New American Standard Bible

Luke 1

Introduction

1Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things [a]accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning [b]were eyewitnesses and [c]servants of the [d]word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having [e]investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been [f]taught.

Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named [g]Zacharias, of the division of [h]Abijah; and he had a wife [i]from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in [j]years.

Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. 11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear [k]gripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will [l]give him the name John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit [m]while yet in his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

18 Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in [n]years.” 19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who [o]stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”

21 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he kept [p]making signs to them, and remained mute. 23 When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.

24 After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she [q]kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, 25 “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men.”

Jesus’ Birth Foretold

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin [r]engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the [s]descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was [t]Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, [u]favored one! The Lord [v]is with you.” 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How [w]can this be, since I [x]am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the [y]holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and [z]she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 For [aa]nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, the [ab]bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 Now [ac]at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias 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 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And [ad]how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. 45 And blessed is she who [ae]believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her [af]by the Lord.”

The Magnificat

46 And Mary said:

“My soul [ag]exalts the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His [ah]bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
50 And His mercy is [ai]upon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
51 “He has done [aj]mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the [ak]thoughts of their heart.
52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has exalted those who were humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 “He has given help to Israel His servant,
[al]In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and his [am]descendants forever.”

56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.

John Is Born

57 Now the time [an]had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had [ao]displayed His great mercy toward her; and they were rejoicing with her.

59 And it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias, [ap]after his father. 60 But his mother answered and said, “No indeed; but he shall be called John.” 61 And they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.” 62 And they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called. 63 And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, “His name is John.” And they were all astonished. 64 And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God. 65 Fear came on all those living around them; and all these matters were being talked about in all the hill country of Judea. 66 All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, “What then will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.

Zacharias’s Prophecy

67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David His servant—
70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old—
71 [aq]Salvation from our enemies,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
72 To show mercy toward our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant,
73 The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
76 “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
77 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
[ar]By the forgiveness of their sins,
78 Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
79 To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”

80 And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

Notas al pie

  1. Luke 1:1 Or on which there is full conviction
  2. Luke 1:2 Lit became
  3. Luke 1:2 Or ministers
  4. Luke 1:2 I.e. gospel
  5. Luke 1:3 Or followed
  6. Luke 1:4 Or orally instructed in
  7. Luke 1:5 I.e. Zechariah
  8. Luke 1:5 Gr Abia
  9. Luke 1:5 I.e. of priestly descent
  10. Luke 1:7 Lit days
  11. Luke 1:12 Or fell upon
  12. Luke 1:13 Lit call his name
  13. Luke 1:15 Lit from
  14. Luke 1:18 Lit days
  15. Luke 1:19 Lit stand beside
  16. Luke 1:22 Or beckoning to or nodding to
  17. Luke 1:24 Lit was hidden
  18. Luke 1:27 Or betrothed; i.e. the first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night. More legal than engagement
  19. Luke 1:27 Lit house
  20. Luke 1:27 Gr Mariam; i.e. Heb Miriam; so throughout Luke
  21. Luke 1:28 Or woman richly blessed
  22. Luke 1:28 Or be
  23. Luke 1:34 Lit will
  24. Luke 1:34 Lit know no man
  25. Luke 1:35 Lit the holy thing begotten
  26. Luke 1:36 Lit this is the sixth month to her who
  27. Luke 1:37 Lit not any word
  28. Luke 1:38 I.e. female slave
  29. Luke 1:39 Lit in these days
  30. Luke 1:43 Lit from where this to me
  31. Luke 1:45 Or believed, because there will be
  32. Luke 1:45 Lit from
  33. Luke 1:46 Lit makes great
  34. Luke 1:48 I.e. female slave
  35. Luke 1:50 Lit unto generations and generations
  36. Luke 1:51 Lit might
  37. Luke 1:51 Lit thought, attitude
  38. Luke 1:54 Lit So as to remember
  39. Luke 1:55 Lit seed
  40. Luke 1:57 Lit was fulfilled
  41. Luke 1:58 Lit magnified
  42. Luke 1:59 Lit after the name of
  43. Luke 1:71 Or Deliverance
  44. Luke 1:77 Or Consisting in

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Lukas 1

11-3 Højtærede Teofilus!

Der er mange, som har berettet om de begivenheder, der har fundet sted iblandt os, og vi har hørt det fortalt af dem, der fra begyndelsen var øjenvidner og senere forkyndte os Guds ord. Når jeg nu har sat mig for at gennemgå det alt sammen og nedskrive det for dig i rækkefølge, er det, for at du kan blive overbevist om pålideligheden af det, du er blevet undervist om.

Johannes Døbers mirakuløse undfangelse

Dengang Herodes[a] regerede over jødernes land, var der en jødisk præst ved navn Zakarias. Han hørte til Abijas skiftehold[b] blandt præsterne. Hans kone, Elisabet, var efterkommer af Aron, ligesom han selv var. De var retskafne mennesker og efterlevede Guds lov til punkt og prikke. Men de havde ingen børn, for Elisabet kunne ikke få børn, og nu var de begge oppe i årene.

En dag, da Zakarias var i færd med sin tjeneste i templet, for det var hans hold, der havde tjeneste i den uge, tilfaldt det ham ved lodtrækning at gå ind i det hellige rum i templet for at bringe røgelsesofferet. 10 Imens han var i færd med det, stod en stor forsamling af jøder ude i tempelgården og bad, som de plejede, når der brændtes røgelse. 11 Pludselig fik Zakarias inde i templet øje på en engel, der stod på højre side af røgelsesalteret, 12 og det gjorde ham skrækslagen.

13 „Vær ikke bange, Zakarias!” sagde englen. „Jeg er kommet for at fortælle dig, at Gud har hørt dine bønner. Din kone Elisabet vil få en søn, som du skal kalde Johannes. 14 Han vil blive til stor glæde for dig selv og mange andre, 15 for han vil blive en af Guds største tjenere. Han må aldrig drikke vin eller øl, og han vil blive fyldt med Helligåndens kraft,[c] allerede før han bliver født. 16 Mange af Israels folk vil vende om fra deres ondskab og søge Herren, deres Gud, når de hører ham tale. 17 Johannes vil træde frem i profeten Eliasʼ ånd og kraft. Han vil hjælpe forældre til at blive forsonet med deres børn og hjælpe de ulydige til at forstå visdommen i at gøre Guds vilje. Han vil gøre folket parat til at møde Herren.[d]

18 „Det har jeg svært ved at tro,” indvendte Zakarias. „Jeg er jo en halvgammel mand, og min kone er også godt oppe i årene. Giver du mig et tegn, så jeg kan tro på det?”

19 Englen svarede: „Jeg er Gabriel, Guds betroede tjener, og han har sendt mig herhen for at fortælle dig den gode nyhed. 20 Men fordi du tvivlede på, hvad jeg sagde, vil du få det tegn at blive stum. Du vil ikke kunne sige et eneste ord, før barnet er født. Men det, jeg har sagt, vil ske til den fastsatte tid!”

21 Forsamlingen udenfor stod og ventede på, at Zakarias skulle komme ud til dem, og de undrede sig over, at han blev så længe inde i templet. 22 Da han endelig kom ud, kunne han ikke få et ord frem, og folk forstod, at han havde haft et syn i templet. Han forsøgte med tegn og fagter at forklare, hvad der var sket.

23 Efter at Zakarias havde fuldført sin tjenesteuge i templet, vendte han tilbage til sit hjem. 24 Og det varede ikke længe, før Elisabet blev gravid, hvorefter hun holdt sig inden døre i fem måneder.

25 „Det er Gud, der har gjort det!” udbrød hun. „Han har været nådig imod mig og taget min skam bort.”[e]

Den mirakuløse undfangelse af Jesus, Guds Søn

26 Et halvt år efter at Gud havde sendt Gabriel til Zakarias, sendte han ham til Nazaret i Galilæa, 27 hvor der var en ung pige ved navn Maria. Hun var forlovet med en mand, der hed Josef, og han var af Kong Davids slægt. 28 Da Gabriel kom til hende, sagde han: „Fred være med dig! Du er elsket af Gud, og han har store planer med dig.” 29 Maria blev forbløffet over de ord og spekulerede på, hvad meningen kunne være.

30 „Vær ikke bange, Maria,” sagde englen, „for du er udvalgt af Gud. 31 Du vil blive gravid og føde en søn, som du skal give navnet Jesus. 32 Han vil få stor betydning, for han er den Almægtiges Søn. Gud Herren vil sætte ham på Davids trone, 33 og han skal for altid være konge over Israels folk. Hans herredømme vil aldrig få ende.”

34 „Men hvordan skulle jeg kunne få et barn?” spurgte Maria. „Jeg har jo ikke nogen mand.”[f]

35 Englen svarede: „Helligånden vil komme over dig, og den almægtige Guds kraft vil gøre et under i dig. Derfor vil det barn, du skal føde, blive et helligt barn, Guds Søn. 36 Og jeg kan fortælle dig, at din gamle slægtning Elisabet, som aldrig har kunnet få børn, nu venter et barn. Hun er allerede i sjette måned. 37 Intet er umuligt for Gud.”

38 „Så er jeg parat til at acceptere Guds vilje,” udbrød Maria. „Lad det blot ske, som du har sagt.” Så forlod englen hende.

Maria besøger Elisabet

39-40 Maria tog nu af sted til Judæas højland, til den by, hvor Zakarias boede, for hun ville besøge Elisabet. 41 I samme øjeblik Elisabet hørte Marias fredshilsen, sparkede barnet inde i hendes mave, og hun blev fyldt med Helligåndens kraft.

42 „Maria!” råbte hun glædestrålende, „hvor er du en velsignet kvinde, og velsignet er det barn, du venter. 43 Hvilken ære, at min Herres mor kommer og besøger mig. 44 Netop da jeg hørte din fredshilsen, hoppede barnet inden i mig af fryd. 45 Du er velsignet, fordi du troede på, at Gud ville opfylde det løfte, han gav dig.”

Marias lovsang

46 Maria svarede ved at bryde ud i lovsang:

„Jeg priser Herren af hele mit hjerte!
47     Jeg fryder mig over Gud, min Frelser,
48     for han har udvalgt mig, sin ringe tjener.
Alle kommende slægter vil kalde mig velsignet,
49     for den Almægtige har gjort store ting mod mig.
Han er en hellig Gud,
50     og hans trofaste nåde gælder alle, der ærer ham.
51 Han straffer enhver, som har hovmod i hjertet,
    og spreder dem for alle vinde.
52 Verdens fyrster styrter han fra tronen,
    men de ydmyge ophøjer han.
53 De sultne mætter han med alt godt,
    men de rige sender han tomhændet bort.
54 Han er kommet for at hjælpe sin tjener Israel
    ved at opfylde sit løfte om nåde,
55 det løfte, han gav vores forfædre,
    om at velsigne Abraham og hans børn for evigt.”

56 Maria blev hos Elisabet i omtrent tre måneder og vendte så tilbage til sit hjem.

Johannes Døbers fødsel

57 Dagen kom, hvor Elisabet skulle føde, og hun fik en dreng. 58 Familie og naboer fik hurtigt den gode nyhed at vide, og alle glædede sig over Guds godhed mod hende.

59 Ugedagen[g] efter kom slægt og venner for at deltage i omskærelsesceremonien. Alle regnede med, at drengen skulle hedde Zakarias som sin far, 60 men Elisabet sagde: „Nej, han skal hedde Johannes!”[h]

61 „Hvorfor?” udbrød de. „Der er ikke én i hele familien, der hedder sådan.” 62 Så spurgte de med tegn og fagter barnets far, hvad han ønskede, drengen skulle hedde. 63 Han bad om en tavle, og til alles store overraskelse skrev han: „Drengens navn er Johannes.”

64 I samme øjeblik kunne Zakarias tale igen, og han begyndte at lovprise Gud. 65 Naboerne blev slået af forundring, og beretningen herom gik fra mund til mund over hele Judæas højland. 66 Alle, der hørte om det, undrede sig og sagde: „Hvad mon Gud har for med den dreng?” De mirakler, der var sket, gjorde det klart, at Gud havde særlige planer med ham.

67 Johannesʼ far, Zakarias, blev fyldt med Helligåndens kraft og profeterede:

68 „Lovet være Herren, Israels Gud,
    for han har besluttet at befri sit folk.
69 Han har ladet fremstå en forunderlig Frelser
    af sin tjener Davids slægt.
70 Det forudsagde han gennem sine hellige profeter
    i fordums tid:
71 En Frelser, der skal befri os fra vore fjender,
    fra alle, der hader os.
72-75 Han husker sin pagt med Abraham,
    det løfte, han selv har givet,
om at vi altid kunne tjene ham i hellighed og retfærdighed
    uden frygt for vore fjender.
76 Og du, mit barn,
    du skal kaldes den Højestes profet,
    for du skal bane vej for Herren.
77 Du skal fortælle hans folk om frelsen,
    ved at de får deres synd tilgivet
78     som følge af Guds inderlige barmhjertighed.
Solen fra det Høje er på vej for at hjælpe os.
79     Hans lys vil skinne for dem,
    som lever i mørke og i dødens skygge,
    og han vil lede vore fødder ind på fredens vej.”

80 Johannes voksede op og var meget modtagelig for åndelig åbenbarelse. Han opholdt sig i ødemarken, mens han forberedte sig til den dag, da han skulle træde offentligt frem for Israels folk.

Notas al pie

  1. 1,5 Kong Herodes den Store, som man hidtil har ment døde i år 4 f.Kr., men som nogle nu mener døde i 1 f. Kr.
  2. 1,5 Alle de jødiske præster nedstammede fra den første præst Aron fra Levis stamme. De var inddelt i 24 skiftehold, og hvert hold gjorde tjeneste i helligdommen i én uge ca. to gange om året. Jf. 1.Krøn. 24.
  3. 1,15 Se noten til Matt. 1,18.
  4. 1,17 Jf. Mal. 3,23-24.
  5. 1,25 At være barnløs blev betragtet som en straf fra Gud, og folk så ned på sådanne kvinder.
  6. 1,34 En kvinde, der fik et barn, før hun var gift, risikerede dødsstraf.
  7. 1,59 Teksten siger: „på den ottende dag”, hvilket er det samme som „syv dage efter”.
  8. 1,60 Navne havde en betydning, som var væsentlig for jøderne. Johannes er det samme som Johanan, og det betyder: „Gud bringer nåde”.