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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,
47 
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 
“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!
49 
“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].
50 
And His mercy is upon generation after generation
Toward those who [stand in great awe of God and] fear Him.
51 
“He has done mighty deeds with His [powerful] arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
52 
“He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And exalted those who were humble.
53 
He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent the rich away empty-handed.
54 
“He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
55 
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—
70 
Just as He promised by the mouth of His holy prophets from the most ancient times—
71 
Salvation from our enemies,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
72 
To show mercy [as He promised] to our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant [the promised blessing],
73 
The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
74 
To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
75 
In holiness [being set apart] and righteousness [being upright] before Him all our days.
76 
“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;
77 
To give His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
78 
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise (the Messiah) from on high will dawn and visit us,
79 
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.

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Lucas 1

Introdução

1Muitos já se dedicaram a elaborar um relato dos fatos que se cumpriram[a] entre nós, conforme nos foram transmitidos por aqueles que desde o início foram testemunhas oculares e servos da palavra. Eu mesmo investiguei tudo cuidadosamente, desde o começo, e decidi escrever-te um relato ordenado, ó excelentíssimo Teófilo, para que tenhas a certeza das coisas que te foram ensinadas.

O Nascimento de João Batista é Predito

No tempo de Herodes, rei da Judéia, havia um sacerdote chamado Zacarias, que pertencia ao grupo sacerdotal de Abias; Isabel, sua mulher, também era descendente de Arão. Ambos eram justos aos olhos de Deus, obedecendo de modo irrepreensível a todos os mandamentos e preceitos do Senhor. Mas eles não tinham filhos, porque Isabel era estéril; e ambos eram de idade avançada.

Certa vez, estando de serviço o seu grupo, Zacarias estava servindo como sacerdote diante de Deus. Ele foi escolhido por sorteio, de acordo com o costume do sacerdócio, para entrar no santuário do Senhor e oferecer incenso. 10 Chegando a hora de oferecer incenso, o povo todo estava orando do lado de fora.

11 Então um anjo do Senhor apareceu a Zacarias, à direita do altar do incenso. 12 Quando Zacarias o viu, perturbou-se e foi dominado pelo medo. 13 Mas o anjo lhe disse: “Não tenha medo, Zacarias; sua oração foi ouvida. Isabel, sua mulher, lhe dará um filho, e você lhe dará o nome de João. 14 Ele será motivo de prazer e de alegria para você, e muitos se alegrarão por causa do nascimento dele, 15 pois será grande aos olhos do Senhor. Ele nunca tomará vinho nem bebida fermentada, e será cheio do Espírito Santo desde antes do seu nascimento[b]. 16 Fará retornar muitos dentre o povo de Israel ao Senhor, o seu Deus. 17 E irá adiante do Senhor, no espírito e no poder de Elias, para fazer voltar o coração dos pais a seus filhos e os desobedientes à sabedoria dos justos, para deixar um povo preparado para o Senhor”.

18 Zacarias perguntou ao anjo: “Como posso ter certeza disso? Sou velho, e minha mulher é de idade avançada”.

19 O anjo respondeu: “Sou Gabriel, o que está sempre na presença de Deus. Fui enviado para lhe transmitir estas boas novas. 20 Agora você ficará mudo. Não poderá falar até o dia em que isso acontecer, porque não acreditou em minhas palavras, que se cumprirão no tempo oportuno”.

21 Enquanto isso, o povo esperava por Zacarias, estranhando sua demora no santuário. 22 Quando saiu, não conseguia falar nada; o povo percebeu então que ele tivera uma visão no santuário. Zacarias fazia sinais para eles, mas permanecia mudo.

23 Quando se completou seu período de serviço, ele voltou para casa. 24 Depois disso, Isabel, sua mulher, engravidou e durante cinco meses não saiu de casa. 25 E ela dizia: “Isto é obra do Senhor! Agora ele olhou para mim favoravelmente, para desfazer a minha humilhação perante o povo”.

O Nascimento de Jesus é Predito

26 No sexto mês Deus enviou o anjo Gabriel a Nazaré, cidade da Galiléia, 27 a uma virgem prometida em casamento a certo homem chamado José, descendente de Davi. O nome da virgem era Maria. 28 O anjo, aproximando-se dela, disse: “Alegre-se, agraciada! O Senhor está com você!”

29 Maria ficou perturbada com essas palavras, pensando no que poderia significar esta saudação. 30 Mas o anjo lhe disse:

“Não tenha medo, Maria;
    você foi agraciada por Deus!
31 Você ficará grávida
    e dará à luz um filho,
e lhe porá o nome de Jesus.
32 Ele será grande
    e será chamado
    Filho do Altíssimo.
O Senhor Deus lhe dará
    o trono de seu pai Davi,
33 e ele reinará para sempre sobre o povo de Jacó;
    seu Reino jamais terá fim”.

34 Perguntou Maria ao anjo: “Como acontecerá isso, se sou virgem?”

35 O anjo respondeu: “O Espírito Santo virá sobre você, e o poder do Altíssimo a cobrirá com a sua sombra. Assim, aquele que há de nascer será chamado Santo, Filho de Deus.[c] 36 Também Isabel, sua parenta, terá um filho na velhice; aquela que diziam ser estéril já está em seu sexto mês de gestação. 37 Pois nada é impossível para Deus”.

38 Respondeu Maria: “Sou serva do Senhor; que aconteça comigo conforme a tua palavra”. Então o anjo a deixou.

Maria Visita Isabel

39 Naqueles dias, Maria preparou-se e foi depressa para uma cidade da região montanhosa da Judéia, 40 onde entrou na casa de Zacarias e saudou Isabel. 41 Quando Isabel ouviu a saudação de Maria, o bebê agitou-se em seu ventre, e Isabel ficou cheia do Espírito Santo. 42 Em alta voz exclamou:

“Bendita é você
    entre as mulheres,
e bendito é o filho
    que você dará à luz!

43 Mas por que sou tão agraciada, ao ponto de me visitar a mãe do meu Senhor? 44 Logo que a sua saudação chegou aos meus ouvidos, o bebê que está em meu ventre agitou-se de alegria. 45 Feliz é aquela que creu que se cumprirá aquilo que o Senhor lhe disse!”

O Cântico de Maria

46 Então disse Maria:

“Minha alma engrandece
    ao Senhor
47 e o meu espírito se alegra
    em Deus,
meu Salvador,
48 pois atentou
    para a humildade
    da sua serva.
De agora em diante,
    todas as gerações
    me chamarão
bem-aventurada,
49 pois o Poderoso fez
    grandes coisas em meu favor;
santo é o seu nome.
50 A sua misericórdia estende-se aos que o temem,
    de geração em geração.
51 Ele realizou poderosos feitos com seu braço;
dispersou os que são soberbos
    no mais íntimo do coração.
52 Derrubou governantes
    dos seus tronos,
mas exaltou os humildes.
53 Encheu de coisas boas
    os famintos,
mas despediu de mãos vazias os ricos.
54 Ajudou a seu servo Israel,
lembrando-se
    da sua misericórdia
55 para com Abraão
    e seus descendentes
    para sempre,
como dissera
    aos nossos antepassados”.

56 Maria ficou com Isabel cerca de três meses e depois voltou para casa.

O Nascimento de João Batista

57 Ao se completar o tempo de Isabel dar à luz, ela teve um filho. 58 Seus vizinhos e parentes ouviram falar da grande misericórdia que o Senhor lhe havia demonstrado e se alegraram com ela.

59 No oitavo dia foram circuncidar o menino e queriam dar-lhe o nome do pai, Zacarias; 60 mas sua mãe tomou a palavra e disse: “Não! Ele será chamado João”.

61 Disseram-lhe: “Você não tem nenhum parente com esse nome”.

62 Então fizeram sinais ao pai do menino, para saber como queria que a criança se chamasse. 63 Ele pediu uma tabuinha e, para admiração de todos, escreveu: “O nome dele é João”. 64 Imediatamente sua boca se abriu, sua língua se soltou e ele começou a falar, louvando a Deus. 65 Todos os vizinhos ficaram cheios de temor, e por toda a região montanhosa da Judéia se falava sobre essas coisas. 66 Todos os que ouviam falar disso se perguntavam: “O que vai ser este menino?” Pois a mão do Senhor estava com ele.

O Cântico de Zacarias

67 Seu pai, Zacarias, foi cheio do Espírito Santo e profetizou:

68 “Louvado seja o Senhor,
    o Deus de Israel,
porque visitou e redimiu
    o seu povo.
69 Ele promoveu
    poderosa salvação[d] para nós,
na linhagem do seu servo Davi,
70 (como falara pelos seus santos profetas,
    na antigüidade),
71 salvando-nos
    dos nossos inimigos
e da mão de todos
    os que nos odeiam,
72 para mostrar sua misericórdia aos nossos antepassados
    e lembrar sua santa aliança,
73 o juramento que fez
    ao nosso pai Abraão:
74 resgatar-nos da mão
    dos nossos inimigos
para o servirmos sem medo,
75 em santidade e justiça,
    diante dele
todos os nossos dias.
76 E você, menino, será chamado profeta do Altíssimo,
    pois irá adiante do Senhor,
para lhe preparar o caminho,
77 para dar ao seu povo
    o conhecimento da salvação,
mediante o perdão
    dos seus pecados,
78 por causa
    das ternas misericórdias
    de nosso Deus,
pelas quais do alto
    nos visitará
o sol nascente,
79 para brilhar sobre aqueles
    que estão vivendo nas trevas
    e na sombra da morte,
e guiar nossos pés
    no caminho da paz”.

80 E o menino crescia e se fortalecia em espírito; e viveu no deserto, até aparecer publicamente a Israel.

Notas al pie

  1. 1.1 Ou que foram aceitos com convicção
  2. 1.15 Ou desde o ventre de sua mãe
  3. 1.35 Ou Assim, o santo que há de nascer será chamado Filho de Deus.
  4. 1.69 Grego: Ele erigiu um chifre de salvação.