Luke 1
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1SINCE many have desired to have in writing the story of those works, with which we are familiar, 2According to what was handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of that very word, 3And since these were seen by me also because I was near and considered them all very carefully, I will therefore write to you everything in its order, most honorable Theophilus, 4So that you may know the truth of the words, by which you were made a convert.

5There was in the days of Herod, king of Judaea, a priest whose name was Zacharias, of the order of ministry of the house of Abijah; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6They were both righteous before God, and walked in all his commandments, and in the righteousness of the Lord without blame. 7But they had no son, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well on in years.

8And it happened, while he was ministering in the order of his ministry before God, 9According to the custom of the priesthood, his turn came to burn incense; so he entered the temple of the Lord. 10And all the congregation of the people prayed outside, at the time of incense. 11And the angel of the Lord appeared to Zacharias, standing on the right of the altar of incense. 12And when Zacharias saw him he became dumbfounded, and fear came upon him. 13And the angel said to him, Fear not, Zacharias; for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will call his name John. 14And you will have joy and gladness; and a great many will rejoice at his birth. 15For he will be great before the Lord, and he will not drink wine and strong drink; and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, while he is still in the womb of his mother. 16And many Israelites he will cause to turn to the Lord their God. 17And he will go before them with the spirit and the power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and those who are disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous; and he will prepare a true people for the Lord.

18And Zacharias said to the angel, How will I understand this? for I am an old man, and my wife is well on in years. 19And the angel answered, saying to him, I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of God; and I am sent to speak to you, and to bring you these glad tidings. 20From henceforth you will be dumb, and not able to speak, till the day these things happen, because you did not believe these my words which are to be fulfilled in their time.

21Now the people stood waiting for Zacharias, and wondered because he remained so long in the temple. 22When Zacharias came out, he could not speak with them; and they understood that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he made signs to them with his eyes, but remained dumb. 23And when the days of his ministry were finished, he went to his house.

24And it happened after those days, his wife Elizabeth conceived, and hid herself for five months; and she said, 25The Lord has done these things to me in the days that he has been mindful of me, to remove my reproach among men.

26Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to Galilee, to a city called Nazareth, 27To a virgin who was acquired for a price for a man named Joseph, of the house of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary. 28And the angel went in and said to her, Peace be to you, O full of grace; our Lord is with you, O blessed one among women. 29When she saw him, she was disturbed at his word, and wondered what kind of salutation this could be. 30And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary; for you have found grace with God. 31For behold, you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call his name Jesus. 32He will be great, and he will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. 33And he will rule over the house of Jacob for ever; and there will be no limit to his kingdom. 34Then Mary said to the angel, How can this be, for no man has known me. 35The angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come, and the power of the Highest will rest upon you; therefore the one who is to be born of you is holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36And behold, Elizabeth your kinswoman has also conceived a son in her old age; and yet this is the sixth month with her, who is called barren. 37For nothing is impossible for God. 38Mary said, Here I am, a handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word. And the angel went away from her.

39In those days, Mary rose up, and went hurriedly to a mountain, to a city of Judaea. 40And she entered the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth. 41And when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42And she cried in a loud voice, and said to Mary, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43How does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For behold, when the voice of your salutation fell on my ears, the babe in my womb leaped with great joy. 45And blessed is she who believed; for there will be a fulfillment of the things which were spoken to her from the Lord.

46And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord,

47And my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

48For he has regarded the meekness of his handmaid; for behold, from henceforth, all generations shall envy me.

49For he who is mighty has done great things to me; holy is his name.

50And his mercy is for centuries and generations, upon those who fear him.

51He has brought victory with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.

52He has put down the mighty from their seats, and he has lifted up the meek.

53He has filled the hungry with good things; and dismissed the rich empty.

54He has helped his servant Israel, and has remembered his mercy,

55Just as he spoke with our forefathers, with Abraham, and with his seed for ever.

56Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned to her own home.

57Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. 58And when her neighbors and relatives heard that God had increased his mercy to her, they rejoiced with her.

59And it happened on the eighth day, they came to circumcise the boy; and they would have called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. 60And his mother answered and said to them, Not so; but he should be called John. 61And they said to her, There is no man in your family, who is called by this name. 62Then they made signs to his father, what he wanted to call him. 63And he asked for a tablet and wrote, saying, John is his name. And every one was surprised. 64And immediately his mouth and his tongue were opened, and he spoke and blessed God. 65And fear came on all their neighbors; and these things were spoken throughout the mountain of Judaea. 66And all who heard it reasoned in their hearts, saying, What a boy he will be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, and said,

68Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has visited his people and wrought a salvation for them.

69And he has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

70Just as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets who have been for ages,

71That he would save us from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us.

72He has shown mercy to our fathers, and he has remembered his holy covenants;

73And the oaths which he swore to Abraham our father,

74To grant to us, that we may be saved from the hand of our enemies, and serve before him without fear,

75In justice and righteousness all our days.

76And you, boy, will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord, to prepare his way;

77To give knowledge of life to his people by the forgiveness of their sins,

78Through the mercy and kindness of our God; whereby we shall be visited by a ray from above,

79To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

80The boy grew and became strong in spirit; and he was in the desert until the day of his appearance to Israel.

Holy Bible From The Ancient Eastern Texts: Aramaic Of The Peshitta by George M. Lamsa (1933)

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