Luke Chapter 1
1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order adeclaration of those things which are most surely believedamong us
2 Even as they delivered them unto uswhich from the beginningwere eyewitnessesand ministers of the word
3 It seemed good to me alsohaving had perfect understanding ofall things from the very firstto write unto thee in order most excellent Theophilus
4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those thingswhereinthou hast been instructed.
5 THERE was in the days of Herodthe king of Judaeaa certainpriest named Zachariasof the course of Abiaand his wifewas of the daughters of Aaronand her name was Elisabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before Godwalking in all thecommandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7 And they had no childbecause that Elisabeth was barrenandthey both were now well stricken in years.
8 And it came to passthat while he executed the priest soffice before God in the order of his course
9 According to the custom of the priest s officehis lot was toburn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without atthe time of incense.
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing onthe right side of the altar of incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw himhe was troubledand fear fellupon him.
13 But the angel said unto himFear notZachariasfor thyprayer is heardand thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son and thou shalt call his name John.
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladnessand many shall rejoiceat his birth.
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lordand shalldrink neither wine nor strong drinkand he shall be filledwith the Holy Ghosteven from his mother s womb.
16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lordtheir God.
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias to turn the hearts of the fathers to the childrenand thedisobedient to the wisdom of the justto make ready a peopleprepared for the Lord.
18 And Zacharias said unto the angelWhereby shall I know this for I am an old manand my wife well stricken in years.
19 And the angel answering said unto himI am Gabrielthatstand in the presence of Godand am sent to speak unto thee and to shew thee these glad tidings.
20 Andbeholdthou shalt be dumband not able to speakuntilthe day that these things shall be performedbecause thoubelievest not my wordswhich shall be fulfilled in theirseason.
21 And the people waited for Zachariasand marvelled that hetarried so long in the temple.
22 And when he came outhe could not speak unto themand theyperceived that he had seen a vision in the templefor hebeckoned unto themand remained speechless.
23 And it came to passthatas soon as the days of hisministration were accomplishedhe departed to his own house.
24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceivedand hidherself five monthssaying
25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he lookedon meto take away my reproach among men.
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from Godunto a city of Galileenamed Nazareth
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Josephof thehouse of Davidand the virgin s name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto herand saidHailthou that arthighly favouredthe Lord is with theeblessed art thou amongwomen.
29 And when she saw himshe was troubled at his sayingand castin her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto herFear notMaryfor thou hastfound favour with God.
31 Andbeholdthou shalt conceive in thy womband bring fortha sonand shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be greatand shall be called the Son of the Highest and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his fatherDavid
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for everand ofhis kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angelHow shall this beseeing Iknow not a man
35 And the angel answered and said unto herThe Holy Ghost shallcome upon theeand the power of the Highest shall overshadowtheetherefore also that holy thing which shall be born ofthee shall be called the Son of God.
36 Andbeholdthy cousin Elisabethshe hath also conceived ason in her old ageand this is the sixth month with herwhowas called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary saidBehold the handmaid of the Lordbe it unto meaccording to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39 And Mary arose in those daysand went into the hill countrywith hasteinto a city of Juda
40 And entered into the house of Zachariasand salutedElisabeth.
41 And it came to passthatwhen Elisabeth heard the salutationof Marythe babe leaped in her womband Elisabeth was filledwith the Holy Ghost
42 And she spake out with a loud voiceand saidBlessed artthou among womenand blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence is this to methat the mother of my Lord shouldcome to me
44 Forloas soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded inmine earsthe babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45 And blessed is she that believedfor there shall be aperformance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
46 And Mary saidMy 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 handmaidenforbeholdfrom henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great thingsand holyis his name.
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation togeneration.
51 He hath shewed strength with his armhe hath scattered theproud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seatsand exalted themof low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good thingsand the rich hehath sent empty away.
54 He hath holpen his servant Israelin remembrance of hismercy
55 As he spake to our fathersto Abrahamand to his seed forever.
56 And Mary abode with her about three monthsand returned toher own house.
57 Now Elisabeth s full time came that she should be deliveredand she brought forth a son.
58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord hadshewed great mercy upon herand they rejoiced with her.
59 And it came to passthat on the eighth day they came tocircumcise the childand they called him Zachariasafter thename of his father.
60 And his mother answered and saidNot sobut he shall becalled John.
61 And they said unto herThere is none of thy kindred that iscalled by this name.
62 And they made signs to his fatherhow he would have himcalled.
63 And he asked for a writing tableand wrotesayingHis nameis John. And they marvelled all.
64 And his mouth was opened immediatelyand his tongue loosedand he spakeand praised God.
65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about themand allthese sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hillcountry of Judaea.
66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their heartssayingWhat manner of child shall this beAnd the hand ofthe Lord was with him.
67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghostandprophesiedsaying
68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israelfor he hath visited andredeemed his people
69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house ofhis servant David
70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophetswhich have beensince the world began
71 That we should be saved from our enemiesand from the hand ofall that hate us
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathersand to rememberhis holy covenant
73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham
74 That he would grant unto usthat we being delivered out ofthe hand of our enemies might serve him without fear
75 In holiness and righteousness before himall the days of ourlife.
76 And thouchildshalt be called the prophet of the Highest for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare hisways
77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by theremission of their sins
78 Through the tender mercy of our Godwhereby the dayspringfrom on high hath visited us
79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadowof deathto guide our feet into the way of peace.
80 And the child grewand waxed strong in spiritand was in thedeserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.