Nkwa Asem

Luka 1

Nnianim

1Adamfo pa Tiofilo, nnipa pii abɔ mmɔden akyerɛw Yesu ho nsɛm a akɔ so wɔ yɛn mu no. Wɔkyerɛw faa nsɛm a wɔaka akyerɛ yɛn a nnipa a wohuu saa nneɛma yi fi mfiase nam so daa no adi no ho. Nanso minyaa adwene bi sɛ, sɛ mehwehwɛ nea wɔakyerɛw no nyinaa mu yiye na mekyerɛw brɛ wo a, eye. Eyi bɛboa wo ma woahu nokware a ɛwɔ nea woasua no nyinaa mu.

Yohane awo ho nkɔmhyɛ

Mede m’asɛm no befi Yudafo sɔfo Sakaria a ɔtenaa ase Yudea hene Herode bere so a na ofi Abia asɔfokuw mu no so. Sakaria yere Elisabet nso, na ɔyɛ Aaron aseni. Na Sakaria ne ne yere Elisabet som Onyankopɔn nokwarem a wɔn ho nni asɛm wɔ Onyankopɔn anim. Na wonni ba, efisɛ, na Elisabet yɛ obonini. Na wɔn baanu nyinaa nso anyinyin.

Da bi a eduu Sakaria asɔfokuw so sɛ wɔyɛ asɔredan mu adwuma no, wɔtow aba yii no sɛ, ɔnkɔhyew aduhuam wɔ ɔhyew afɔremuka no so. 10 Saa bere yi ara nso na asafo no rebɔ mpae wɔ adiwo hɔ sɛnea wɔtaa yɛ no.

11 Sakaria gu so rehyew aduhuam no, Awurade bɔfo begyinaa afɔremuka no nkyɛn mu wɔ nifa so. 12 Sakaria huu no no ɔbɔɔ piriw na ne ho popoe.

13 Nanso ɔsoro bɔfo no ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Sakaria, nsuro, Awurade Nyankopɔn ate wo mpaebɔ. Wo yere Elisabet bɛwo babarima na ɛsɛ sɛ woto ne din Yohane. 14 N’awo bɛma w’ani agye na wo ho asɛpɛw wo. Saa ara na ɛbɛma nnipa bebree nso ani agye. 15 Ɔbɛyɛ kɛse Awurade anim. Ɔrennom nsa biara da, na Honhom Kronkron bɛyɛ no ma afi ne na yam. 16 Israelfo pii nam n’asɛnka so benya adwensakra asan aba Awurade, wɔn Nyankopɔn nkyɛn. 17 Obenya Odiyifo Elia Honhom ahoɔden no bi, na obedi Agyenkwa no ba no anim abesiesie nnipa ama ne ba a ɔbɛba no. N’asɛnka bɛma ntease aba agyanom ne wɔn mma ntam. Na ɔbɛdan Awurade asɛm no ho asoɔdenfo adwene akɔ Awurade pɛ ho.”

18 Sakaria buaa ɔbɔfo no se, “Ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na eyi aba mu? Mabɔ akora na me yere nso abɔ aberewa.”

19 Ɔbɔfo no kae se, “Mene Gabriel a migyina Onyankopɔn anim daa no. Ɔno na ɔsomaa me sɛ memmɛka asɛmpa yi nkyerɛ wo. 20 Esiane sɛ woagye akyinnye nti, wobɛtɔ mumu kosi sɛ wɔbɛwo abofra no. Na nea maka akyerɛ wo yi nyinaa bɛba mu pɛpɛɛpɛ wɔ ne bere a ɛsɛ mu.”

21 Saa bere yi nyinaa na asafo mma no retwɛn Sakaria sɛ ɔbɛba. Na ɛyɛ wɔn nwonwa sɛ wakyɛ saa. 22 Bere a ɔbae no, wantumi ankasa ankyerɛ asafo mma no. Wohu fii ne nneyɛe mu sɛ wahu n’ani so ade wɔ asɔredan mu hɔ. Ɔde ne nsa nyamaa wɔn se wɔnkɔ. 23 Owiee n’asɔfodwuma wɔ asɔredan mu hɔ no, ɔkɔɔ fie. 24 Nna bi akyi no, ne yere Elisabet nyinsɛnee na ɔde ne ho siei asram anum.

25 Ɔde anigye kae se, “Awurade ayɛ me adɔe. Wayi animguase a ɛkaa me wɔ nnipa anim no afi me so.”

Yesu awo ho nkɔmhyɛ

26 Elisabet nyinsɛnee asram asia no, Onyankopɔn somaa ɔbɔfo Gabriel kɔɔ Galilea akuraa bi a wɔfrɛ no Nasaret no ase 27 sɛ, ɔnkɔ ɔbaabun bi a wɔfrɛ no Maria a na wɔde no ama Yosef a ofi ɔhene Dawid abusua mu no aware no nkyɛn. 28 Gabriel huu no ara pɛ, ɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Asomdwoe nka wo! Awurade ka wo ho, wo a Awurade adom wo.”

29 Ɔbɔfo no asɛm no maa Maria adwenem yɛɛ no nnaa ma obisaa ne ho se, “Na saa nkyia yi, ase ne dɛn?”

30 Ɔbɔfo no san ka kyerɛɛ Maria bio se, “Maria, nsuro, efisɛ, Awurade adom wo. 31 Tie! Ɛrenkyɛ biara wubenyinsɛn na woawo ɔbabarima na woato ne din Yesu. 32 Ɔbɛyɛ ɔkɛse, na wɔbɛfrɛ no Ɔsorosoro Nyankopɔn ba. Na Awurade de ne nena Dawid ahengua no bɛma no. 33 Na obedi Yakob fi so hene daa; na n’ahenni to rentwa da.” 34 Maria bisaa ɔbɔfo no se, “Na ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na mawo bere a ɔbarima nhuu me da?”

35 Ɔbɔfo no buae se, “Honhom Kronkron bɛba wo so na Ɔsorosoro Nyankopɔn tumi abɛkata wo so, eyi nti abofra a wobɛwo no no bɛyɛ kronkron na wɔbɛfrɛ no Onyankopɔn Ba. 36 Ɛbɛyɛ asram asia ni a wo busuani Elisabet mpo a ɔyɛ obonini anyinsɛn ɔbabarima wɔ ne mmerewabere mu. 37 Efisɛ, Onyankopɔn de, biribiara nso no yɛ.”

38 Maria kae se, “Me de, meyɛ Awurade afenaa. Nea Awurade pɛ na ɛnyɛ.” Ɛno akyi, ɔbɔfo no gyaw no hɔ kɔe.

Maria kɔsra Elisabet

39 Nna kakra bi akyi no, Maria kɔɔ Yudea mmepɔw so kurow bi mu. 40 Saa kurow no mu na Sakaria te. Oduu kurow no mu hɔ no, ɔkɔɔ Sakaria fi kɔsraa Elisabet. Okyiaa no. 41 Elisabet tee Maria nkyia no, ɔba a ɔda ne yam no kekaa ne ho; amonom hɔ ara, Honhom Kronkron hyɛɛ Elisabet ma.

42 Elisabet de ahosɛpw teɛɛm se, “Maria, wɔahyira wo sen mmea nyinaa, na wo ba a wobɛwo no no bɛyɛ onipa kɛse. 43 Anuonyam bɛn na ɛsen eyi. Me sɛɛ ne hena a anka m’awurade ne na bɛba abɛsra me? 44 Wukyiaa me pɛ, na abofra no de anigye kekaa ne ho. 45 Nhyira nka wo sɛ wugye dii sɛ, nea Onyankopɔn aka no, ɔbɛyɛ; ɛno nti na wɔadom wo yi.”

Maria Ayeyi dwom

46 Maria kae se, “Me kra kamfo Awurade. 47 Na me honhom ani gye m’agyenkwa Nyankopɔn mu, 48 efisɛ, wahu n’afenaa mmɔbrɔni mmɔbɔ, na efi nnɛ, awo ntoatoaso nyinaa bɛfrɛ me nea Onyankopɔn ahyira no. 49 Efisɛ, ɔkronkronni Tumfo no ayɛ ade kɛse ama me; 50 n’ahummɔbɔ fi awo ntoatoaso kosi awo ntoatoaso ma wɔn a wosuro no na wodi no ni no nyinaa.

51 “Ɔde ne nsa a tumi wɔ mu no abɔ ahomasofo ne ahantanfo ne wɔn nsusuwii apete. 52 Watu aberɛmpɔn ade so ama ahobrɛasefo so. 53 Wama wɔn a ahia wɔn no nnepa na wagya ahonyafo kwan nsapan. 54 Waboa n’akoa Israel na ne werɛ amfi ne mmɔborɔhunu ne ne bɔ 55 a ɔhyɛɛ yɛn agya Abraham ne n’asefo no da!”

56 Maria tenaa Elisabet nkyɛn bɛyɛ asram abiɛsa ansa na ɔresan akɔ ne kurom.

Yohane Osuboni awo

57 Elisabet awo duu so no, ɔwoo ɔbabarima. 58 N’afipamfo ne n’abusuafo tee adɔe a Awurade ayɛ no no, wɔne no nyinaa de anigye dii ahurusi.

59 Eduu nnawɔtwe no, abusuafo ne adɔfo behyiae sɛ wɔrebetwa abofra no twetia na wɔato no din. Wɔpɛe sɛ wɔde abofra no to n’agya Sakaria.

60 Nanso ne na kae se, “Dabi! Ɛsɛ sɛ wɔfrɛ no Yohane.”

61 Wɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Obiara nni abusua yi mu a wɔfrɛ no saa.” 62 Eyi ma wɔde wɔn nsa yɛɛ nsɛnkyerɛnne bisaa n’agya din a wɔmfa nto abofra no.

63 Sakaria ma wɔde krataa brɛɛ no na ɔkyerɛw so se, “Ne din de Yohane.” Eyi yɛɛ wɔn nyinaa nwonwa. 64 Amonom hɔ ara, Sakaria tumi kasae bio, na ofii ase yii Onyankopɔn ayɛ.

65 Wɔn a wɔtee nyinaa ho dwiriw wɔn, na saa asɛm yi trɛw faa Yudea mmepɔw so hɔ nyinaa. 66 Obiara a ɔtee saa nsɛm yi bisaa ne ho se, “Ɛdɛn na abofra yi benyin ayɛ daakye? Ɛda adi pefee sɛ Awurade nsa wɔ ne so.”

Sakaria nkɔmhyɛ

67 Honhom hyɛɛ n’agya Sakaria ma ma ɔhyɛɛ nkɔm se, 68 “Nhyira nka Awurade Israel Nyankopɔn sɛ waba abegye ne manfo. 69 Ɔde Agyenkwa Tumfo a ɔyɛ ne somfo Dawid aseni rebrɛ yɛn, 70 sɛnea ɔnam n’adiyifo kronkron so fi teteete hyɛɛ bɔ 71 sɛ, ɔbɛma yɛn Agyenkwa a obegye yɛn afi yɛn atamfo ne wɔn a wokyi yɛn no nsam no.

72 “Na wama bɔ a ɔhyɛɛ yɛn agyanom wɔ n’ahummɔbɔ ho no aba mu na wakae n’apam kronkron no, 73 na wakae n’apam kronkron a ɔne Abraham pamee no, 74 sɛ obegye yɛn afi yɛn atamfo nsam no, na yɛasom no a osuro biara nni mu, 75 na yɛn nkwanna nyinaa mu, yɛayɛ kronkron ne atreneefo wɔ n’anim.

76 “Na wo, akokoaa yi, wɔbɛfrɛ wo ɔsorosoroni no odiyifo efisɛ, wo na wubesiesie ɔkwan ama Agyenkwa no, 77 na wobɛkyerɛ ne manfo ɔkwan a wɔnam bɔnefafiri so nya daa nkwa; 78 na eyinom nyinaa bɛba mu efisɛ, Onyankopɔn mmɔborɔhunu a ɛdɔɔso no, 79 na ɛbɛma hann a efi soro abepue yɛn so ahyerɛn wɔn a wɔte sum ne owu sum mu no so na akyerɛ yɛn kwan akɔ asomdwoe mu.”

80 Abofra no nyinii na honhom hyɛɛ no ma; ɔtenaa sare so kosii bere a ofitii n’asɛnka adwuma ase.

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.