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Lukasevangeliet 1:1-80

1-3Højtærede Teofilus!

Der er mange, som har berettet om de begivenheder, der har fundet sted iblandt os, og vi har hørt det fortalt af dem, der fra begyndelsen var øjenvidner og senere forkyndte os Guds ord. Når jeg nu har sat mig for at gennemgå det alt sammen og nedskrive det for dig i rækkefølge, 4er det, for at du kan blive overbevist om pålideligheden af det, du er blevet undervist om.

Johannes Døbers mirakuløse undfangelse

5Dengang Herodes1,5 Kong Herodes den Store, som man hidtil har ment døde i år 4 f.Kr., men som nogle nu mener døde i 1 f. Kr. regerede over jødernes land, var der en jødisk præst ved navn Zakarias. Han hørte til Abijas skiftehold1,5 Alle de jødiske præster nedstammede fra den første præst Aron fra Levis stamme. De var inddelt i 24 skiftehold, og hvert hold gjorde tjeneste i helligdommen i én uge ca. to gange om året. Jf. 1.Krøn. 24. blandt præsterne. Hans kone, Elisabet, var efterkommer af Aron, ligesom han selv var. 6De var retskafne mennesker og efterlevede Guds lov til punkt og prikke. 7Men de havde ingen børn, for Elisabet kunne ikke få børn, og nu var de begge oppe i årene.

8En dag, da Zakarias var i færd med sin tjeneste i templet, for det var hans hold, der havde tjeneste i den uge, 9tilfaldt det ham ved lodtrækning at gå ind i det hellige rum i templet for at bringe røgelsesofferet. 10Imens han var i færd med det, stod en stor forsamling af jøder ude i tempelgården og bad, som de plejede, når der brændtes røgelse. 11Pludselig fik Zakarias inde i templet øje på en engel, der stod på højre side af røgelsesalteret, 12og det gjorde ham skrækslagen.

13„Vær ikke bange, Zakarias!” sagde englen. „Jeg er kommet for at fortælle dig, at Gud har hørt dine bønner. Din kone Elisabet vil få en søn, som du skal kalde Johannes. 14Han vil blive til stor glæde for dig selv og mange andre, 15for han vil blive en af Guds største tjenere. Han må aldrig drikke vin eller øl, og han vil blive fyldt med Helligåndens kraft,1,15 Se noten til Matt. 1,18. allerede før han bliver født. 16Mange af Israels folk vil vende om fra deres ondskab og søge Herren, deres Gud, når de hører ham tale. 17Johannes vil træde frem i profeten Elias’ ånd og kraft. Han vil hjælpe forældre til at blive forsonet med deres børn og hjælpe de ulydige til at forstå visdommen i at gøre Guds vilje. Han vil gøre folket parat til at møde Herren.1,17 Jf. Mal. 3,23-24.

18„Det har jeg svært ved at tro,” indvendte Zakarias. „Jeg er jo en halvgammel mand, og min kone er også godt oppe i årene. Giver du mig et tegn, så jeg kan tro på det?”

19Englen svarede: „Jeg er Gabriel, Guds betroede tjener, og han har sendt mig herhen for at fortælle dig den gode nyhed. 20Men fordi du tvivlede på, hvad jeg sagde, vil du få det tegn at blive stum. Du vil ikke kunne sige et eneste ord, før barnet er født. Men det, jeg har sagt, vil ske til den fastsatte tid!”

21Forsamlingen udenfor stod og ventede på, at Zakarias skulle komme ud til dem, og de undrede sig over, at han blev så længe inde i templet. 22Da han endelig kom ud, kunne han ikke få et ord frem, og folk forstod, at han havde haft et syn i templet. Han forsøgte med tegn og fagter at forklare, hvad der var sket.

23Efter at Zakarias havde fuldført sin tjenesteuge i templet, vendte han tilbage til sit hjem. 24Og det varede ikke længe, før Elisabet blev gravid, hvorefter hun holdt sig inden døre i fem måneder.

25„Det er Gud, der har gjort det!” udbrød hun. „Han har været nådig imod mig og taget min skam bort.”1,25 At være barnløs blev betragtet som en straf fra Gud, og folk så ned på sådanne kvinder.

Den mirakuløse undfangelse af Jesus, Guds Søn

26Et halvt år efter at Gud havde sendt Gabriel til Zakarias, sendte han ham til Nazaret i Galilæa, 27hvor der var en ung pige ved navn Maria. Hun var forlovet med en mand, der hed Josef, og han var af Kong Davids slægt. 28Da Gabriel kom til hende, sagde han: „Fred være med dig! Du er elsket af Gud, og han har store planer med dig.” 29Maria blev forbløffet over de ord og spekulerede på, hvad meningen kunne være.

30„Vær ikke bange, Maria,” sagde englen, „for du er udvalgt af Gud. 31Du vil blive gravid og føde en søn, som du skal give navnet Jesus. 32Han vil få stor betydning, for han er den Almægtiges Søn. Gud Herren vil sætte ham på Davids trone, 33og han skal for altid være konge over Israels folk. Hans herredømme vil aldrig få ende.”

34„Men hvordan skulle jeg kunne få et barn?” spurgte Maria. „Jeg har jo ikke nogen mand.”1,34 En kvinde, der fik et barn, før hun var gift, risikerede dødsstraf.

35Englen svarede: „Helligånden vil komme over dig, og den almægtige Guds kraft vil gøre et under i dig. Derfor vil det barn, du skal føde, blive et helligt barn, Guds Søn. 36Og jeg kan fortælle dig, at din gamle slægtning Elisabet, som aldrig har kunnet få børn, nu venter et barn. Hun er allerede i sjette måned. 37Intet er umuligt for Gud.”

38„Så er jeg parat til at acceptere Guds vilje,” udbrød Maria. „Lad det blot ske, som du har sagt.” Så forlod englen hende.

Maria besøger Elisabet

39-40Maria tog nu af sted til Judæas højland, til den by, hvor Zakarias boede, for hun ville besøge Elisabet. 41I samme øjeblik Elisabet hørte Marias fredshilsen, sparkede barnet inde i hendes mave, og hun blev fyldt med Helligåndens kraft.

42„Maria!” råbte hun glædestrålende, „hvor er du en velsignet kvinde, og velsignet er det barn, du venter. 43Hvilken ære, at min Herres mor kommer og besøger mig. 44Netop da jeg hørte din fredshilsen, hoppede barnet inden i mig af fryd. 45Du er velsignet, fordi du troede på, at Gud ville opfylde det løfte, han gav dig.”

Marias lovprisning

46Maria brød nu ud i en lovprisning til Gud:

„Jeg priser Herren af hele mit hjerte!

47Jeg fryder mig over Gud, min Frelser,

48for han har udvalgt mig, sin ringe tjener.

Alle kommende slægter vil kalde mig velsignet,

49for den Almægtige har gjort store ting mod mig.

Han er en hellig Gud,

50og hans trofaste nåde gælder alle, der ærer ham.

51Han straffer enhver, som har hovmod i hjertet,

og spreder dem for alle vinde.

52Verdens fyrster styrter han fra tronen,

men de ydmyge ophøjer han.

53De sultne mætter han med alt godt,

men de rige sender han tomhændet bort.

54Han er kommet for at hjælpe sin tjener Israel

ved at opfylde sit løfte om nåde,

55det løfte, han gav vores forfædre,

om at velsigne Abraham og hans børn for evigt.”

56Maria blev hos Elisabet i omtrent tre måneder og vendte så tilbage til sit hjem.

Johannes Døbers fødsel

57Dagen kom, hvor Elisabet skulle føde, og hun fik en dreng. 58Familie og naboer fik hurtigt den gode nyhed at vide, og alle glædede sig over Guds godhed mod hende.

59Ugedagen1,59 Teksten siger: „på den ottende dag”, hvilket er det samme som „syv dage efter”. efter kom slægt og venner for at deltage i omskærelsesceremonien. Alle regnede med, at drengen skulle hedde Zakarias som sin far, 60men Elisabet sagde: „Nej, han skal hedde Johannes!”1,60 Navne havde en betydning, som var væsentlig for jøderne. Johannes er det samme som Johanan, og det betyder: „Gud bringer nåde”.

61„Hvorfor?” udbrød de. „Der er ikke én i hele familien, der hedder sådan.” 62Så spurgte de med tegn og fagter barnets far, hvad han ønskede, drengen skulle hedde. 63Han bad om en tavle, og til alles store overraskelse skrev han: „Drengens navn er Johannes.”

64I samme øjeblik kunne Zakarias tale igen, og han begyndte at lovprise Gud. 65Naboerne blev slået af forundring, og beretningen herom gik fra mund til mund over hele Judæas højland. 66Alle, der hørte om det, undrede sig og sagde: „Hvad mon Gud har for med den dreng?” De mirakler, der var sket, gjorde det klart, at Gud havde særlige planer med ham.

67Johannes’ far, Zakarias, blev fyldt med Helligåndens kraft og profeterede:

68„Lovet være Herren, Israels Gud,

for han har besluttet at befri sit folk.

69Han har ladet fremstå en forunderlig Frelser

af sin tjener Davids slægt.

70Det forudsagde han gennem sine hellige profeter

i fordums tid:

71En Frelser, der skal befri os fra vore fjender,

fra alle, der hader os.

72-75Han husker sin pagt med Abraham,

det løfte, han selv har givet,

om at vi altid kunne tjene ham i hellighed og retfærdighed

uden frygt for vore fjender.

76Og du, mit barn,

du skal kaldes den Højestes profet,

for du skal bane vej for Herren.

77Du skal fortælle hans folk om frelsen,

ved at de får deres synd tilgivet

78som følge af Guds inderlige barmhjertighed.

Solen fra det Høje er på vej for at hjælpe os.

79Hans lys vil skinne for dem,

som lever i mørke og i dødens skygge,

og han vil lede vore fødder ind på fredens vej.”

80Johannes voksede op og var meget modtagelig for åndelig åbenbarelse. Han opholdt sig i ødemarken, mens han forberedte sig til den dag, da han skulle træde offentligt frem for Israels folk.

New International Reader's Version

Luke 1:1-80

Luke Writes an Orderly Report

1Many people have attempted to write about the things that have taken place among us. 2Reports of these things were handed down to us. There were people who saw these things for themselves from the beginning. They saw them and then passed the word on. 3With this in mind, I myself have carefully looked into everything from the beginning. So I also decided to write down an orderly report of exactly what happened. I am doing this for you, most excellent Theophilus. 4I want you to know that the things you have been taught are true.

The Coming Birth of John the Baptist

5Herod was king of Judea. During the time he was ruling, there was a priest named Zechariah. He belonged to a group of priests named after Abijah. His wife Elizabeth also came from the family line of Aaron. 6Both of them did what was right in the sight of God. They obeyed all the Lord’s commands and rules faithfully. 7But they had no children, because Elizabeth was not able to have any. And they were both very old.

8One day Zechariah’s group was on duty. He was serving as a priest in God’s temple. 9He happened to be chosen, in the usual way, to go into the temple of the Lord. There he was supposed to burn incense. 10The time came for this to be done. All who had gathered to worship were praying outside.

11Then an angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah. The angel was standing at the right side of the incense altar. 12When Zechariah saw him, he was amazed and terrified. 13But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah. Your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will have a child. It will be a boy, and you must call him John. 14He will be a joy and delight to you. His birth will make many people very glad. 15He will be important in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or other such drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17And he will prepare the way for the Lord. He will have the same spirit and power that Elijah had. He will bring peace between parents and their children. He will teach people who don’t obey to be wise and do what is right. In this way, he will prepare a people who are ready for the Lord.”

18Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man, and my wife is old too.”

19The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I serve God. I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20And now you will have to be silent. You will not be able to speak until after John is born. That’s because you did not believe my words. They will come true at the time God has chosen.”

21During that time, the people were waiting for Zechariah to come out of the temple. They wondered why he stayed there so long. 22When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple. They knew this because he kept gesturing to them. He still could not speak.

23When his time of service was over, he returned home. 24After that, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant. She stayed at home for five months. 25“The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days, he has been kind to me. He has taken away my shame among the people.”

The Coming Birth of Jesus

26In the sixth month after Elizabeth had become pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee. 27He was sent to a virgin. The girl was engaged to a man named Joseph. He came from the family line of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel greeted her and said, “The Lord has blessed you in a special way. He is with you.”

29Mary was very upset because of his words. She wondered what kind of greeting this could be. 30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary. God is very pleased with you. 31You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must call him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king like his father David of long ago. 33The Son of the Most High God will rule forever over his people. They are from the family line of Jacob. That kingdom will never end.”

34“How can this happen?” Mary asked the angel. “I am a virgin.”

35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come to you. The power of the Most High God will cover you. So the holy one that is born will be called the Son of God. 36Your relative Elizabeth will have a child even though she is old. People thought she could not have children. But she has been pregnant for six months now. 37That’s because what God says will always come true.”

38“I serve the Lord,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me just as you said it would.” Then the angel left her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in Judea’s hill country. 40There she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby inside her jumped. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she called out, “God has blessed you more than other women. And blessed is the child you will have! 43But why is God so kind to me? Why has the mother of my Lord come to me? 44As soon as I heard the sound of your voice, the baby inside me jumped for joy. 45You are a woman God has blessed. You have believed that the Lord would keep his promises to you!”

Mary’s Song

46Mary said,

“My soul gives glory to the Lord.

47My spirit delights in God my Savior.

48He has taken note of me

even though I am not considered important.

From now on all people will call me blessed.

49The Mighty One has done great things for me.

His name is holy.

50He shows his mercy to those who have respect for him,

from parent to child down through the years.

51He has done mighty things with his powerful arm.

He has scattered those who are proud in their deepest thoughts.

52He has brought down rulers from their thrones.

But he has lifted up people who are not considered important.

53He has filled with good things those who are hungry.

But he has sent away empty those who are rich.

54He has helped the people of Israel, who serve him.

He has always remembered to be kind

55to Abraham and his children down through the years.

He has done it just as he promised to our people of long ago.”

56Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months. Then she returned home.

John the Baptist Is Born

57The time came for Elizabeth to have her baby. She gave birth to a son. 58Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had been very kind to her. They shared her joy.

59On the eighth day, they came to have the child circumcised. They were going to name him Zechariah, like his father. 60But his mother spoke up. “No!” she said. “He must be called John.”

61They said to her, “No one among your relatives has that name.”

62Then they motioned to his father. They wanted to find out what he would like to name the child. 63He asked for something to write on. Then he wrote, “His name is John.” Everyone was amazed. 64Right away Zechariah could speak again. Right away he praised God. 65All his neighbors were filled with fear and wonder. Throughout Judea’s hill country, people were talking about all these things. 66Everyone who heard this wondered about it. And because the Lord was with John, they asked, “What is this child going to be?”

Zechariah’s Song

67John’s father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit. He prophesied,

68“Give praise to the Lord, the God of Israel!

He has come to his people and purchased their freedom.

69He has acted with great power and has saved us.

He did it for those who are from the family line of his servant David.

70Long ago holy prophets said he would do it.

71He has saved us from our enemies.

We are rescued from all who hate us.

72He has been kind to our people of long ago.

He has remembered his holy covenant.

73He made a promise to our father Abraham.

74He promised to save us from our enemies.

Then we could serve him without fear.

75He wants us to be holy and godly as long as we live.

76“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God.

You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare the way for him.

77You will tell his people how they can be saved.

You will tell them that their sins can be forgiven.

78All of that will happen because our God is tender and caring.

His kindness will bring the rising sun to us from heaven.

79It will shine on those living in darkness

and in the shadow of death.

It will guide our feet on the path of peace.”

80The child grew up, and his spirit became strong. He lived in the desert until he appeared openly to Israel.