you these glad the news. Luke
1:20 And behold, you shall be mute, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because you do not believe my words which shall be fulfilled in their season.
1:21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he stayed so long in the temple. Luke
1:22 And when he came out, he could not speak to them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; for he beckoned to them, and remained speechless. Luke
1:23 And it came to pass, that as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
1:24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and secluded herself five months, saying, Luke
1:25 Thus YHWH has dealt with me in the days in which he looked at me, to take away my reproach among men.
1:26 And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from Elohim to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, Luke
1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Miriam. Luke
1:28 And the angel came to her, and said, Hail, you who are highly favored, YHWH is with you: blessed are you among women. Luke
1:29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. Luke
1:30 And the angel said to her, Do not fear, Miriam: for you have found favor with Elohim. Luke
1:31 And behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name YASHUWAH. Luke
1:32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Sovereign Elohim will give to him the throne of his father David. Luke
1:33 And he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. Luke
1:34 Then Miriam said to the angel, How shall this be, seeing I do not know a man? Luke
1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of Elohim. Luke
1:36 And behold, your cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren: Luke
1:37 For with Elohim nothing will be impossible. Luke
1:38 And Miriam said, Behold the handmaid of YHWH, may it be done to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.
1:39 And Miriam arose in those days, and went into the hill-country with hurry, into a city of Judah, Luke
1:40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. Luke
1:41 And it came to pass, that when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Miriam, the baby leaped in her womb: and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Luke
1:42 And she spoke with a loud voice, and said, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Luke
1:43 And how is this to me, that the mother of my Master should come to me? Luke
1:44 For behold, as soon as the voice of your salutation sounded in my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. Luke
1:45 And blessed is she who believed that there will be a performance of those things which were told to her from YHWH.
1:46 And Miriam said, My soul magnifies YHWH,
1:47 And my spirit has rejoiced in Elohim my Saviour.
1:48 For he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.
1:49 For he who is mighty has done to me great things, and holy is his name.
1:50 And his mercy is on those who fear him, from generation to generation.
1:51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
1:52 He has put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
1:53 He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
1:54 He has sustained his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
1:55 As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever.
1:56 And Miriam abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
1:57 Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should deliver; and she brought forth a son. Luke
1:58 And her neighbors and her cousins heard that YHWH had shown great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.
1:59 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. Luke
1:60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. Luke
1:61 And they said to her, There is no one of your kindred who is called by this name. Luke
1:62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. Luke
1:63 And he asked for a writing-tablet, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they all wondered. Luke
1:64 And his mouth was opened immediately and his tongue loosed, and he spoke and praised Elohim. Luke
1:65 And fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill-country of Judea. Luke
1:66 And all those who had heard them, laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child this will be! And the hand of YHWH was with him.
1:67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,
1:68 Blessed is YHWH the Elohim of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people.
1:69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us, in the house of his servant David:
1:70 As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who have been since the world began:
1:71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us;
1:72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant:
1:73 The oath which he swore to our father Abraham,
1:74 That he would grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,
1:75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
1:76 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest, for you shall go before the face of YHWH to prepare his ways;
1:77 To give knowledge of salvation to his people, by the remission of their sins,
1:78 Through the tender mercy of our Elohim; by which the day-spring from on high has visited us,
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.
1:80 And the child grew, and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing to Israel.