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Luke 1

Introduction

1Since [as is well known] many have undertaken to compile an orderly account of the things which have been fulfilled among us [by God], exactly as they were handed down to us by those [with personal experience] who from the beginning [of Christ’s ministry] were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word [that is, of the teaching concerning salvation through faith in Christ], it seemed fitting for [a]me as well, [and so I have decided] after having carefully searched out and investigated all the events accurately, from the very beginning, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been [b]taught [that is, the history and doctrine of the faith].

Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

In the days of Herod [the Great], king of Judea, there was a certain priest whose name was [c]Zacharias, of [d]the division of Abijah. His wife was [e]a descendant of Aaron [the first high priest of Israel], and her name was Elizabeth. They both were righteous (approved) in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. But they were childless, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both far advanced in years.

Now it happened while Zacharias was serving as priest before God in the appointed order of his priestly division, as was the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter [the sanctuary of] the temple of the Lord and [f]burn incense [on the altar of incense]. 10 And all the congregation was praying outside [in the court of the temple] at the hour of the incense offering. 11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 When Zacharias saw the angel, he was troubled and overcome with fear. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, because your petition [in prayer] was heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him [g]John. 14 You will have great joy and delight, and many will rejoice over his birth, 15 for he will be great and distinguished in the sight of the Lord; and will never drink wine or liquor, and he will be filled with and empowered to act by the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb. 16 He will turn many of the sons of Israel back [from sin] to [love and serve] the Lord their God. 17 It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous [which is to seek and submit to the will of God]—in order to make ready a people [perfectly] prepared [spiritually and morally] for the Lord.”

18 And Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I be certain of this? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in age.” 19 The angel replied and said to him, “I am Gabriel; I stand and minister in the [very] presence of God, and I have been sent [by Him] to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 [h]Listen carefully, you will be continually silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe what I told you; but my words will be fulfilled at their proper time.”

21 The people [outside in the court] were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering about his long delay in the temple. 22 But when he did come out, he was unable to speak to them. They realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he kept making signs to them, and remained mute. 23 When his time of priestly service was finished, he returned to his home.

24 Now after this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant, and for five months she secluded herself completely, saying, 25 “This is how the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor on me, to take away my [i]disgrace among men.”

Jesus’ Birth Foretold

26 Now in the sixth month [of Elizabeth’s pregnancy] the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin [j]betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming to her, the angel said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was greatly perplexed at what he said, and kept carefully considering what kind of greeting this was. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Listen carefully: you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and eminent 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 (Israel) forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin and have no intimacy with any man?” 35 Then the angel replied to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a cloud]; for that reason the holy (pure, sinless) Child shall be called the Son of God. 36 And listen, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible.” 38 Then Mary said, “[k]Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel left her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 Now at this time Mary arose and hurried to the hill country, to a city of Judah (Judea), 40 and she entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, her baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered by Him. 42 And she exclaimed loudly, “Blessed [worthy to be praised] are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed [spiritually fortunate and favored by God] is she who believed and confidently trusted that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her [by the angel sent] from the Lord.”

The Magnificat

46 And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies and exalts the Lord,
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And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
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“For He has looked [with loving care] on the humble state of His maidservant;
For behold, from now on all generations will count me blessed and happy and favored by God!
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“For He who is mighty has done great things for me;
And holy is His name [to be worshiped in His purity, majesty, and glory].
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And His mercy is upon generation after generation
Toward those who [stand in great awe of God and] fear Him.
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“He has done mighty deeds with His [powerful] arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
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“He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And exalted those who were humble.
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He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent the rich away empty-handed.
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“He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
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Just as He promised to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

56 And Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months, and then returned to her home.

John Is Born

57 Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown His great mercy toward her, and they were rejoicing with her.

59 It happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child [as required by the Law], and they intended to name him Zacharias, after his father; 60 but his mother answered, “No indeed; instead he will be called John.” 61 And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by that name.” 62 Then they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called. 63 And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote as follows, “His name is John.” And they were all astonished. 64 At once Zacharias’ mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began speaking, praising and blessing and thanking God. 65 Then fear came on all their neighbors; and all these things were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. 66 All who heard these things kept them in mind, saying, “What then will this little boy turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him [to bring about his birth].

Zacharias’ Prophecy

67 Now Zacharias his father was filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered by Him, and he prophesied, saying,

68 
“Blessed (praised, glorified) be the Lord, the God of Israel,
Because He has visited us and brought redemption to His people,
69 
And He has raised up a [l]horn of salvation [a mighty and valiant Savior] for us
In the house of David His servant—
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Just as He promised by the mouth of His holy prophets from the most ancient times—
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Salvation from our enemies,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
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To show mercy [as He promised] to our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant [the promised blessing],
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The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
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To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
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In holiness [being set apart] and righteousness [being upright] before Him all our days.
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“And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on before the Lord (the Messiah) to prepare His ways;
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To give His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
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Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise (the Messiah) from on high will dawn and visit us,
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To shine upon those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
To guide our feet [in a straight line] into the way of peace and serenity.”

80 The child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel [as John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah].

Notas al pie

  1. Luke 1:3 Luke may have been a Gentile. If so, he is the only Gentile author whose work is included in the NT. In addition to The Gospel of Luke, he wrote The Acts of the Apostles, and is thought by some scholars to have been the author of The Letter to the Hebrews.
  2. Luke 1:4 Or orally instructed.
  3. Luke 1:5 I.e. Zechariah. The spelling is different because a Greek word cannot end with an “h,” and in place of “ah” the common Greek ending “-as” was substituted.
  4. Luke 1:5 King David organized the priests into 24 groups or divisions, each headed by a president. A division served twice a year for a week at a time (1 Chr 24:1-19).
  5. Luke 1:5 Lit from the daughters of.
  6. Luke 1:9 I.e. normally a once-in-a-lifetime privilege for a priest.
  7. Luke 1:13 John the Baptist is considered the last of the Old Testament prophets. His mother, Elizabeth, and Mary the mother of Jesus, were related (1:36), and Mary may have been with Elizabeth at the time John was born (1:56). John the Baptist is not to be confused with John the Apostle who, along with his brother James, was among the twelve disciples of Jesus. John and James were the sons of Zebedee and Salome. John the Apostle authored the Gospel of John, three brief letters (1 John, 2 John, 3 John), and Revelation.
  8. Luke 1:20 Lit behold.
  9. Luke 1:25 At this time childlessness was a social stigma.
  10. Luke 1:27 The first stage of marriage (called shiddukin in Hebrew) in Jewish tradition and law, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night; unlike an engagement, it was legally binding and required a divorce to nullify it. The woman remained with her parents during the betrothal year and was referred to as a “wife” even though the marriage was not consummated during this period of time.
  11. Luke 1:38 Mary’s response was significantly different from Zacharias’ (v 18). Zacharias would not take Gabriel’s word, and instead wanted some kind of miraculous sign as proof.
  12. Luke 1:69 In the OT a symbol of strength.

Knijga O Kristu

Evanđelje po Luki 1

prema predaji prvih učenika i drugih očevidaca.[a]

Odlučio sam stoga i ja, vrli Teofile, tebi napisati sve po redu, pošto sam sve od početka pomno ispitao,

da se tako osvjedočiš u pouzdanost učenja koje si primio.

Navještenje rođenja Ivana Krstitelja

Za vladavine judejskoga kralja Heroda bio je neki svećenik imenom Zaharija iz Abijina reda hramskih službenika. žena mu je također bila iz Aronova svećeničkog plemena. Zvala se Elizabeta.

Oboje su bili pravedni pred Bogom jer su besprijekorno bili poslušni svim zapovijedima i odredbama Gospodnjim.

Nisu imali djece jer je Elizabeta bila nerotkinja, a oboje su već bili u poodmakloj dobi.

Jednoga je dana Zaharija služio Bogu u Hramu jer je na dužnosti bio njegov red.

Prema svećeničkome običaju ždrijebom ga zapadne da uđe u Svetište Gospodnje i da prinese k

10 Za vrijeme kađenja sve se mnoštvo naroda vani molilo.

11 A Zahariji se ukaže Božji anđeo. Stajao je s desne strane kadionog žrtvenika.

12 Kad ga ugleda, Zaharija se veoma prestraši.

13 Ali anđeo mu reče: 'Ne boj se, Zaharija! Jer uslišana ti je molitva: tvoja će ti žena Elizabeta roditi sina. Nadjenut ćeš mu ime Ivan.

14 Bit ćeš radostan i veseo, i mnogi će se veseliti njegovu rođenju.

15 Bit će on doista velik u očima Gospodnjim. Neće piti vina ni drugoga opojnog pića. Bit će ispunjen Svetim Duhom još od majčine utrobe.

16 Navest će mnoge židove da se obrate Gospodinu, svojemu Bogu.

17 Ići će pred Gospodinom pun duha i sile kao drevni prorok Ilija. Obratit će srce otaca k sinovima, a nepokorne umove promijeniti tako da prihvate razumnost pravednika. Pripremit će narod za dolazak Gospodnji.'

18 Zaharija reče anđelu: 'Po čemu ću znati da će se to dogoditi? Već sam star, a i žena mi je u poodmakloj dobi.'

19 Anđeo mu odgovori: 'Ja sam Gabrijel, koji stojim pred samim Bogom. Poslan sam da govorim s tobom i da ti donesem radosnu vijest.

20 A sada ćeš zanijemiti i nećeš moći govoriti do dana kada za to dođe vrijeme i moje se riječi ispune zato što im nisi povjerovao.

21 Narod je za to vrijeme čekao Zahariju i čudio se što se on toliko zadržao u Svetištu.

22 Kad je napokon izišao, nije im mogao ništa reći. Oni shvate da je u Svetištu imao viđenje. Pokušao im je govoriti znacima, ali je ostao nijem.

23 Ostao je u Hramu dok nisu istekli dani njegove službe, a zatim se vratio doma.

24 Ubrzo zatim njegova žena Elizabeta zanese. Pet mjeseci se krila. Govorila je:

25 'Gospodin mi je to učinio! Skinuo je s mene sramotu pred ljudima.'

Navještenje Isusova rođenja

26 Nakon šest mjeseci Bog pošalje anđela Gabrijela u galilejski grad Nazaret

27 k djevici Mariji, zaručenoj za čovjeka imenom Josip, iz Davidove loze.

28 Gabrijel joj se ukazao i rekao: 'Zdravo, milosti puna! Gospodin s tobom!'

29 Nato se Marija uznemiri te se počne domišljati što bi taj pozdrav mogao značiti.

30 'Ne boj se, Marijo!' reče joj anđeo. 'Bog ti je odlučio dati milost.

31 Zanijet ćeš i roditi sina. Nadjenut ćeš mu ime Isus.

32 On će biti vrlo velik i zvat će se Sin Svevišnjega. Gospodin Bog dat će mu prijestolje njegova pretka Davida.

33 Vladat će Izraelom[b] zauvijek; njegovu kraljevstvu neće biti kraja.'

34 Marija upita anđela: 'Ali kako? Ja još nisam upoznala muškarca.'

35 Anđeo joj odgovori: 'Sveti Duh će sići na tebe i sila Svevišnjega će te zakriliti. Zato će dijete koje rodiš biti sveto, Božji Sin.

36 Eto, tvoja je sestrična Elizabeta u starosti začela sina. Zvali su ju nerotkinjom, a trudna je već šest mjeseci.

37 Jer Bogu nije ništa nemoguće!'

38 Marija mu reče: 'Evo, Božja sam sluškinja. Neka mi bude kao što si rekao!' Anđeo tada ode.

Marija posjećuje Elizabetu

39 Nekoliko dana poslije Marija požuri u gorski predjel Judeje,

40 k Zahariji. Uđe u kuću i pozdravi Elizabetu.

41 Na Marijin pozdrav Elizabeti poskoči dijete u utrobi, a ona se napuni Svetim Duhom

42 te glasno poviče: 'Najblagoslovljenija si od svih žena i blagoslovljen je plod tvoje utrobe!

43 Kakve li časti da me posjeti majka mojega Gospodina!

44 Jer onog časa kad je tvoj pozdrav dopro do mojih ušiju, na tvoj je glas čedo u meni poskočilo od radosti!

45 Blago tebi jer si povjerovala da će se ispuniti što ti je rekao Gospodin!'

Marijin hvalospjev

46 Marija tada reče:
    'Slavi duša moja Gospodina!
47     Duh se moj raduje u Bogu, mojemu Spasitelju!
48     Spomenuo se milostivo svoje neznatne sluškinje! Svi će me naraštaji odsad nazivati blaženom
49     jer mi je Svesilni, čije je ime sveto, učinio velika djela.
50     Njegova je milost od naraštaja do naraštaja nad onima koji ga štuju.
51     Moćnom rukom čini silna djela, rastjeruje ohole i umišljene.
52     Zbacio je s prijestolja vladare, a uzvisio neznatne.
53     Gladne je nasitio dobrima, a bogataše otpustio praznih ruku.
54     Priskočio je u pomoć svojemu sluzi Izraelu sjećajući se milosti
55     koju je obećao našim precima: da će Abrahamu i njegovim potomcima uvijek biti milostiv.'

56 Marija je s Elizabetom ostala otprilike tri mjeseca, a zatim se vratila doma.

Rođenje Ivana KRSTITELJA

57 Elizabeti je došlo vrijeme da rodi te ona rodi sina.

58 Kad se među njezinim susjedima i rodbinom pročulo da joj je Bog iskazao veliku milost, veselili su se skupa s njom.

59 Kad je dijete navršilo osam dana, okupe se na obredu obrezanja. Htjeli su dječaka nazvati Zaharijom po ocu,

60 ali se Elizabeta usprotivi: 'Nipošto! Mora se zvati Ivan!'

61 'Pa u cijeloj se tvojoj obitelji nitko tako ne zove!'

62 Zato znacima upitaju dječakova oca kako ga želi nazvati.

63 On zatraži da mu daju pločicu i napiše: 'Zove se Ivan.' Svi se začude,

64 a Zahariji se odriješi jezik te on smjesta progovori i počne slaviti Boga.

65 Strah Božji obuzme sve žitelje toga kraja. Po cijelome judejskom gorju prepričavali su se ti događaji.

66 I tko god bi o njima čuo, razmišljao je o njima i pitao se: 'Što će biti od toga djeteta? Zaista je nad njim ruka Gospodnja.'

Zaharijino proročanstvo

67 Tada njegova oca Zahariju ispuni Sveti Duh te on izrekne proročanstvo:
68     'Slava Gospodinu Bogu Izraelovu jer je pohodio svoj narod i otkupio ga!
69     Podiže nam silnog Spasitelja iz potomstva svojega sluge Davida,
70     kao što je od davnine obećao kroz riječi svojih svetih proroka:
71     spasiti nas od neprijatelja i od ruku svih naših mrzitelja.
72     Bio je milosrdan našim precima i spomenuo se svojega svetog Saveza,
73     zavjeta koji je dao našemu ocu Abrahamu.
74     Izbavio nas je od neprijatelja da mu možemo služiti bez straha
75     u svetosti i pravednosti u sve svoje dane.
76     A ti ćeš se, sine moj, zvati prorokom Svevišnjega jer ćeš ići ispred Gospodina da mu pripraviš put.
77     Poučit ćeš njegov narod kako da spozna spasenje kroz oproštenje svojih grijeha,
78     po milosrdnom srcu našega Boga po kojemu će nas pohoditi zora s visine
79     da donese svjetlo onima koji prebivaju u tmini i u smrtnoj sjeni te da naše korake povede putem mira.'

80 Dječak je rastao i duhovno jačao. Kad je odrastao, živio je u pustinji sve dok nije započeo javnu službu pred Izraelom.

Notas al pie

  1. Evanđelje po Luki 1:2 U grčkome: onih koji su od početka bili očevici i sluge Riječi.
  2. Evanđelje po Luki 1:33 U grčkome: domom Jakovljevim