Luke 1:21-38 New American Standard Bible

21  The people were waiting for Zacharias , and were wondering at his delay in the temple . 22  But when he came out, he was unable e to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple ; and he kept [1]making signs to them, and remained mute . 23  When the days of his priestly service were ended , he went back home . 24  After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant , and she [2]kept herself in seclusion for five months , saying , 25  "This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men ."

Jesus' Birth Foretold

26  Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth , 27  to a virgin [3]engaged to a man whose name was Joseph , of the [4]descendants of David ; and the virgin's name was [5]Mary . 28  And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings , [6]favored one! The Lord [7]is with you." 29  But she was very perplexed at this statement , and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30  The angel said to her, " Do not be afraid , Mary ; for you have found favor with God . 31  "And behold , you will conceive in your womb and bear a son , and you shall name Him Jesus . 32  "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High ; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David ; 33  and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever , and His kingdom will have no end ." 34  Mary said to the angel , "How [8]can this be, since I [9]am a virgin e e ?" 35  The angel answered and said to her, " The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the [10]holy Child shall be called the Son of God . 36  "And behold , even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age ; and [11]she who was called barren is now in her sixth month . 37  "For [12] nothing e e will be impossible with God ." 38  And Mary said , "Behold , the [13]bondslave of the Lord ; may it be done to me according to your word ." And the angel departed from her.


[1] 1:22 Or "beckoning to" or "nodding to"

[2] 1:24 Lit "was hidden"

[3] 1:27 Or "betrothed;" i.e. the first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night. More legal than engagement

[4] 1:27 Lit "house"

[5] 1:27 Gr "Mariam;" i.e. Heb Miriam; so throughout Luke

[6] 1:28 Or "woman richly blessed"

[7] 1:28 Or "be"

[8] 1:34 Lit "will"

[9] 1:34 Lit "know no man"

[10] 1:35 Lit "the holy thing begotten"

[11] 1:36 Lit "this is the sixth month to her who"

[12] 1:37 Lit "not any word"

[13] 1:38 I.e. female slave

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