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11-2 提阿非羅大人,已經有很多人根據最初的目擊者和傳道者給我們的口述,把我們中間發生的事記載下來。 我把一切事情從頭至尾仔細查考之後,決定按次序寫出來, 使你知道自己所學的道都是有真憑實據的。

天使預告施洗者約翰出生

猶太王希律執政期間,亞比雅的班裡有位祭司名叫撒迦利亞,他妻子伊莉莎白是亞倫的後裔。 夫妻二人遵行主的一切誡命和條例,無可指責,在上帝眼中是義人。 但他們沒有孩子,因為伊莉莎白不能生育,二人又年紀老邁。

有一天,輪到撒迦利亞他們那一班祭司當值, 他們按照祭司的規矩抽籤,抽中撒迦利亞到主的殿裡去燒香。 10 眾百姓都在外面禱告。 11 那時,主的天使在香壇的右邊向撒迦利亞顯現, 12 撒迦利亞見了,驚慌害怕起來。

13 天使對他說:「撒迦利亞,不要害怕,你的禱告已蒙垂聽。你的妻子伊莉莎白要為你生一個兒子,你要給他取名叫約翰。 14 你必歡喜快樂,許多人也會因為他的誕生而欣喜雀躍, 15 因為他將成為主偉大的僕人。他必滴酒不沾,並且在母腹裡就被聖靈充滿。 16 他將勸導許多以色列人回心轉意,歸順主——他們的上帝。 17 他將以先知以利亞的心志和能力作主的先鋒,使父親的心轉向兒女,使叛逆的人回轉、順從義人的智慧,為主預備合用的子民。」

18 撒迦利亞對天使說:「我已經老了,我的妻子也上了年紀,我如何知道這是真的呢?」 19 天使回答說:「我是侍立在上帝面前的加百列,奉命來向你報這喜訊。 20 我說的這些話到時候必定應驗。但因為你不肯相信我的話,所以這事成就以前,你將變成啞巴,不能說話。」

21 人們在等候撒加利亞,見他在聖殿裡遲遲不出來,都感到奇怪。 22 後來他出來了,卻成了啞巴,不能說話,只能打手勢,大家意識到他在聖殿裡看見了異象。 23 撒迦利亞供職期滿,就回家去了。 24 不久,伊莉莎白果然懷了孕,她有五個月閉門不出。 25 她說:「主真是眷顧我,除掉了我不生育的羞恥。」

天使預告耶穌降生

26 伊莉莎白懷孕六個月的時候,天使加百列又奉上帝的命令到加利利的拿撒勒, 27 去見一位童貞女,她叫瑪麗亞。瑪麗亞已經和大衛的後裔約瑟訂了婚。

28 天使到了瑪麗亞那裡,說:「恭喜你!蒙大恩的女子,主與你同在!」

29 瑪麗亞聽了覺得十分困惑,反覆思想這話的意思。

30 天使對她說:「瑪麗亞,不要害怕,你在上帝面前已經蒙恩了。 31 你要懷孕生子,並給祂取名叫耶穌。 32 祂偉大無比,將被稱為至高者的兒子,主上帝要把祂祖先大衛的王位賜給祂。 33 祂要永遠統治以色列[a],祂的國度永無窮盡。」

34 瑪麗亞對天使說:「這怎麼可能呢?我還是童貞女。」

35 天使回答說:「聖靈要臨到你身上,至高者的能力要蔭庇你,所以你要生的那聖嬰必稱為上帝的兒子。 36 看啊,你的親戚伊莉莎白年紀老邁,一向不能生育,現在已經懷男胎六個月了。 37 因為上帝無所不能。」

38 瑪麗亞說:「我是主的婢女,願你所說的話在我身上成就。」於是天使離開了她。

瑪麗亞看望伊莉莎白

39 不久,瑪麗亞便動身趕到猶太山區的一座城, 40 進了撒迦利亞的家,向伊莉莎白請安。 41 伊莉莎白一聽見瑪麗亞的問安,腹中的胎兒便跳動起來,伊莉莎白被聖靈充滿, 42 高聲喊著說:「在婦女中你是最蒙福的!你腹中的孩子也是蒙福的! 43 我主的母親來探望我,我怎麼敢當呢? 44 我一聽到你問安的聲音,腹中的孩子就歡喜跳動。 45 相信主所說的話必實現的女子有福了!」

46 瑪麗亞說:
「我的心尊主為大,
47 我的靈因我的救主上帝而歡喜,
48 因祂眷顧我這卑微的婢女,
從今以後,
世世代代都要稱我是有福的。
49 全能者在我身上行了奇事,
祂的名是神聖的。
50 祂憐憫敬畏祂的人,
直到世世代代。
51 祂伸出臂膀,施展大能,
驅散心驕氣傲的人。
52 祂使當權者失勢,
叫謙卑的人升高。
53 祂使饑餓的得飽足,
叫富足的空手而去。
54 祂扶助了自己的僕人以色列,
55 祂要施憐憫給亞伯拉罕和他的子孫,
直到永遠,
正如祂對我們祖先的應許。」

56 瑪麗亞和伊莉莎白同住了約三個月,便回家去了。

施洗者約翰出生

57 伊莉莎白的產期到了,生下一個兒子。 58 親戚和鄰居聽見主向她大施憐憫,都和她一同歡樂。 59 到了第八天,他們來給孩子行割禮,想照他父親的名字給他取名叫撒迦利亞。

60 但伊莉莎白說:「不!要叫他約翰。」

61 他們說:「你們家族中沒有人用這個名字啊!」 62 他們便向他父親打手勢,問他要給孩子起什麼名字。 63 撒迦利亞就要了一塊寫字板,寫上:「他的名字叫約翰。」大家看了都很驚奇。 64 就在那時,撒迦利亞恢複了說話的能力,便開口讚美上帝。 65 住在周圍的人都很懼怕,這消息很快就傳遍了整個猶太山區。 66 聽見的人都在想:「這孩子將來會怎樣呢?因為主與他同在。」

撒迦利亞的預言

67 孩子的父親撒迦利亞被聖靈充滿,便預言說:

68 「主——以色列的上帝當受稱頌,
因祂眷顧、救贖了自己的子民,
69 在祂僕人大衛的家族中為我們興起了一位大能的拯救者[b]
70 正如祂從亙古藉著祂聖先知們的口所說的。
71 祂要從仇敵和一切恨我們之人手中拯救我們。
72 祂憐憫我們的祖先,
持守自己的聖約,
73 就是祂對我們的先祖亞伯拉罕所起的誓,
74 要把我們從仇敵手中拯救出來,
75 使我們一生一世在聖潔和公義中坦然無懼地事奉祂。
76 至於你,我的兒子啊!
你將要被稱為至高者的先知,
因為你要走在主的前面,
為祂預備道路,
77 使百姓因罪得赦免而明白救恩的真諦。
78 由於上帝的憐憫,
清晨的曙光必從高天普照我們,
79 照亮那些生活在黑暗中和死亡陰影下的人,
帶領我們走平安的道路。」

80 那孩子漸漸長大,心靈強健,在向以色列人公開露面之前,一直住在曠野。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·33 以色列」希臘文是「雅各的家」。
  2. 1·69 拯救者」希臘文是「拯救的角」。

The Message

Luke 1

11-4 So many others have tried their hand at putting together a story of the wonderful harvest of Scripture and history that took place among us, using reports handed down by the original eyewitnesses who served this Word with their very lives. Since I have investigated all the reports in close detail, starting from the story’s beginning, I decided to write it all out for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can know beyond the shadow of a doubt the reliability of what you were taught.

A Childless Couple Conceives

5-7 During the rule of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest assigned service in the regiment of Abijah. His name was Zachariah. His wife was descended from the daughters of Aaron. Her name was Elizabeth. Together they lived honorably before God, careful in keeping to the ways of the commandments and enjoying a clear conscience before God. But they were childless because Elizabeth could never conceive, and now they were quite old.

8-12 It so happened that as Zachariah was carrying out his priestly duties before God, working the shift assigned to his regiment, it came his one turn in life to enter the sanctuary of God and burn incense. The congregation was gathered and praying outside the Temple at the hour of the incense offering. Unannounced, an angel of God appeared just to the right of the altar of incense. Zachariah was paralyzed in fear.

13-15 But the angel reassured him, “Don’t fear, Zachariah. Your prayer has been heard. Elizabeth, your wife, will bear a son by you. You are to name him John. You’re going to leap like a gazelle for joy, and not only you—many will delight in his birth. He’ll achieve great stature with God.

15-17 “He’ll drink neither wine nor beer. He’ll be filled with the Holy Spirit from the moment he leaves his mother’s womb. He will turn many sons and daughters of Israel back to their God. He will herald God’s arrival in the style and strength of Elijah, soften the hearts of parents to children, and kindle devout understanding among hardened skeptics—he’ll get the people ready for God.”

18 Zachariah said to the angel, “Do you expect me to believe this? I’m an old man and my wife is an old woman.”

19-20 But the angel said, “I am Gabriel, the sentinel of God, sent especially to bring you this glad news. But because you won’t believe me, you’ll be unable to say a word until the day of your son’s birth. Every word I’ve spoken to you will come true on time—God’s time.”

21-22 Meanwhile, the congregation waiting for Zachariah was getting restless, wondering what was keeping him so long in the sanctuary. When he came out and couldn’t speak, they knew he had seen a vision. He continued speechless and had to use sign language with the people.

23-25 When the course of his priestly assignment was completed, he went back home. It wasn’t long before his wife, Elizabeth, conceived. She went off by herself for five months, relishing her pregnancy. “So, this is how God acts to remedy my unfortunate condition!” she said.

A Virgin Conceives

26-28 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name, Mary. Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her:

Good morning!
You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,
Beautiful inside and out!
God be with you.

29-33 She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.

He will be great,
    be called ‘Son of the Highest.’
The Lord God will give him
    the throne of his father David;
He will rule Jacob’s house forever—
    no end, ever, to his kingdom.”

34 Mary said to the angel, “But how? I’ve never slept with a man.”

35 The angel answered,

The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
    the power of the Highest hover over you;
Therefore, the child you bring to birth
    will be called Holy, Son of God.

36-38 “And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”

And Mary said,

Yes, I see it all now:
    I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.
Let it be with me
    just as you say.

Then the angel left her.

Blessed Among Women

39-45 Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly,

You’re so blessed among women,
    and the babe in your womb, also blessed!
And why am I so blessed that
    the mother of my Lord visits me?
The moment the sound of your
    greeting entered my ears,
The babe in my womb
    skipped like a lamb for sheer joy.
Blessed woman, who believed what God said,
    believed every word would come true!

46-55 And Mary said,

I’m bursting with God-news;
    I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
    I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
    the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
    on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength,
    scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
    pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
    the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
    he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised,
    beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home.

The Birth of John

57-58 When Elizabeth was full-term in her pregnancy, she bore a son. Her neighbors and relatives, seeing that God had overwhelmed her with mercy, celebrated with her.

59-60 On the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child and were calling him Zachariah after his father. But his mother intervened: “No. He is to be called John.”

61-62 “But,” they said, “no one in your family is named that.” They used sign language to ask Zachariah what he wanted him named.

63-64 Asking for a tablet, Zachariah wrote, “His name is to be John.” That took everyone by surprise. Surprise followed surprise—Zachariah’s mouth was now open, his tongue loose, and he was talking, praising God!

65-66 A deep, reverential fear settled over the neighborhood, and in all that Judean hill country people talked about nothing else. Everyone who heard about it took it to heart, wondering, “What will become of this child? Clearly, God has his hand in this.”

67-79 Then Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied,

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
    he came and set his people free.
He set the power of salvation in the center of our lives,
    and in the very house of David his servant,
Just as he promised long ago
    through the preaching of his holy prophets:
Deliverance from our enemies
    and every hateful hand;
Mercy to our fathers,
    as he remembers to do what he said he’d do,
What he swore to our father Abraham—
    a clean rescue from the enemy camp,
So we can worship him without a care in the world,
    made holy before him as long as we live.
And you, my child, “Prophet of the Highest,”
    will go ahead of the Master to prepare his ways,
Present the offer of salvation to his people,
    the forgiveness of their sins.
Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
    God’s Sunrise will break in upon us,
Shining on those in the darkness,
    those sitting in the shadow of death,
Then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
    down the path of peace.

80 The child grew up, healthy and spirited. He lived out in the desert until the day he made his prophetic debut in Israel.