1Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 2Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 3It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 4That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
5¶ There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judæa, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. 8And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, 9According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 11And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. 16And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. 18And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. 21And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. 22And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. 23And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. 24And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 25Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. 26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. 39And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; 40And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. 41And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. 46And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 50And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 55As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. 56And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house. 57Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. 58And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. 59And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. 60And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. 61And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. 62And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. 63And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. 64And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. 65And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judæa. 66And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him. 67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 69And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; 70As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 71That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 73The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, 74That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. 76And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 77To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, 78Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, 79To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 80And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.
Hann A Ɛwɔ Esum Mu
1Adamfo pa Teofilo, nnipa pii abɔ mmɔden atwerɛ Yesu ho nsɛm a akɔ so wɔ yɛn mu no. 2Wɔtwerɛɛ sɛdeɛ nnipa a wɔhunuu saa nneɛma yi firi ahyɛaseɛ no daa no adi kyerɛɛ wɔn. 3Nanso, menyaa adwene bi sɛ, sɛ mehwehwɛ deɛ wɔatwerɛ no nyinaa mu yie na metwerɛ brɛ wo a, ɛyɛ. 4Yei bɛboa wo ma woahunu nokorɛ a ɛwɔ deɛ woasua no nyinaa mu.
Yohane Awoɔ Ho Nkɔmhyɛ
5Mede mʼasɛm no bɛfiri Yudafoɔ ɔsɔfoɔ Sakaria a ɔtenaa ase Yudeahene Herode berɛ so a na ɔfiri Abia asɔfokuo mu no so. Sakaria yere Elisabet nso, na ɔyɛ Aaron aseni. 6Na Sakaria ne ne yere Elisabet som Onyankopɔn nokorɛm a wɔn ho nni asɛm wɔ Onyankopɔn anim. 7Na wɔnni ba, ɛfiri sɛ, na Elisabet yɛ obonini. Na wɔn baanu nyinaa nso anyinyini.
8Ɛda bi a ɛduruu Sakaria asɔfokuo so sɛ wɔyɛ asɔredan mu adwuma no, 9wɔtoo aba yii no sɛ, ɔnkɔhye aduhwam wɔ ɔhyeɛ afɔrebukyia no so. 10Saa ɛberɛ yi ara nso na asafo no rebɔ mpaeɛ wɔ adihɔ hɔ sɛdeɛ wɔtaa yɛ no.
11Sakaria gu so rehye aduhwam no, prɛko pɛ, Awurade ɔbɔfoɔ bɛgyinaa afɔrebukyia no nkyɛn mu wɔ nifa so. 12Sakaria hunuu no no, ɔbɔɔ birim na ne ho popoeɛ. 13Nanso, ɔsoro ɔbɔfoɔ no ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Sakaria, nsuro, Awurade Onyankopɔn ate wo mpaeɛbɔ. Wo yere Elisabet bɛwo babarima na ɛsɛ sɛ woto ne din Yohane. 14Nʼawoɔ bɛma wʼani agye na wo ho asɛpɛ wo. Saa ara na ɛbɛma nnipa bebree nso ani agye. 15Ɔbɛyɛ kɛse Awurade anim. Ɔrennom nsã biara da, na Honhom Kronkron bɛyɛ no ma afiri ne maame yam. 16Israelfoɔ pii nam nʼasɛnka so bɛnya adwensakyera asane aba Awurade, wɔn Onyankopɔn, nkyɛn. 17Ɔbɛnya Odiyifoɔ Elia honhom ahoɔden no bi, na ɔbɛdi Agyenkwa no ba no anim abɛsiesie nnipa ama ne ba a ɔbɛba no. Nʼasɛnka bɛma nteaseɛ aba agyanom ne wɔn mma ntam. Na ɔbɛdane Awurade asɛm no ho asoɔdenfoɔ adwene akɔ Awurade pɛ ho.”
18Sakaria buaa ɔbɔfoɔ no sɛ, “Ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na yei aba mu? Mabɔ akɔkoraa na me yere nso abɔ aberewa.”
19Ɔbɔfoɔ no kaa sɛ, “Mene Gabriel a megyina Onyankopɔn anim daa no. Ɔno na ɔsomaa me sɛ memmɛka asɛmpa yi nkyerɛ wo. 20Esiane sɛ woagye akyinnyeɛ enti, wobɛtɔ mumu kɔsi sɛ wɔbɛwo abɔfra no. Na deɛ maka akyerɛ wo yi nyinaa bɛba mu pɛpɛɛpɛ wɔ ne berɛ a ɛsɛ mu.”
21Saa ɛberɛ yi nyinaa na asafo mma no retwɛn Sakaria sɛ ɔbɛba. Na ɛyɛ wɔn nwanwa sɛ wakyɛ saa. 22Ɛberɛ a ɔbaeɛ no, wantumi ankasa ankyerɛ asafo mma no. Wɔhunu firii ne nneyɛeɛ mu sɛ wahunu nʼani so adeɛ wɔ asɔredan mu hɔ.
23Ɔwiee nʼasɔfodwuma wɔ asɔredan mu hɔ no, ɔkɔɔ efie. 24Nna bi akyi no, ne yere Elisabet nyinsɛnee na ɔde ne ho siee abosome enum. 25Ɔde anigyeɛ kaa sɛ, “Awurade ayɛ me adɔeɛ. Wayi animguaseɛ a ɛkaa me wɔ nnipa anim no afiri me so.”
Yesu Awoɔ Ho Nkɔmhyɛ
26Elisabet nyinsɛnee abosome nsia no, Onyankopɔn somaa ɔbɔfoɔ Gabriel kɔɔ Galilea akuraa bi a wɔfrɛ no Nasaret no ase 27sɛ, ɔnkɔ ɔbaa kronkron bi a wɔfrɛ no Maria a na wɔde no ama Yosef a ɔfiri Ɔhene Dawid abusua mu no awadeɛ no nkyɛn. 28Gabriel hunuu no ara pɛ, ɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Asomdwoeɛ nka wo! Awurade ka wo ho, wo a Awurade adom wo.”
29Ɔbɔfoɔ no asɛm no maa Maria adwenem yɛɛ no nnaa ma ɔbisaa ne ho sɛ, “Na saa nkyea yi, ase ne sɛn?” 30Ɔbɔfoɔ no sane ka kyerɛɛ Maria bio sɛ, “Maria, nsuro, ɛfiri sɛ, Awurade adom wo. 31Tie! Ɛrenkyɛre biara wobɛnyinsɛn na woawo ɔbabarima na woato ne din Yesu. 32Ɔbɛyɛ ɔkɛseɛ, na wɔbɛfrɛ no Ɔsorosoro Onyankopɔn Ba. Na Awurade de ne nana Dawid ahennwa no bɛma no. 33Na ɔbɛdi Yakob efie so ɔhene daa; na nʼahennie to rentwa da.”
34Maria bisaa ɔbɔfoɔ no sɛ, “Na ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na mawo wɔ ɛberɛ a ɔbarima nhunuu me da?”
35Ɔbɔfoɔ no buaa sɛ, “Honhom Kronkron bɛba wo so na Ɔsorosoro Onyankopɔn tumi abɛkata wo so, yei enti abɔfra a wobɛwo no no bɛyɛ kronkron na wɔbɛfrɛ no Onyankopɔn Ba. 36Ɛbɛyɛ abosome nsia ni a wo busuani Elisabet mpo a ɔyɛ obonini anyinsɛn ɔbabarima wɔ ne mmerewaberɛ mu. 37Ɛfiri sɛ, Onyankopɔn deɛ, biribiara nso no yɛ.”
38Maria kaa sɛ, “Me deɛ, meyɛ Awurade afenaa. Deɛ Awurade pɛ na ɛnyɛ.” Ɛno akyi, ɔbɔfoɔ no gyaa no hɔ kɔeɛ.
Maria Kɔsra Elisabet
39Nna kakra bi akyi no, Maria kɔɔ Yudea mmepɔ so kuro bi mu. 40Saa kuro no mu na Sakaria te. Ɔduruu kuro no mu hɔ no, ɔkɔɔ Sakaria efie kɔsraa Elisabet. Ɔkyeaa no. 41Elisabet tee Maria nkyea no, ɔba a ɔda ne yam no kekaa ne ho; amonom hɔ ara, Honhom Kronkron hyɛɛ Elisabet ma. 42Elisabet de ahosɛpɛ teaam sɛ, “Maria, wɔahyira wo sene mmaa nyinaa, na wo ba a wobɛwo no no bɛyɛ onipa kɛseɛ. 43Animuonyam bɛn na ɛsene yei. Me sɛɛ ne hwan a anka mʼAwurade na bɛba abɛsra me? 44Wokyeaa me pɛ, na abɔfra no de anigyeɛ kekaa ne ho. 45Nhyira nka wo sɛ wogye dii sɛ, deɛ Onyankopɔn aka no, ɔbɛyɛ; ɛno enti na wɔadom wo yi.”
Maria Ayɛyie Dwom
46Maria kaa sɛ,
“Me ɔkra kamfo Awurade.
47Na me honhom ani gye mʼagyenkwa Onyankopɔn mu;
48ɛfiri sɛ, wahunu nʼafenawa mmɔborɔni mmɔbɔ,
na ɛfiri ɛnnɛ, awontoatoasoɔ nyinaa bɛfrɛ me deɛ Onyankopɔn ahyira no.
49Ɛfiri sɛ, Ɔkronkronni Otumfoɔ no ayɛ ade kɛseɛ ama me;
50nʼahummɔborɔ firi awoɔ ntoatoasoɔ kɔsi awoɔ ntoatoasoɔ
ma wɔn a wɔsuro no na wɔdi no ni no nyinaa.
51Ɔde ne nsa a tumi wɔ mu no
abɔ ahomasofoɔ ne ahantanfoɔ ne wɔn nsusuiɛ apete.
52Watu aberempɔn adeɛ so
ama ahobrɛasefoɔ so.
53Wama wɔn a ahia wɔn no nnepa
na wagya ahonyafoɔ kwan nsapan.
54Waboa nʼakoa Israel
na ne werɛ amfiri ne mmɔborɔhunu ne ne bɔ
55a ɔhyɛɛ yɛn agya Abraham ne nʼasefoɔ no da.”
56Maria tenaa Elisabet nkyɛn bɛyɛ abosome mmiɛnsa ansa na ɔresane akɔ ne kurom.
Yohane Osubɔni Awoɔ
57Elisabet awoɔ duruu so no, ɔwoo ɔbabarima. 58Nʼafipamfoɔ ne nʼabusuafoɔ tee adɔeɛ a Awurade ayɛ no no, wɔne no nyinaa de anigyeɛ dii ahurisie.
59Ɛduruu nnawɔtwe no, abusuafoɔ ne adɔfoɔ bɛhyiaa sɛ wɔrebɛtwa abɔfra no twetia na wɔato ne din. Wɔpɛɛ sɛ wɔde abɔfra no to nʼagya Sakaria. 60Nanso, ne maame kaa sɛ, “Dabi! Ɛsɛ sɛ wɔfrɛ no Yohane.”
61Wɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Obiara nni abusua yi mu a wɔfrɛ no saa.”
62Yei maa wɔde wɔn nsa yɛɛ nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ bisaa nʼagya din a wɔmfa nto abɔfra no. 63Sakaria maa wɔde krataa brɛɛ no na ɔtwerɛɛ so sɛ, “Ne din de Yohane.” Yei yɛɛ wɔn nyinaa nwanwa. 64Amonom hɔ ara, Sakaria tumi kasaa bio, na ɔhyɛɛ aseɛ yii Onyankopɔn ayɛ. 65Wɔn a wɔteeɛ nyinaa ho dwirii wɔn, na saa asɛm yi trɛ faa Yudea mmepɔ so hɔ nyinaa. 66Obiara a ɔtee saa nsɛm yi bisaa ne ho sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn na abɔfra yi bɛnyini ayɛ daakye? Ɛda adi pefee sɛ Awurade nsa wɔ ne so.”
67Honhom hyɛɛ nʼagya Sakaria ma ma ɔhyɛɛ nkɔm sɛ,
68“Nhyira nka Awurade, Israel Onyankopɔn,
sɛ waba abɛgye ne manfoɔ.
69Ɔde Agyenkwa Otumfoɔ a ɔyɛ ne ɔsomfoɔ Dawid aseni rebrɛ yɛn,
70sɛdeɛ ɔnam nʼadiyifoɔ kronkron so firi teteete hyɛɛ bɔ
71sɛ, ɔbɛma yɛn Agyenkwa a ɔbɛgye yɛn afiri yɛn atamfoɔ
ne wɔn a wɔkyiri yɛn no nsam no.
72Na wama bɔ a ɔhyɛɛ yɛn agyanom wɔ nʼahummɔborɔ ho no
aba mu na wakae nʼapam kronkron no,
73na wakae nʼapam kronkron a ɔne Abraham pameeɛ no;
74sɛ ɔbɛgye yɛn afiri yɛn atamfoɔ nsam no,
na yɛasom no a osuro biara nni mu.
75Na yɛn nkwa nna nyinaa mu, yɛayɛ kronkron ne ateneneefoɔ wɔ nʼanim.
76“Na wo, akɔkoaa yi, wɔbɛfrɛ wo Ɔsorosoroni no Odiyifoɔ,
ɛfiri sɛ, wo na wobɛsiesie ɛkwan ama Agyenkwa no,
77na wobɛkyerɛ ne manfoɔ kwan a
wɔnam bɔnefakyɛ so nya nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ;
78na yeinom nyinaa bɛba mu ɛfiri sɛ,
Onyankopɔn mmɔborɔhunu a ɛdɔɔso no,
79na ɛbɛma hann a ɛfiri ɔsoro abɛpue yɛn so
ahyerɛn wɔn a wɔte sum ne owuo sum mu no so,
na akyerɛ yɛn ɛkwan akɔ asomdwoeɛ mu.”
80Abɔfra no nyinii na honhom hyɛɛ no ma; ɔtenaa ɛserɛ so kɔsii ɛberɛ a ɔfirii nʼasɛnka adwuma ase.