Luke 1:21-38 Bible in Basic English

21  And the people were waiting for Zacharias and were surprised because he was in the Temple for such a long time. 22  And when he came out he was not able to say anything, and they saw that he had seen a vision in the Temple; and he was making signs to them without words. 23  And when the days of his work in the Temple were ended, he went back to his house. 24  After that time, Elisabeth, being certain that she was to become a mother, kept herself from men's eyes for five months, saying, 25  The Lord has done this to me, for his eyes were on me, to take away my shame in the eyes of men.

Jesus' Birth Foretold

26  Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town in Galilee, named Nazareth, 27  To a virgin who was to be married to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary. 28  And the angel came in to her and said, Peace be with you, to whom special grace has been given; the Lord is with you. 29  But she was greatly troubled at his words, and said to herself, What may be the purpose of these words? 30  And the angel said to her, Have no fear, Mary, for you have God's approval. 31  And see, you will give birth to a son, and his name will be Jesus. 32  He will be great, and will be named the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his father: 33  He will have rule over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. 34  And Mary said to the angel, How may this be, because I have had no knowledge of a man? 35  And the angel in answer said to her, The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will come to rest on you, and so that which will come to birth will be named holy, Son of God. 36  Even now Elisabeth, who is of your family, is to be a mother, though she is old: and this is the sixth month with her who was without children. 37  For there is nothing which God is not able to do. 38  And Mary said: I am the servant of the Lord; may it be to me as you say. And the angel went away.


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