New American Standard Bible

Luke 1


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

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

Luka 1

0Wakati alipokuwa akifukiza uvumba umati mkubwa wa watu walikuwa nje wakiomba. wakitumia maelezo ya wale wal ioshuhudia mambo haya kwa macho yao na wale waliotabiri habari hizo. Lakini, mimi pia, nimezichunguza habari hizi kuanzia mwanzo. Nami nimeona ni vema nikuandikie kwa mpango, muhtasari huu, ili upate kuwa na hakika ya mambo yote uliyofundishwa.

Utabiri Kuhusu Yohana Mbatizaji

Historia ya mambo haya ilianzia katika jamaa ya kuhani mmoja Myahudi aliyeitwa Zakaria. Yeye aliishi wakati Herode ali pokuwa mfalme wa Yudea na alihudumu katika kikundi cha ukuhani cha Abia. Mkewe Zakaria aliitwa Elizabeti naye alikuwa wa ukoo wa kuhani Aroni. Zakaria na Elizabeti walikuwa watu wenye kumcha Mungu, wakitii amri zake zote na kutimiza maagizo yake yote kika milifu. Lakini hawakuwa na watoto, maana Elizabeti alikuwa tasa; na wote wawili walishapita umri wa kuzaa. 8-9 Siku moja, kikundi cha Zakaria kilikuwa na zamu Hekaluni na Zakaria alikuwa anafanya huduma yake ya ukuhani kwa Mungu. Walipopiga kura, kama ilivyokuwa desturi, ili wamchague atakayeingia kufukiza uvumba madhabahuni, Zakaria alichaguliwa. 11 Ghafla, malaika wa Bwana akamtokea Zakaria. Akasimama upande wa kulia wa madhabahu ya kufukizia uvumba. 12 Zakaria alipomwona huyo mal aika alishtuka akajawa na hofu.

13 Lakini malaika akamwambia, “Usiogope, Zakaria! Kwa maana Mungu amesikia maombi yako, na mkeo Elizabeti atakuzalia mtoto wa kiume, na jina lake utamwita Yohana. 14 Nawe utakuwa na furaha kubwa moyoni wakati huo na watu wengi watashangilia kuzaliwa kwake. 15 Kwa sababu atakuwa mkuu mbele za Bwana, hataonja divai wala kinywaji cho chote cha kulevya; atajazwa Roho Mtakatifu hata kabla ya kuzaliwa kwake. 16 Naye atawavuta Wayahudi wengi warudi kwa Bwana, Mungu wao. 17 Yeye atamtangulia Bwana akiongozwa na Roho na nguvu ya nabii Eliya. Atawapatanisha akina baba na watoto wao. Atawarejesha waasi katika njia ya wenye haki na kuandaa watu wa Bwana kwa ajili ya kuja kwake.” 18 Zakaria akamwambia mal aika, “Jambo hilo linawezekanaje? Mimi ni mzee na mke wangu pia ana umri mkubwa!” 19 Malaika akamjibu, akamwambia, “Mimi ni Gabrieli, nisimamaye mbele za Mungu. Yeye ndiye aliyenituma kwako nikuambie habari hizi njema. 20 Sikiliza! Kwa sababu huku niamini, utakuwa bubu, hutaweza kusema mpaka maneno yangu yataka pothibitishwa wakati mtoto huyo atakapozaliwa.” 21 Wakati mambo haya yakitokea mle Hekaluni, watu waliokuwa nje wakimngojea Zakaria walikuwa wakishangaa kwa nini alikawia kutoka. 22 Hati maye alipotoka hakuweza kusema nao. Wakatambua ya kuwa ameona maono ndani ya Hekalu. Kwa kuwa alikuwa bubu, akawaashiria kwa mikono. 23 Muda wake wa zamu Hekaluni ulipomalizika, akarudi nyumbani kwake. 24 Kisha baada ya muda si mrefu, Elizabeti mkewe alipata mimba, naye akajificha kwa miezi mitano akisema: 25 “Bwana amekuwa mwema kwangu. Maana ameniondolea aibu yangu mbele za watu.”

Kuzaliwa Kwa Yesu Kwatabiriwa

26 Miezi sita baada ya Elizabeti kupata mimba, Mungu alim tuma malaika Gabrieli aende katika mji wa Nazareti, ulioko Gali laya, 27 kwa msichana bikira aliyeitwa Mariamu. Yeye alikuwa ameposwa na mtu mmoja aliyeitwa Yusufu, wa ukoo wa Mfalme Daudi.

28 Malaika Gabrieli alimtokea Mariamu, akamwambia: “Sal aamu, ewe binti uliyebarikiwa, Bwana yu pamoja nawe!”

29 Mariamu alifadhaishwa sana na maneno haya, akajiuliza moyoni, maana ya salamu hizi ni nini. 30 Ndipo malaika akamwam bia, “Usiogope, Mariamu, Mungu amependezwa nawe. 31 Sikiliza, utapata mimba, nawe utazaa mtoto wa kiume; na utamwita jina lake Yesu. 32 Mtoto huyo atakuwa mkuu na ataitwa Mwana wa Aliye Juu. Na Bwana Mungu atampa kiti cha enzi cha Mfalme Daudi, baba yake. 33 Atatawala juu ya nyumba ya Yakobo daima; na ufalme wake hau takuwa na mwisho!”

34 Mariamu akamwuliza malaika, “Lakini, nitapataje mimba, na mimi ni bikira?” 35 Malaika akamjibu, “Roho Mtakatifu ata kujilia na nguvu za Mungu zitakufunika kama kivuli, na kwa hiyo mtoto atakayezaliwa atakuwa mtakatifu na ataitwa Mwana wa Mungu. 36 Tena, miezi sita iliyopita binamu yako Elizabeti, aliyeitwa tasa, amepata mimba ingawa ni mzee sana. 37 Kwa maana kwa Mungu hakuna lisilo wezekana.”

38 Mariamu akasema, “Mimi ni mtumishi wa Bwana. Na iwe kwangu kama ulivyosema.’ ’ Kisha malaika akaondoka.

Mariamu Aenda Kumtembelea Elizabeti

39 , 40 Baada ya siku chache, Mariamu aliharakisha kwenda mji mmoja katika milima ya Yudea. Akaingia nyumbani kwa Zakaria akamsalimu Elizabeti. 41 Naye aliposikia salaamu za Mariamu, mtoto aliyekuwa tumboni mwake aliruka. Elizabeti akajazwa na Roho Mtakatifu, 42 akasema kwa sauti kubwa: “Umebarikiwa wewe zaidi ya wanawake wengine wote, naye mtoto utakayemzaa amebari kiwa. 43 Sikustahili heshima hii ya kutembelewa na mama wa Bwana wangu! 44 Mara tu niliposikia salaamu zako, mtoto aliyeko tum boni mwangu aliruka kwa furaha. 45 Wewe umebarikiwa kwa kuwa uliamini kwamba Bwana atatimiza yale aliyokuambia.” 46 Mariamu akasema: “Namtukuza Bwana, 47 na roho yangu inamfurahia Mungu Mwokozi wangu. 48 Kwa kuwa ameutambua unyonge wa mtumishi wake. Tangu sasa vizazi vyote wataniita niliyebarikiwa. 49 Kwa maana, yeye Mwenye Uwezo, amenitendea mambo ya ajabu! Jina lake ni taka tifu. 50 Rehema zake hudumu vizazi hata vizazi kwao wamchao. 51 Kwa mkono wake ametenda mambo makuu. Wenye kiburi mioyoni mwao amewatawanya. 52 Amewaangusha wafalme kutoka katika viti vyao vya enzi na kuwainua wanyonge. 53 Amewashibisha wenye njaa kwa vitu vizuri na matajiri amewafukuza mikono mitupu. 54 Amem saidia mtumishi wake Israeli, akiikumbuka rehema yake, 55 kama alivyowaahidi baba zetu Ibrahimu na uzao wake daima.” 56 Mar iamu akakaa na Elizabeti karibu miezi mitatu, kisha akarudi nyum bani kwake.

Kuzaliwa Kwa Yohana Mbatizaji

57 Ikawa siku za kujifungua kwake Elizabeti zilipotimia, alizaa mtoto wa kiume . 58 Habari zikawafikia majirani na jamaa jinsi Bwana alivyomfanyia rehema kuu. Nao wakafurahi pamoja naye. 59 Mtoto alipokuwa na umri wa siku nane, watu wakaja kuhudhuria tohara yake. Wote wakataka wampe yule mtoto jina la Zakaria, yaani jina la baba yake. 60 Lakini mama yake akakataa na kusema, “La si hilo. Jina lake litakuwa Yohana.” 61 Wakamjibu, “Mbona hakuna mtu katika jamaa yako mwenye jina kama hilo?” 62 Basi wakaamua kumwuliza Zakaria kwa ishara kwamba yeye angependa mtoto aitwe nani. 63 Akaomba mahali pa kuandikia, naye akaandika: “Jina lake ni Yohana.” Watu wote wakastaajabu. 64 Papo hapo uwezo wa kusema ukamrudia Zakaria naye akaanza kumsifu Mungu. 65 Watu wote walioshuhudia jambo hili wakastaajabu mno, na habari hii ikaenea sehemu zote za wilaya ile ya Yudea. 66 Na kila aliyezisikia habari hizi aliwaza moyoni: “Je, mtoto huyu atakuwa mtu wa namna gani?” Maana, hakika mkono wa Bwana ulikuwa pamoja naye.

Utabiri Wa Zakaria

67 Zakaria, baba yake, akajazwa na Roho Mtakatifu, naye akata biri akisema: 68 “Atukuzwe Bwana, Mungu wa Israeli, kwa kuwa amewajia watu wake ili awakomboe. 69 Naye ametusimamishia nguvu ya wokovu katika ukoo wa Daudi mtumishi wake; 70 kama alivy oahidi kwa vinywa vya manabii wake watakatifu tangu zamani: 71 kwamba atatuokoa na maadui zetu na kututoa kutoka katika mikono ya wote watuchukiao. 72 Aliahidi ataonyesha rehema kwa baba zetu na kukumbuka agano lake takatifu 73 aliloagana na baba yetu Ibrahimu: 74 kutuokoa kutoka katika mikono ya adui zetu na kutuwezesha kumtumikia pasipo woga, 75 katika utakatifu na haki mbele zake, siku zetu zote. 76 Na wewe mwanangu, utaitwa nabii wa Aliye Juu, kwa kuwa utamtangulia Bwana na kumwandalia njia; 77 na kuwafahamisha watu wake juu ya wokovu utakaopatikana kwa kusamehewa dhambi zao, 78 kwa ajili ya wingi wa rehema za Mungu wetu. Nuru ya jua itatujia kutoka mbinguni na 79 kuwaangazia wote waishio katika giza na katika uvuli wa mauti na kuiongoza miguu yetu katika njia ya amani.” 80 Yule mtoto akakua na kuko maa kiroho; akaishi nyikani hadi alipoanza kuwahubiria Waisraeli hadharani.