1Adamfo pa Tiofilo, nnipa pii abɔ mmɔden akyerɛw Yesu ho nsɛm a akɔ so wɔ yɛn mu no. 2 Wɔkyerɛw faa nsɛm a wɔaka akyerɛ yɛn a nnipa a wohuu saa nneɛma yi fi mfiase nam so daa no adi no ho. 3 Nanso minyaa adwene bi sɛ, sɛ mehwehwɛ nea wɔakyerɛw no nyinaa mu yiye na mekyerɛw brɛ wo a, eye. 4 Eyi bɛboa wo ma woahu nokware a ɛwɔ nea woasua no nyinaa mu.
Yohane awo ho nkɔmhyɛ
5 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. 6 Na Sakaria ne ne yere Elisabet som Onyankopɔn nokwarem a wɔn ho nni asɛm wɔ Onyankopɔn anim. 7 Na wonni ba, efisɛ, na Elisabet yɛ obonini. Na wɔn baanu nyinaa nso anyinyin.
8 Da bi a eduu Sakaria asɔfokuw so sɛ wɔyɛ asɔredan mu adwuma no, 9 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.”
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.
1Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled[a] among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eye witnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
The birth of John the Baptist foretold
5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.
8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshippers were praying outside.
11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.’
18 Zechariah asked the angel, ‘How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well on in years.’
19 The angel said to him, ‘I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.’
21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realised he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.
23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 ‘The Lord has done this for me,’ she said. ‘In these days he has shown his favour and taken away my disgrace among the people.’
The birth of Jesus foretold
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants for ever; his kingdom will never end.’
34 ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’
35 The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.’
38 ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.
Mary visits Elizabeth
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!’
46 And Mary said:
‘My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me –
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants for ever,
just as he promised our ancestors.’
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
The birth of John the Baptist
57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60 but his mother spoke up and said, ‘No! He is to be called John.’
61 They said to her, ‘There is no one among your relatives who has that name.’
62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, ‘His name is John.’ 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 All the neighbours were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, ‘What then is this child going to be?’ For the Lord’s hand was with him.
67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a horn[c] of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us –
72 to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.’
80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit[d]; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.