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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 word; 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 blame­less. 7 And they had no child, be­cause that Elis­a­beth was bar­ren, and they both were now well strick­en in years. 8 And it came to pass, that while he ex­e­cut­ed the priest's of­fice be­fore God in the or­der of his course, 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 tid­ings. 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 speech­less. 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 joy. 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 hearts. 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.