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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」。

New Living Translation

Luke 1

Introduction

1Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us. They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples.[a] Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to write an accurate account for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught.

The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a member of the priestly order of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron. Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations. They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old.

One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week. As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense. 10 While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying.

11 While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar. 12 Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. 13 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John. 14 You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth.[b] 16 And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. 17 He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,[c] and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”

18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.”

19 Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news! 20 But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.”

21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah to come out of the sanctuary, wondering why he was taking so long. 22 When he finally did come out, he couldn’t speak to them. Then they realized from his gestures and his silence that he must have seen a vision in the sanctuary.

23 When Zechariah’s week of service in the Temple was over, he returned home. 24 Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and went into seclusion for five months. 25 “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.”

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings,[d] favored woman! The Lord is with you![e]

29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel[f] forever; his Kingdom will never end!”

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

35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.[g]

38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town 40 where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

42 Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. 43 Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? 44 When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45 You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”

The Magnificat: Mary’s Song of Praise

46 Mary responded,

“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
47     How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
    and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
49 For the Mighty One is holy,
    and he has done great things for me.
50 He shows mercy from generation to generation
    to all who fear him.
51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
    He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
52 He has brought down princes from their thrones
    and exalted the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    and sent the rich away with empty hands.
54 He has helped his servant Israel
    and remembered to be merciful.
55 For he made this promise to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and his children forever.”

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

The Birth of John the Baptist

57 When it was time for Elizabeth’s baby to be born, she gave birth to a son. 58 And when her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had been very merciful to her, everyone rejoiced with her.

59 When the baby was eight days old, they all came for the circumcision ceremony. They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father. 60 But Elizabeth said, “No! His name is John!”

61 “What?” they exclaimed. “There is no one in all your family by that name.” 62 So they used gestures to ask the baby’s father what he wanted to name him. 63 He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s surprise he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Instantly Zechariah could speak again, and he began praising God.

65 Awe fell upon the whole neighborhood, and the news of what had happened spread throughout the Judean hills. 66 Everyone who heard about it reflected on these events and asked, “What will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was surely upon him in a special way.

Zechariah’s Prophecy

67 Then his father, Zechariah, was filled with the Holy Spirit and gave this prophecy:

68 “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
    because he has visited and redeemed his people.
69 He has sent us a mighty Savior[h]
    from the royal line of his servant David,
70 just as he promised
    through his holy prophets long ago.
71 Now we will be saved from our enemies
    and from all who hate us.
72 He has been merciful to our ancestors
    by remembering his sacred covenant—
73 the covenant he swore with an oath
    to our ancestor Abraham.
74 We have been rescued from our enemies
    so we can serve God without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness
    for as long as we live.

76 “And you, my little son,
    will be called the prophet of the Most High,
    because you will prepare the way for the Lord.
77 You will tell his people how to find salvation
    through forgiveness of their sins.
78 Because of God’s tender mercy,
    the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,[i]
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    and to guide us to the path of peace.”

80 John grew up and became strong in spirit. And he lived in the wilderness until he began his public ministry to Israel.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:2 Greek from those who from the beginning were servants of the word.
  2. 1:15 Or even from birth.
  3. 1:17 See Mal 4:5-6.
  4. 1:28a Or Rejoice.
  5. 1:28b Some manuscripts add Blessed are you among women.
  6. 1:33 Greek over the house of Jacob.
  7. 1:37 Some manuscripts read For nothing is impossible with God.
  8. 1:69 Greek has raised up a horn of salvation for us.
  9. 1:78 Or the Morning Light from Heaven is about to visit us.