1 Now 1 many have undertaken to compile an account 2 of the things 3 that have been fulfilled 4 among us, 2 like the accounts 5 passed on 6 to us by those who were eyewitnesses and servants of the word 7 from the beginning. 8 3 So 9 it seemed good to me as well, 10 because I have followed 11 all things carefully from the beginning, to write an orderly account 12 for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know for certain 13 the things you were taught. 14
5 During the reign 15 of Herod 16 king of Judea, there lived a priest named Zechariah who belonged to 17 the priestly division of Abijah, 18 and he had a wife named Elizabeth, 19 who was a descendant of Aaron. 20 6 They 21 were both righteous in the sight of God, following 22 all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. 23 7 But they did not have a child, because Elizabeth was barren, 24 and they were both very old. 25
8 Now 26 while Zechariah 27 was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, 28 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, 29 to enter 30 the holy place 31 of the Lord and burn incense. 10 Now 32 the whole crowd 33 of people were praying outside at the hour of the incense offering. 34 11 An 35 angel of the Lord, 36 standing on the right side of the altar of incense, appeared 37 to him. 12 And Zechariah, visibly shaken when he saw the angel, 38 was seized with fear. 39 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, 40 and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you 41 will name him John. 42 14 Joy and gladness will come 43 to you, and many will rejoice at 44 his birth, 45 15 for he will be great in the sight of 46 the Lord. He 47 must never drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. 48 16 He 49 will turn 50 many of the people 51 of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go as forerunner before the Lord 52 in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, 53 to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him.”
18 Zechariah 54 said to the angel, “How can I be sure of this? 55 For I am an old man, and my wife is old as well.” 56 19 The 57 angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands 58 in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring 59 you this good news. 20 And now, 60 because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, 61 you will be silent, unable to speak, 62 until the day these things take place.”
21 Now 63 the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they began to wonder 64 why he was delayed in the holy place. 65 22 When 66 he came out, he was not able to speak to them. They 67 realized that he had seen a vision 68 in the holy place, 69 because 70 he was making signs to them and remained unable to speak. 71 23 When his time of service was over, 72 he went to his home.
24 After some time 73 his wife Elizabeth became pregnant, 74 and for five months she kept herself in seclusion. 75 She said, 76 25 “This is what 77 the Lord has done for me at the time 78 when he has been gracious to me, 79 to take away my disgrace 80 among people.” 81
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, 82 the angel Gabriel 83 was sent by 84 God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 85 27 to a virgin engaged 86 to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of David, 87 and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The 88 angel 89 came 90 to her and said, “Greetings, favored one, 91 the Lord is with you!” 92 29 But 93 she was greatly troubled 94 by his words and began to wonder about the meaning of this greeting. 95 30 So 96 the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, 97 Mary, for you have found favor 98 with God! 31 Listen: 99 You will become pregnant 100 and give birth to 101 a son, and you will name him 102 Jesus. 103 32 He 104 will be great, 105 and will be called the Son of the Most High, 106 and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father 107 David. 33 He 108 will reign over the house of Jacob 109 forever, and his kingdom will never end.” 34 Mary 110 said to the angel, “How will this be, since I have not had sexual relations with 111 a man?” 35 The angel replied, 112 “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow 113 you. Therefore the child 114 to be born 115 will be holy; 116 he will be called the Son of God.
36 “And look, 117 your relative 118 Elizabeth has also become pregnant with 119 a son in her old age – although she was called barren, she is now in her sixth month! 120 37 For nothing 121 will be impossible with God.” 38 So 122 Mary said, “Yes, 123 I am a servant 124 of the Lord; let this happen to me 125 according to your word.” 126 Then 127 the angel departed from her.
39 In those days 128 Mary got up and went hurriedly into the hill country, to a town of Judah, 129 40 and entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When 130 Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped 131 in her 132 womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 133 42 She 134 exclaimed with a loud voice, 135 “Blessed are you among women, 136 and blessed is the child 137 in your womb! 43 And who am I 138 that the mother of my Lord should come and visit me? 44 For the instant 139 the sound of your greeting reached my ears, 140 the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 141 45 And blessed 142 is she who believed that 143 what was spoken to her by 144 the Lord would be fulfilled.” 145
46 And Mary 146 said, 147
“My soul exalts 148 the Lord, 149
47 and my spirit has begun to rejoice 150 in God my Savior,
48 because he has looked upon the humble state of his servant. 151
For 152 from now on 153 all generations will call me blessed, 154
49 because he who is mighty 155 has done great things for me, and holy is his name;
50 from 156 generation to generation he is merciful 157 to those who fear 158 him.
51 He has demonstrated power 159 with his arm; he has scattered those whose pride wells up from the sheer arrogance 160 of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the mighty 161 from their thrones, and has lifted up those of lowly position; 162
53 he has filled the hungry with good things, 163 and has sent the rich away empty. 164
54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering 165 his mercy, 166
55 as he promised 167 to our ancestors, 168 to Abraham and to his descendants 169 forever.”
56 So 170 Mary stayed with Elizabeth 171 about three months 172 and then returned to her home.
57 Now the time came 173 for Elizabeth to have her baby, 174 and she gave birth to a son. 58 Her 175 neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown 176 great mercy to her, and they rejoiced 177 with her.
59 On 178 the eighth day 179 they came to circumcise the child, and they wanted to name 180 him Zechariah after his father. 60 But 181 his mother replied, 182 “No! He must be named 183 John.” 184 61 They 185 said to her, “But 186 none of your relatives bears this name.” 187 62 So 188 they made signs to the baby’s 189 father, 190 inquiring what he wanted to name his son. 191 63 He 192 asked for a writing tablet 193 and wrote, 194 “His name is John.” And they were all amazed. 195 64 Immediately 196 Zechariah’s 197 mouth was opened and his tongue 198 released, 199 and he spoke, blessing God. 65 All 200 their neighbors were filled with fear, and throughout the entire hill country of Judea all these things were talked about. 66 All 201 who heard these things 202 kept them in their hearts, 203 saying, “What then will this child be?” 204 For the Lord’s hand 205 was indeed with him.
67 Then 206 his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, 207
68 “Blessed 208 be the Lord God of Israel,
because he has come to help 209 and has redeemed 210 his people.
69 For 211 he has raised up 212 a horn of salvation 213 for us in the house of his servant David, 214
70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from long ago, 215
71 that we should be saved 216 from our enemies, 217
and from the hand of all who hate us.
72 He has done this 218 to show mercy 219 to our ancestors, 220
and to remember his holy covenant 221 –
73 the oath 222 that he swore to our ancestor 223 Abraham.
This oath grants 224
74 that we, being rescued from the hand of our 225 enemies,
may serve him without fear, 226
75 in holiness and righteousness 227 before him for as long as we live. 228
76 And you, child, 229 will be called the prophet 230 of the Most High. 231
For you will go before 232 the Lord to prepare his ways, 233
77 to give his people knowledge of salvation 234 through the forgiveness 235 of their sins.
78 Because of 236 our God’s tender mercy 237
the dawn 238 will break 239 upon us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, 240
to guide our feet into the way 241 of peace.”
80 And the child kept growing 242 and becoming strong 243 in spirit, and he was in the wilderness 244 until the day he was revealed 245 to Israel.
2 Now 1 in those days a decree 2 went out from Caesar 3 Augustus 4 to register 5 all the empire 6 for taxes. 2 This was the first registration, taken when Quirinius was governor 7 of Syria. 3 Everyone 8 went to his own town 9 to be registered. 4 So 10 Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth 11 in Galilee to Judea, to the city 12 of David called Bethlehem, 13 because he was of the house 14 and family line 15 of David. 5 He went 16 to be registered with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him, 17 and who was expecting a child. 6 While 18 they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 19 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth 20 and laid him in a manger, 21 because there was no place for them in the inn. 22
8 Now 23 there were shepherds 24 nearby 25 living out in the field, keeping guard 26 over their flock at night. 9 An 27 angel of the Lord 28 appeared to 29 them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. 30 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, 31 for I proclaim to you good news 32 that brings great joy to all the people: 11 Today 33 your Savior is born in the city 34 of David. 35 He is Christ 36 the Lord. 12 This 37 will be a sign 38 for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” 39 13 Suddenly 40 a vast, heavenly army 41 appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory 42 to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among people 43 with whom he is pleased!” 44
15 When 45 the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem 46 and see this thing that has taken place, that the Lord 47 has made known to us.” 16 So they hurried off and located Mary and Joseph, and found the baby lying in a manger. 48 17 When 49 they saw him, 50 they related what they had been told 51 about this child, 18 and all who heard it were astonished 52 at what the shepherds said. 19 But Mary treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean. 53 20 So 54 the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising 55 God for all they had heard and seen; everything was just as they had been told. 56
21 At 57 the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given by the angel 58 before he was conceived in the womb.
22 Now 59 when the time came for their 60 purification according to the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary 61 brought Jesus 62 up to Jerusalem 63 to present him to the Lord 23 (just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male 64 will be set apart to the Lord” 65 ), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is specified in the law of the Lord, a pair of doves 66 or two young pigeons. 67
25 Now 68 there was a man in Jerusalem 69 named Simeon who was righteous 70 and devout, looking for the restoration 71 of Israel, and the Holy Spirit 72 was upon him. 26 It 73 had been revealed 74 to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die 75 before 76 he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 77 27 So 78 Simeon, 79 directed by the Spirit, 80 came into the temple courts, 81 and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what was customary according to the law, 82 28 Simeon 83 took him in his arms and blessed God, saying, 84
29 “Now, according to your word, 85 Sovereign Lord, 86 permit 87 your servant 88 to depart 89 in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation 90
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples: 91
32 a light, 92
for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory 93 to your people Israel.”
33 So 94 the child’s 95 father 96 and mother were amazed 97 at what was said about him. 34 Then 98 Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “Listen carefully: 99 This child 100 is destined to be the cause of the falling and rising 101 of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be rejected. 102 35 Indeed, as a result of him the thoughts 103 of many hearts will be revealed 104 – and a sword 105 will pierce your own soul as well!” 106
36 There was also a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old, 107 having been married to her husband for seven years until his death. 37 She had lived as a widow since then for eighty-four years. 108 She never left the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 109 38 At that moment, 110 she came up to them 111 and began to give thanks to God and to speak 112 about the child 113 to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 114
39 So 115 when Joseph and Mary 116 had performed 117 everything according to the law of the Lord, 118 they returned to Galilee, to their own town 119 of Nazareth. 120 40 And the child grew and became strong, 121 filled with wisdom, 122 and the favor 123 of God 124 was upon him.
41 Now 125 Jesus’ 126 parents went to Jerusalem 127 every 128 year for the feast of the Passover. 129 42 When 130 he was twelve years old, 131 they went up 132 according to custom. 43 But 133 when the feast was over, 134 as they were returning home, 135 the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His 136 parents 137 did not know it, 44 but (because they assumed that he was in their group of travelers) 138 they went a day’s journey. Then 139 they began to look for him among their relatives and acquaintances. 140 45 When 141 they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem 142 to look for him. 46 After 143 three days 144 they found him in the temple courts, 145 sitting among the teachers, 146 listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Jesus 147 were astonished 148 at his understanding and his answers. 48 When 149 his parents 150 saw him, they were overwhelmed. His 151 mother said to him, “Child, 152 why have you treated 153 us like this? Look, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” 154 49 But 155 he replied, 156 “Why were you looking for me? 157 Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 158 50 Yet 159 his parents 160 did not understand 161 the remark 162 he made 163 to them. 51 Then 164 he went down with them and came to Nazareth, 165 and was obedient 166 to them. But 167 his mother kept all these things 168 in her heart. 169
52 And Jesus increased 170 in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and with people.
3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, 1 when Pontius Pilate 2 was governor of Judea, and Herod 3 was tetrarch 4 of Galilee, and his brother Philip 5 was tetrarch of the region of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias 6 was tetrarch of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood 7 of Annas and Caiaphas, the word 8 of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 9 3 He 10 went into all the region around the Jordan River, 11 preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 12
4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
“The voice 13 of one shouting in the wilderness: 14
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make 15 his paths straight.
5 Every valley will be filled, 16
and every mountain and hill will be brought low,
and the crooked will be made straight,
and the rough ways will be made smooth,
6 and all humanity 17 will see the salvation of God.’” 18
7 So John 19 said to the crowds 20 that came out to be baptized by him, “You offspring of vipers! 21 Who warned you to flee 22 from the coming wrath? 8 Therefore produce 23 fruit 24 that proves your repentance, and don’t begin to say 25 to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ 26 For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 27 9 Even now the ax is laid at the root of the trees, 28 and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be 29 cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10 So 30 the crowds were asking 31 him, “What then should we do?” 11 John 32 answered them, 33 “The person who has two tunics 34 must share with the person who has none, and the person who has food must do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors 35 also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He told them, “Collect no more 36 than you are required to.” 37 14 Then some soldiers 38 also asked him, “And as for us – what should we do?” 39 He told them, “Take money from no one by violence 40 or by false accusation, 41 and be content with your pay.”
15 While the people were filled with anticipation 42 and they all wondered 43 whether perhaps John 44 could be the Christ, 45 16 John answered them all, 46 “I baptize you with water, 47 but one more powerful than I am is coming – I am not worthy 48 to untie the strap 49 of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 50 17 His winnowing fork 51 is in his hand to clean out his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his storehouse, 52 but the chaff he will burn up with inextinguishable fire.” 53
18 And in this way, 54 with many other exhortations, John 55 proclaimed good news to the people. 19 But when John rebuked Herod 56 the tetrarch 57 because of Herodias, his brother’s wife, 58 and because of all the evil deeds 59 that he had done, 20 Herod added this to them all: He locked up John in prison.
21 Now when 60 all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized. And while he was praying, 61 the heavens 62 opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. 63 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my one dear Son; 64 in you I take great delight.” 65
23 So 66 Jesus, when he began his ministry, 67 was about thirty years old. He was 68 the son (as was supposed) 69 of Joseph, the son 70 of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, 71 the son of Shealtiel, 72 the son of Neri, 73 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, 74 the son of David, 75 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, 76 the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, 77 the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, 78 the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, 79 the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, 80 the son of Kenan, 81 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. 82