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 people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us. 2 They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples.[a] 3 Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to write an accurate account for you, most honorable Theophilus, 4 so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught.
The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
5 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. 6 Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations. 7 They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old.
8 One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week. 9 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.
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
- 1:2 Greek from those who from the beginning were servants of the word.
- 1:15 Or even from birth.
- 1:17 See Mal 4:5-6.
- 1:28a Or Rejoice.
- 1:28b Some manuscripts add Blessed are you among women.
- 1:33 Greek over the house of Jacob.
- 1:37 Some manuscripts read For nothing is impossible with God.
- 1:69 Greek has raised up a horn of salvation for us.
- 1:78 Or the Morning Light from Heaven is about to visit us.