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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,

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“Blessed (praised, glorified) be the Lord, the God of Israel,
Because He has visited us and brought redemption to His people,
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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.

O Livro

Lucas 1

Introdução

1Excelentíssimo Teófilo:

Escreveram­se já várias narrativas sobre Cristo, em que se usaram relatos que nos foram feitos pelos que viram o que aconteceu desde o início e que se tornaram mensageiros da boa nova de Deus. Pareceu­me, contudo, que seria bom ordenar todos esses relatos, dos mais antigos aos mais recentes, e, após um exame completo, dar­te este resumo desses factos que aconteceram no nosso meio, para fortalecer a tua confiança na verdade de tudo o que te foi ensinado.

O nascimento de João Baptista predito

5/7 No tempo em que Herodes era rei da Judeia, viveu um sacerdote judaico chamado Zacarias, o qual pertencia ao turno de Abias no serviço do templo. Tal como ele próprio, também sua mulher Isabel pertencia à tribo sacerdotal, sendo descendente de Arão. Zacarias e Isabel eram crentes, cuidadosos em observar todas as leis e preceitos de Deus. Sucedia que não tinham filhos, pois Isabel era estéril e ambos já eram muito velhos.

8/10 Certo dia, encontrando­se Zacarias ocupado no seu cargo no templo, porque naquela semana era o turno dele que estava de serviço, coube­lhe por sorteio entrar no santuário interior e queimar incenso diante do Senhor. Entretanto, grande multidão orava lá fora no pátio do templo, como sempre se fazia na altura do culto em que se queimava o incenso.

11/12 Achava­se Zacarias no santuário quando, de súbito, apareceu um anjo de pé à direita do altar do incenso! Zacarias ficou perturbado e cheio de medo, 13 mas o anjo disse­lhe:

“Não receies, Zacarias, porque vim dizer­te que Deus ouviu as tuas orações e que tua mulher Isabel vai dar à luz um filho teu, ao qual porás o nome de João! 14 O seu nascimento dar­vos­á grande prazer e contentamento, e muitos se alegrarão convosco, 15 pois ele será grande diante do Senhor. Nunca deverá beber vinho ou bebida alcoólica, e será cheio do Espírito Santo antes mesmo do seu nascimento. 16 Convencerá muitos judeus a voltarem­se para o Senhor seu Deus. 17 Será um homem forte de espírito e dotado de grande poder, tal como o profeta Elias, preparando o povo para receber o Senhor. Porá o coração dos pais de acordo com o dos filhos, e mudará as mentes desobedientes para que respeitem e obedeçam a Deus.”

18 Zacarias disse ao anjo: “Como posso saber que isso vai acontecer? Já sou velho, e também minha mulher é de idade bastante avançada.”

19/20 Então o anjo disse: “Eu sou Gabriel! O meu lugar é na própria presença de Deus. Foi ele quem me mandou trazer­te esta boa notícia! Mas, como não creste no que te disse, ficarás mudo e não poderás falar até que a criança nasça. E as minhas palavras irão cumprir­se no seu devido tempo.”

21/23 Entretanto, o povo esperava que Zacarias aparecesse e admirava­se por se demorar tanto. Quando finalmente saiu, não conseguia falar, e perceberam pelos seus gestos que devia ter tido qualquer visão no templo. Zacarias ali ficou durante os dias que lhe restavam de serviço e depois voltou para casa.

24/25 Passado pouco tempo, sua mulher Isabel ficou grávida e viveu recolhida durante cinco meses. “Como o Senhor é bom”, exclamava, “livrando­me assim da tristeza de não ter filhos!”

O nascimento de Jesus anunciado a Maria

26/28 Passados seis meses, Deus mandou o anjo Gabriel a Nazaré, uma localidade da Galileia, a uma virgem, Maria, prometida em casamento a um homem chamado José, descendente do rei David. Gabriel apareceu­lhe e disse: “Eu te saúdo, mulher favorecida! O Senhor está contigo!”

29 Confusa e perturbada, Maria perguntava a si própria o que quereria o anjo dizer com aquelas palavras. 30/33 “Não tenhas medo, Maria”, continuou o anjo, “porque Deus vai dar­te uma bênção maravilhosa! Muito em breve ficarás grávida e terás um menino, a quem chamarás Jesus. Será grande — será chamado Filho do Altíssimo. O Senhor Deus lhe dará o trono do seu antepassado, o rei David. Governará sobre a descendência de Israel para sempre. O seu reino jamais terá fim!”

34 Maria, então, perguntou ao anjo: “Mas como posso ter um filho se sou virgem?”

35/37 O anjo respondeu: “O Espírito Santo virá sobre ti, e o poder do Deus altíssimo cobrir­te­á como uma sombra; por isso, o menino que de ti vai nascer será santo, e será chamado o Filho de Deus. Além disso, também há seis meses Isabel, a tua parente, que toda a gente considerava estéril, ficou grávida, apesar da sua velhice! Porque nada é impossível para Deus.”

38 E Maria respondeu: “Dependo só do Senhor. Que se faça em mim segundo o que disseste. Que aconteça comigo tudo o que disseste.” Então o anjo desapareceu.

Maria visita Isabel

39/41 Alguns dias mais tarde, Maria foi apressadamente às terras montanhosas da Judeia, à vila onde Zacarias morava, para visitar Isabel. Quando Maria saudou a prima, o menino de Isabel saltou no seu ventre, e Isabel ficou cheia do Espírito Santo.

42 Com grande contentamento, Isabel exclamou, dirigindo­se a Maria: “Bendita és tu entre as mulheres, e bendito é o filho que estás a gerar. 43/45 Grande honra é esta, a de ser visitada pela mãe do meu Senhor! Quando me deste a tua saudação, no momento em que ouvi a tua voz, o menino saltou de alegria dentro de mim! És feliz por teres crido que Deus cumpriria as coisas que te foram ditas.”

O cântico de Maria

46/55 E Maria respondeu:

    “Oh, como eu louvo o Senhor!
    E quanto me alegro em Deus, meu Salvador!
    Porque reparou na sua humilde servidora,
        e agora, por todas as gerações, serei chamada bendita de Deus.
    Pois ele, o Deus santo e poderoso, me fez grandes coisas.
    A sua misericórdia estende­se para sempre a todos os que o temem.
    Como é poderoso o seu forte braço!
    Como faz fugir os orgulhosos e os arrogantes!
    Arrancou os príncipes dos seus tronos e exaltou os humildes.
    Fartou os famintos com coisas boas
        e mandou embora os ricos de mãos vazias.
    Socorreu o povo de Israel, que o serve!
    Não esqueceu a sua promessa de se mostrar compassivo.
    Porque prometeu aos nossos pais, Abraão e seus filhos,
        ser misericordioso com eles para sempre.”

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

O nascimento de João Baptista

57/58 Entretanto, o período de espera de Isabel chegou ao seu termo, e veio a hora da criança nascer. Era um menino. A notícia de como o Senhor tinha sido bondoso para ela espalhou­se rapidamente entre vizinhos e parentes, e todos se alegraram com ela.

59 Oito dias depois de nascer, parentes e amigos vieram para a cerimónia da circuncisão. Todos julgavam que a criança se chamaria Zacarias, como o pai. 60 Mas Isabel disse: “Não, ele vai chamar­se João!” 61 E exclamaram:

“João? Em toda a tua família não há ninguém que se chame assim”.

62 Então perguntaram por gestos ao pai da criança como iria ela chamar­se. 63 Ele pediu por sinais uma pequena placa e, com grande espanto de todos, escreveu, “O nome dele é João”. 64 E logo Zacarias conseguiu falar de novo, começando a louvar Deus. 65 O pasmo espalhou­se por toda a vizinhança e a notícia do sucedido correu pelos montes da Judeia.

66 Todos quantos ouviam falar no caso pensavam demoradamente e perguntavam: “Quem virá a ser este menino no futuro? Porque, de facto, a mão do Senhor está sobre ele de maneira muito especial”.

67 Então seu pai, Zacarias, cheio do Espírito Santo, falou em nome de Deus:

O cântico de Zacarias

68/79     “Louvem o Senhor, o Deus de Israel,
    porque veio dar auxílio ao seu povo e o salvou.
    Agora manda­nos um Salvador poderoso,
        da descendência do seu servo, o rei David,
    conforme prometeu através dos santos profetas, há muito tempo,
    alguém que nos livre dos nossos inimigos,
        de todos os que nos odeiam.
    Teve piedade dos nossos antepassados, sim, do próprio Abraão,
    lembrando­se da aliança sagrada que com ele fez,
    dando­nos o privilégio de servir Deus sem receio,
        libertos dos nossos inimigos,
    e tornando­nos santos e aceitáveis,
        aptos para estar na sua presença para sempre.
    E tu, meu filho, serás chamado profeta do Deus glorioso,
    porque prepararás o caminho para o Senhor.
    Dirás ao seu povo como achar a salvação,
        através do perdão dos pecados.
    Tudo isto porque a misericórdia do nosso Deus é muito grande,
    e porque o sol divino está prestes a brilhar sobre nós,
    para dar luz aos que se encontram sentados na escuridão
        e na noite da morte,
    e para nos guiar pelo caminho da paz.”

80 O menino ia crescendo e o seu espírito amadurecia; mais tarde vivia no deserto, até que começou com o seu trabalho público em Israel.