Luke 1 New English Translation (NET Bible)
1 Now[a] many have undertaken to compile an account[b] of the things[c] that have been fulfilled[d] among us, 2 like the accounts[e] passed on[f] to us by those who were eyewitnesses and servants of the word[g] from the beginning.[h] 3 So[i] it seemed good to me as well,[j] because I have followed[k] all things carefully from the beginning, to write an orderly account[l] for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know for certain[m] the things you were taught.[n]
Birth Announcement of John the Baptist
5 During the reign[o] of Herod[p] king of Judea, there lived a priest named Zechariah who belonged to[q] the priestly division of Abijah,[r] and he had a wife named Elizabeth,[s] who was a descendant of Aaron.[t] 6 They[u] were both righteous in the sight of God, following[v] all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.[w] 7 But they did not have a child, because Elizabeth was barren,[x] and they were both very old.[y]
8 Now[z] while Zechariah[aa] was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty,[ab] 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood,[ac] to enter[ad] the Holy Place[ae] of the Lord and burn incense. 10 Now[af] the whole crowd[ag] of people were praying[ah] outside at the hour of the incense offering.[ai] 11 An[aj] angel of the Lord,[ak] standing on the right side of the altar of incense, appeared[al] to him. 12 And Zechariah, visibly shaken when he saw the angel,[am] was seized with fear.[an] 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard,[ao] and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you[ap] will name him John.[aq] 14 Joy and gladness will come[ar] to you, and many will rejoice at[as] his birth,[at] 15 for he will be great in the sight of[au] the Lord. He[av] must never drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth.[aw] 16 He[ax] will turn[ay] many of the people[az] of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go as forerunner before the Lord[ba] 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,[bb] to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him.”
18 Zechariah[bc] said to the angel, “How can I be sure of this?[bd] For I am an old man, and my wife is old as well.”[be] 19 The[bf] angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands[bg] in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring[bh] you this good news. 20 And now,[bi] because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time,[bj] you will be silent, unable to speak,[bk] until the day these things take place.”
21 Now[bl] the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they began to wonder[bm] why he was delayed in the Holy Place.[bn] 22 When[bo] he came out, he was not able to speak to them. They[bp] realized that he had seen a vision[bq] in the Holy Place,[br] because[bs] he was making signs to them and remained unable to speak.[bt] 23 When his time of service was over,[bu] he went to his home.
24 After some time[bv] his wife Elizabeth became pregnant,[bw] and for five months she kept herself in seclusion.[bx] She said,[by] 25 “This is what[bz] the Lord has done for me at the time[ca] when he has been gracious to me,[cb] to take away my disgrace[cc] among people.”[cd]
Birth Announcement of Jesus the Messiah
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy,[ce] the angel Gabriel[cf] was sent by[cg] God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,[ch] 27 to a virgin engaged[ci] to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of David,[cj] and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The[ck] angel[cl] came[cm] to her and said, “Greetings, favored one,[cn] the Lord is with you!”[co] 29 But[cp] she was greatly troubled[cq] by his words and began to wonder about the meaning of this greeting.[cr] 30 So[cs] the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid,[ct] Mary, for you have found favor[cu] with God! 31 Listen:[cv] You will become pregnant[cw] and give birth to[cx] a son, and you will name him[cy] Jesus.[cz] 32 He[da] will be great,[db] and will be called the Son of the Most High,[dc] and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father[dd] David. 33 He[de] will reign over the house of Jacob[df] forever, and his kingdom will never end.” 34 Mary[dg] said to the angel, “How will this be, since I have not been intimate with[dh] a man?” 35 The angel replied,[di] “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow[dj] you. Therefore the child[dk] to be born[dl] will be holy;[dm] he will be called the Son of God.
36 “And look,[dn] your relative[do] Elizabeth has also become pregnant with[dp] a son in her old age—although she was called barren, she is now in her sixth month![dq] 37 For nothing[dr] will be impossible with God.” 38 So[ds] Mary said, “Yes,[dt] I am a servant[du] of the Lord; let this happen to me[dv] according to your word.”[dw] Then[dx] the angel departed from her.
Mary and Elizabeth
39 In those days[dy] Mary got up and went hurriedly into the hill country, to a town of Judah,[dz] 40 and entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When[ea] Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped[eb] in her[ec] womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.[ed] 42 She[ee] exclaimed with a loud voice,[ef] “Blessed are you among women,[eg] and blessed is the child[eh] in your womb! 43 And who am I[ei] that the mother of my Lord should come and visit me? 44 For the instant[ej] the sound of your greeting reached my ears,[ek] the baby in my womb leaped for joy.[el] 45 And blessed[em] is she who believed that[en] what was spoken to her by[eo] the Lord would be fulfilled.”[ep]
Mary’s Hymn of Praise
“My soul exalts[es] the Lord,[et]
The Birth of John
57 Now the time came[fr] for Elizabeth to have her baby,[fs] and she gave birth to a son. 58 Her[ft] neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown[fu] great mercy to her, and they rejoiced[fv] with her.
59 On[fw] the eighth day[fx] they came to circumcise the child, and they wanted to name[fy] him Zechariah after his father. 60 But[fz] his mother replied,[ga] “No! He must be named[gb] John.”[gc] 61 They[gd] said to her, “But[ge] none of your relatives bears this name.”[gf] 62 So[gg] they made signs to the baby’s[gh] father,[gi] inquiring what he wanted to name his son.[gj] 63 He[gk] asked for a writing tablet[gl] and wrote,[gm] “His name is John.” And they were all amazed.[gn] 64 Immediately[go] Zechariah’s[gp] mouth was opened and his tongue[gq] released,[gr] and he spoke, blessing God. 65 All[gs] their neighbors were filled with fear, and throughout the entire hill country of Judea all these things were talked about. 66 All[gt] who heard these things[gu] kept them in their hearts,[gv] saying, “What then will this child be?”[gw] For the Lord’s hand[gx] was indeed with him.
Zechariah’s Praise and Prediction
68 “Blessed[ha] be the Lord God of Israel,
Luke 1 New International Version (NIV)
1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled[a] among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.
8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”
21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.
23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
The Birth of John the Baptist
57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”
61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”
62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.
67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit[d]; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.