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.

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

Luku 1

1Ọ̀pọ̀ ènìyàn ni ó ti dáwọ́lé títo àwọn nǹkan wọ̀n-ọn-nì jọ lẹ́sẹẹsẹ, èyí tí ó ti múlẹ̀ ṣinṣin láàrín wa, àní gẹ́gẹ́ bí àwọn ìránṣẹ́ ọ̀rọ̀ náà, tí ó ṣe ojú wọn láti ìbẹ̀rẹ̀ ti fi lé wa lọ́wọ́. Nítorí náà, ó sì yẹ fún èmi pẹ̀lú, láti kọ̀wé sí ọ lẹ́sẹẹsẹ bí mo ti wádìí ohun gbogbo fínní fínní sí láti ìpilẹ̀ṣẹ̀, Teofilu ọlọ́lá jùlọ, kí ìwọ kí ó le mọ òtítọ́ ohun wọ̀n-ọn-nì, tí a ti kọ́ ọ.

Àsọtẹ́lẹ̀ nípa ibí Johanu onítẹ̀bọmi

Nígbà ọjọ́ Herodu ọba Judea, àlùfáà kan wà, láti ìran Abijah, orúkọ rẹ̀ a máa jẹ́ Sekariah: aya rẹ̀ sì ṣe ọ̀kan nínú àwọn ọmọbìnrin Aaroni, orúkọ rẹ̀ a sì máa jẹ́ Elisabeti. Àwọn méjèèjì sì ṣe olódodo níwájú Ọlọ́run, wọ́n ń rìn ní gbogbo òfin àti ìlànà Olúwa ní àìlẹ́gàn. Ṣùgbọ́n wọn kò ní ọmọ, nítorí tí Elisabeti yàgàn; àwọn méjèèjì sì di arúgbó.

Ó sì ṣe, nígbà tí ó ń ṣe iṣẹ́ àlùfáà níwájú Ọlọ́run ni àkókò tirẹ̀ Bí ìṣe àwọn àlùfáà, ipa tirẹ̀ ni láti máa fi tùràrí jóná, nígbà tí ó bá wọ inú tẹmpili Olúwa lọ. 10 Gbogbo ìjọ àwọn ènìyàn sì ń gbàdúrà lóde ní àkókò sísun tùràrí.

11 Angẹli Olúwa kan sì fi ara hàn án, ó dúró ní apá ọ̀tún pẹpẹ tùràrí. 12 Nígbà tí Sekariah sì rí i, orí rẹ̀ wú, ẹ̀rù sì bà á. 13 Ṣùgbọ́n angẹli náà wí fún un pé, “Má bẹ̀rù, Sekariah: nítorí tí àdúrà rẹ gbà; Elisabeti aya rẹ yóò sì bí ọmọkùnrin kan fún ọ, ìwọ ó sì sọ orúkọ rẹ̀ ní Johanu. 14 Òun yóò sì jẹ́ ayọ̀ àti ìdùnnú fún ọ: ènìyàn púpọ̀ yóò sì yọ̀ sí ìbí rẹ. 15 Nítorí òun ó pọ̀ níwájú Olúwa, kì yóò sì mu ọtí wáìnì, bẹ́ẹ̀ ni kì yóò sì mu ọtí líle; yóò sì kún fún Ẹ̀mí Mímọ́ àní láti inú ìyá rẹ̀ wá. 16 Òun ó sì yí ènìyàn púpọ̀ padà nínú àwọn ọmọ Israẹli sí Olúwa Ọlọ́run wọn. 17 Ẹ̀mí àti agbára Elijah ni Olúwa yóò sì fi ṣáájú rẹ̀ lọ, láti pa ọkàn àwọn baba dà sí ti àwọn ọmọ, àti ti àwọn aláìgbọ́ràn sí ọgbọ́n àwọn olóòtítọ́; kí ó le pèsè àwọn ènìyàn tí a múra sílẹ̀ de Olúwa.”

18 Sekariah sì wí fún angẹli náà pé, “Ààmì wo ni èmi ó fi mọ èyí? Èmi sá ti di àgbà, àti Elisabeti aya mi sì di arúgbó.”

19 Angẹli náà sì dáhùn ó wí fún un pé, “Èmi ni Gabrieli, tí máa ń dúró níwájú Ọlọ́run; èmi ni a rán wá láti sọ fún ọ, àti láti mú ìròyìn ayọ̀ wọ̀nyí fún ọ wá. 20 Sì kíyèsi i, ìwọ ó yadi, ìwọ kì yóò sì le fọhùn, títí ọjọ́ náà tí nǹkan wọ̀nyí yóò fi ṣẹ, nítorí ìwọ kò gba ọ̀rọ̀ mi gbọ́ tí yóò ṣẹ ní àkókò wọn.”

21 Àwọn ènìyàn sì ń dúró de Sekariah, ẹnu sì yà wọ́n nítorí tí ó pẹ́ nínú tẹmpili. 22 Nígbà tí ó sì jáde wá, òun kò le bá wọn sọ̀rọ̀. Wọn sì kíyèsi wí pé ó ti rí ìran nínú tẹmpili, ó sì ń ṣe àpẹẹrẹ sí wọn, nítorí tí ó yadi.

23 Ó sì ṣe, nígbà tí ọjọ́ iṣẹ́ ìsìn rẹ̀ pé, ó lọ sí ilé rẹ̀. 24 Lẹ́yìn èyí ni Elisabeti aya rẹ̀ lóyún, ó sì fi ara rẹ̀ pamọ́ ní oṣù márùn-ún, 25 Ó sì wí pé “Báyìí ni Olúwa ṣe fún mi ní ọjọ́ tí ó ṣíjú wò mí, láti mú ẹ̀gàn mi kúrò láàrín àwọn ènìyàn.”

Ìsọtẹ́lẹ̀ ibi Jesu

26 Ní oṣù kẹfà Ọlọ́run sì rán angẹli Gabrieli sí ìlú kan ní Galili, tí à ń pè ní Nasareti, 27 sí wúńdíá kan tí a ṣèlérí láti fẹ́ fún ọkùnrin kan, tí a ń pè ní Josẹfu, ti ìdílé Dafidi; orúkọ wúńdíá náà a sì máa jẹ́ Maria. 28 Angẹli náà sì tọ̀ ọ́ wá, ó ní, “Àlàáfíà fun ọ, ìwọ ẹni tí a kọjú sí ṣe ní oore, Olúwa ń bẹ pẹ̀lú rẹ.”

29 Ṣùgbọ́n ọkàn Maria kò lélẹ̀ nítorí ọ̀rọ̀ náà, ó sì rò nínú ara rẹ̀ pé, irú kíkí kín ni èyí. 30 Ṣùgbọ́n angẹli náà wí fún un pé, “Má bẹ̀rù, Maria: nítorí ìwọ ti rí ojúrere lọ́dọ̀ Ọlọ́run. 31 Ìwọ yóò lóyún nínú rẹ, ìwọ ó sì bí ọmọkùnrin kan, ìwọ ó sì pe orúkọ rẹ̀ ní Jesu. 32 Òun ó pọ̀, Ọmọ Ọ̀gá-ògo jùlọ ni a ó sì máa pè é: Olúwa Ọlọ́run yóò sì fi ìtẹ́ Dafidi baba rẹ̀ fún: 33 Yóò sì jẹ ọba lórí ilé Jakọbu títí láé; ìjọba rẹ̀ kì yóò sì ní ìpẹ̀kun.”

34 Nígbà náà ni Maria béèrè lọ́wọ́ angẹli náà pé, “Èyí yóò ha ti ṣe rí bẹ́ẹ̀, nígbà tí èmi kò tí ì mọ ọkùnrin.”

35 Angẹli náà sì dáhùn ó sì wí fún un pé, “Ẹ̀mí Mímọ́ yóò tọ̀ ọ́ wá, agbára Ọ̀gá-ògo jùlọ yóò ṣíji bò ọ́. Nítorí náà ohun mímọ́ tí a ó ti inú rẹ bí, Ọmọ Ọlọ́run ni a ó máa pè é. 36 Sì kíyèsi i, Elisabeti ìbátan rẹ náà yóò sì ní ọmọkùnrin kan ní ògbólógbòó rẹ̀. Èyí sì ni oṣù kẹfà fún ẹni tí à ń pè ní àgàn. 37 Nítorí kò sí ohun tí Ọlọ́run kò le ṣe.”

38 Maria sì dáhùn wí pé, “Wò ó ọmọ ọ̀dọ̀ Olúwa; kí ó rí fún mi gẹ́gẹ́ bí ọ̀rọ̀ rẹ.” Angẹli náà sì fi í sílẹ̀ lọ.

Maria bẹ Elisabeti wò

39 Ní àkókò náà ni Maria sì dìde, ó lọ kánkán sí ilẹ̀ òkè, sí ìlú kan ní Judea; 40 Ó sì wọ ilé Sekariah lọ ó sì kí Elisabeti. 41 Ó sì ṣe, nígbà tí Elisabeti gbọ́ kíkí Maria, ọlẹ̀ sọ nínú rẹ̀; Elisabeti sì kún fún Ẹ̀mí mímọ́; 42 Ó sì ké ní ohùn rara, ó sì wí pé, “Alábùkún fún ni ìwọ nínú àwọn obìnrin, alábùkún fún sì ni ọmọ tí ìwọ yóò bí. 43 Èéṣe tí èmi fi rí irú ojúrere yìí, tí ìyá Olúwa mi ìbá fi tọ̀ mí wá? 44 Sá wò ó, bí ohùn kíkí rẹ ti bọ́ sí mi ní etí, ọlẹ̀ sọ nínú mi fún ayọ̀. 45 Alábùkún fún sì ni ẹni tí ó gbàgbọ́: nítorí nǹkan wọ̀nyí tí a ti sọ fún un láti ọ̀dọ̀ Olúwa wá yóò ṣẹ.”

Orin Maria

46 Maria sì dáhùn, ó ní:

“Ọkàn mi yin Olúwa lógo,

47     Ẹ̀mí mi sì yọ̀ sí Ọlọ́run Olùgbàlà mi.
48 Nítorí tí ó ṣíjú wo ìwà ìrẹ̀lẹ̀
    ọmọbìnrin ọ̀dọ̀ rẹ̀: Sá wò ó.
Láti ìsinsin yìí lọ gbogbo ìran ènìyàn ni yóò máa pè mí ní alábùkún fún.
49     Nítorí ẹni tí ó ní agbára ti ṣe ohun tí ó tóbi fún mi;
    Mímọ́ sì ni orúkọ rẹ̀.
50 Àánú rẹ̀ sì ń bẹ fún àwọn tí ó bẹ̀rù rẹ̀
    láti ìrandíran.
51 Ó ti fi agbára hàn ní apá rẹ̀;
    o ti tú àwọn onígbèéraga ká ní ìrònú ọkàn wọn.
52 Ó ti mú àwọn alágbára kúrò lórí ìtẹ́ wọn,
    o sì gbé àwọn onírẹ̀lẹ̀ lékè.
53 Ó ti fi ohun tí ó dára kún àwọn tí ebi ń pa
    ó sì rán àwọn ọlọ́rọ̀ padà ní òfo.
54 Ó ti ran Israẹli ọmọ ọ̀dọ̀ rẹ̀ lọ́wọ́,
    Ní ìrántí àánú rẹ̀;
55 sí Abrahamu àti àwọn ìran rẹ̀ láéláé, baba wa,
    àti bí ó ti sọ fún àwọn baba wa.”

56 Maria sì jókòó tì Elisabeti níwọ̀n oṣù mẹ́ta, ó sì padà lọ sí ilé rẹ̀.

Ìbí Johanu onítẹ̀bọmi

57 Nígbà tí ọjọ́ Elisabeti pé tí yóò bí; ó sì bí ọmọkùnrin kan. 58 Àwọn aládùúgbò, àti àwọn ìbátan rẹ̀ gbọ́ bí Olúwa ti fi àánú ńlá hàn fún un, wọ́n sì bá a yọ̀.

59 Ó sì ṣe, ní ọjọ́ kẹjọ wọ́n wá láti kọ ọmọ náà nílà; wọ́n sì fẹ́ sọ orúkọ rẹ̀ ní Sekariah, gẹ́gẹ́ bí orúkọ baba rẹ̀. 60 Ìyá rẹ̀ sì dáhùn, ó ní, “Bẹ́ẹ̀ kọ́! Johanu ni a ó pè é.”

61 Wọ́n sì wí fún un pé, “Kò sí ọ̀kan nínú àwọn ará rẹ̀ tí à ń pè ní orúkọ yìí.”

62 Wọ́n sì ṣe àpẹẹrẹ sí baba rẹ̀, bí ó ti ń fẹ́ kí a pè é. 63 Ó sì béèrè fún wàláà, ó sì kọ ọ wí pé, “Johanu ni orúkọ rẹ̀.” Ẹnu sì ya gbogbo wọn. 64 Ẹnu rẹ̀ sì ṣí lọ́gán, okùn ahọ́n rẹ̀ sì tú, ó sì sọ̀rọ̀, ó sì ń yin Ọlọ́run. 65 Ẹ̀rù sì ba gbogbo àwọn tí ń bẹ ní agbègbè wọn: a sì ròyìn gbogbo nǹkan wọ̀nyí ká gbogbo ilẹ̀ òkè Judea. 66 Ó sì jẹ́ ohun ìyanu fún gbogbo àwọn tí ó gbọ́ nípa rẹ̀, wọ́n sì tò ó sínú ọkàn wọn, wọ́n ń wí pé, “Irú-ọmọ kín ni èyí yóò jẹ́?” Nítorí tí ọwọ́ Olúwa wà pẹ̀lú rẹ̀.

Orin Ṣakariah

67 Sekariah baba rẹ̀ sì kún fún Ẹ̀mí Mímọ́, ó sì sọtẹ́lẹ̀, ó ní:

68 “Olùbùkún ni Olúwa Ọlọ́run Israẹli;
    nítorí tí ó ti bojú wò, tí ó sì ti dá àwọn ènìyàn rẹ̀ nídè,
69 Ó sì ti gbé ìwo ìgbàlà sókè fún wa
    ní ilé Dafidi ọmọ ọ̀dọ̀ rẹ̀;
70 (bí ó ti sọtẹ́lẹ̀ láti ẹnu àwọn wòlíì rẹ̀ mímọ́ tipẹ́tipẹ́),
71 Pé, a ó gbà wá là lọ́wọ́
    àwọn ọ̀tá wa àti lọ́wọ́ àwọn tí ó kórìíra wá.
72 Láti ṣe àánú tí ó ṣèlérí fún àwọn baba wa,
    àti láti rántí májẹ̀mú rẹ̀ mímọ́,
73 ìbúra tí ó ti bú fún Abrahamu baba wa,
74 láti gbà wá lọ́wọ́ àwọn ọ̀tá wa,
    kí àwa kí ó lè máa sìn láìfòyà,
75     ni ìwà mímọ́ àti ní òdodo níwájú rẹ̀, ní ọjọ́ ayé wa gbogbo.

76 “Àti ìwọ, ọmọ mi, wòlíì Ọ̀gá-ògo jùlọ ni a ó máa pè ọ́:
    nítorí ìwọ ni yóò ṣáájú Olúwa láti tún ọ̀nà rẹ̀ ṣe;
77 láti fi ìmọ̀ ìgbàlà fún àwọn ènìyàn rẹ̀
    fún ìmúkúrò ẹ̀ṣẹ̀ wọn,
78 nítorí ìyọ́nú Ọlọ́run wà;
    nípa èyí tí ìlà-oòrùn láti òkè wá bojú wò wá,
79 Láti fi ìmọ́lẹ̀ fún àwọn tí ó jókòó ní
    òkùnkùn àti ní òjìji ikú,
àti láti fi ẹsẹ̀ wa lé ọ̀nà àlàáfíà.”

80 Ọmọ náà sì dàgbà, ó sì le ní ọkàn, ó sì ń gbé ní ijù títí ó fi di ọjọ́ ìfihàn rẹ̀ fún Israẹli.