Luke 1:1-20 Bible in Basic English

Dedication to Theophilus

1 1  As a number of attempts have been made to put together in order an account of those events which took place among us, 2  As they were handed down to us by those who saw them from the first and were preachers of the word, 3  It seemed good to me, having made observation, with great care, of the direction of events in their order, to put the facts in writing for you, most noble Theophilus; 4  So that you might have certain knowledge of those things about which you were given teaching.

The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

5  In the days of Herod, king of Judaea, there was a certain priest, by name Zacharias, of the order of Abijah; and he had a wife of the family of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6  They were upright in the eyes of God, keeping all the rules and orders of God, and doing no wrong. 7  And they were without children, because Elisabeth had never given birth, and they were at that time very old. 8  Now it came about that in his turn he was acting as priest before God, 9  And as was the way of the priests, he had to go into the Temple to see to the burning of perfumes. 10  And all the people were offering prayers outside, at the time of the burning of perfumes. 11  And he saw an angel of the Lord in his place on the right side of the altar. 12  And Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear came on him. 13  But the angel said, Have no fear, Zacharias, for your prayer has come to the ears of God, and your wife Elisabeth will have a son, and his name will be John. 14  And you will be glad and have great delight; and numbers of people will have joy at his birth. 15  For he will be great in the eyes of the Lord; he will not take wine or strong drink; and he will be full of the Spirit of God from his birth. 16  And through him great numbers of the children of Israel will be turned to the Lord their God. 17  And he will go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, turning the hearts of fathers to their children, and wrongdoers to the way of righteousness; to make ready a people whose hearts have been turned to the Lord. 18  And Zacharias said to the angel, How may I be certain of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is far on in years. 19  And the angel, answering, said, I am Gabriel, whose place is before God; I have been sent to say these words to you and to give you this good news. 20  Now, see, you will be without voice or language till the day when these things come about, because you had not faith in my words, which will have effect at the right time.

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