1Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled1:1 Or been surely believed among us, 2just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3With 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, 4so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
5In 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. 6Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.
8Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
11Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13But 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. 14He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15for 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. 16He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17And 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.”
18Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
19The 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. 20And 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.”
21Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.
23When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24After 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 favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32He 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, 33and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35The 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 called1:35 Or So the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. 36Even 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. 37For 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
39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
46And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
56Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
The Birth of John the Baptist
57When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
59On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”
61They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”
62Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 64Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 65All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.
67His 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.
69He has raised up a horn1:69 Horn here symbolizes a strong king. of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
72to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
73the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
75in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76And 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,
77to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
80And the child grew and became strong in spirit1:80 Or in the Spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.
Hann A Ɛwɔ Esum Mu
1Adamfo pa Teofilo, nnipa pii abɔ mmɔden atwerɛ Yesu ho nsɛm a akɔ so wɔ yɛn mu no. 2Wɔtwerɛɛ sɛdeɛ nnipa a wɔhunuu saa nneɛma yi firi ahyɛaseɛ no daa no adi kyerɛɛ wɔn. 3Nanso, menyaa adwene bi sɛ, sɛ mehwehwɛ deɛ wɔatwerɛ no nyinaa mu yie na metwerɛ brɛ wo a, ɛyɛ. 4Yei bɛboa wo ma woahunu nokorɛ a ɛwɔ deɛ woasua no nyinaa mu.
Yohane Awoɔ Ho Nkɔmhyɛ
5Mede mʼasɛm no bɛfiri Yudafoɔ ɔsɔfoɔ Sakaria a ɔtenaa ase Yudeahene Herode berɛ so a na ɔfiri Abia asɔfokuo mu no so. Sakaria yere Elisabet nso, na ɔyɛ Aaron aseni. 6Na Sakaria ne ne yere Elisabet som Onyankopɔn nokorɛm a wɔn ho nni asɛm wɔ Onyankopɔn anim. 7Na wɔnni ba, ɛfiri sɛ, na Elisabet yɛ obonini. Na wɔn baanu nyinaa nso anyinyini.
8Ɛda bi a ɛduruu Sakaria asɔfokuo so sɛ wɔyɛ asɔredan mu adwuma no, 9wɔtoo aba yii no sɛ, ɔnkɔhye aduhwam wɔ ɔhyeɛ afɔrebukyia no so. 10Saa ɛberɛ yi ara nso na asafo no rebɔ mpaeɛ wɔ adihɔ hɔ sɛdeɛ wɔtaa yɛ no.
11Sakaria gu so rehye aduhwam no, prɛko pɛ, Awurade ɔbɔfoɔ bɛgyinaa afɔrebukyia no nkyɛn mu wɔ nifa so. 12Sakaria hunuu no no, ɔbɔɔ birim na ne ho popoeɛ. 13Nanso, ɔsoro ɔbɔfoɔ no ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Sakaria, nsuro, Awurade Onyankopɔn ate wo mpaeɛbɔ. Wo yere Elisabet bɛwo babarima na ɛsɛ sɛ woto ne din Yohane. 14Nʼawoɔ bɛma wʼani agye na wo ho asɛpɛ wo. Saa ara na ɛbɛma nnipa bebree nso ani agye. 15Ɔbɛyɛ kɛse Awurade anim. Ɔrennom nsã biara da, na Honhom Kronkron bɛyɛ no ma afiri ne maame yam. 16Israelfoɔ pii nam nʼasɛnka so bɛnya adwensakyera asane aba Awurade, wɔn Onyankopɔn, nkyɛn. 17Ɔbɛnya Odiyifoɔ Elia honhom ahoɔden no bi, na ɔbɛdi Agyenkwa no ba no anim abɛsiesie nnipa ama ne ba a ɔbɛba no. Nʼasɛnka bɛma nteaseɛ aba agyanom ne wɔn mma ntam. Na ɔbɛdane Awurade asɛm no ho asoɔdenfoɔ adwene akɔ Awurade pɛ ho.”
18Sakaria buaa ɔbɔfoɔ no sɛ, “Ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na yei aba mu? Mabɔ akɔkoraa na me yere nso abɔ aberewa.”
19Ɔbɔfoɔ no kaa sɛ, “Mene Gabriel a megyina Onyankopɔn anim daa no. Ɔno na ɔsomaa me sɛ memmɛka asɛmpa yi nkyerɛ wo. 20Esiane sɛ woagye akyinnyeɛ enti, wobɛtɔ mumu kɔsi sɛ wɔbɛwo abɔfra no. Na deɛ maka akyerɛ wo yi nyinaa bɛba mu pɛpɛɛpɛ wɔ ne berɛ a ɛsɛ mu.”
21Saa ɛberɛ yi nyinaa na asafo mma no retwɛn Sakaria sɛ ɔbɛba. Na ɛyɛ wɔn nwanwa sɛ wakyɛ saa. 22Ɛberɛ a ɔbaeɛ no, wantumi ankasa ankyerɛ asafo mma no. Wɔhunu firii ne nneyɛeɛ mu sɛ wahunu nʼani so adeɛ wɔ asɔredan mu hɔ.
23Ɔwiee nʼasɔfodwuma wɔ asɔredan mu hɔ no, ɔkɔɔ efie. 24Nna bi akyi no, ne yere Elisabet nyinsɛnee na ɔde ne ho siee abosome enum. 25Ɔde anigyeɛ kaa sɛ, “Awurade ayɛ me adɔeɛ. Wayi animguaseɛ a ɛkaa me wɔ nnipa anim no afiri me so.”
Yesu Awoɔ Ho Nkɔmhyɛ
26Elisabet nyinsɛnee abosome nsia no, Onyankopɔn somaa ɔbɔfoɔ Gabriel kɔɔ Galilea akuraa bi a wɔfrɛ no Nasaret no ase 27sɛ, ɔnkɔ ɔbaa kronkron bi a wɔfrɛ no Maria a na wɔde no ama Yosef a ɔfiri Ɔhene Dawid abusua mu no awadeɛ no nkyɛn. 28Gabriel hunuu no ara pɛ, ɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Asomdwoeɛ nka wo! Awurade ka wo ho, wo a Awurade adom wo.”
29Ɔbɔfoɔ no asɛm no maa Maria adwenem yɛɛ no nnaa ma ɔbisaa ne ho sɛ, “Na saa nkyea yi, ase ne sɛn?” 30Ɔbɔfoɔ no sane ka kyerɛɛ Maria bio sɛ, “Maria, nsuro, ɛfiri sɛ, Awurade adom wo. 31Tie! Ɛrenkyɛre biara wobɛnyinsɛn na woawo ɔbabarima na woato ne din Yesu. 32Ɔbɛyɛ ɔkɛseɛ, na wɔbɛfrɛ no Ɔsorosoro Onyankopɔn Ba. Na Awurade de ne nana Dawid ahennwa no bɛma no. 33Na ɔbɛdi Yakob efie so ɔhene daa; na nʼahennie to rentwa da.”
34Maria bisaa ɔbɔfoɔ no sɛ, “Na ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na mawo wɔ ɛberɛ a ɔbarima nhunuu me da?”
35Ɔbɔfoɔ no buaa sɛ, “Honhom Kronkron bɛba wo so na Ɔsorosoro Onyankopɔn tumi abɛkata wo so, yei enti abɔfra a wobɛwo no no bɛyɛ kronkron na wɔbɛfrɛ no Onyankopɔn Ba. 36Ɛbɛyɛ abosome nsia ni a wo busuani Elisabet mpo a ɔyɛ obonini anyinsɛn ɔbabarima wɔ ne mmerewaberɛ mu. 37Ɛfiri sɛ, Onyankopɔn deɛ, biribiara nso no yɛ.”
38Maria kaa sɛ, “Me deɛ, meyɛ Awurade afenaa. Deɛ Awurade pɛ na ɛnyɛ.” Ɛno akyi, ɔbɔfoɔ no gyaa no hɔ kɔeɛ.
Maria Kɔsra Elisabet
39Nna kakra bi akyi no, Maria kɔɔ Yudea mmepɔ so kuro bi mu. 40Saa kuro no mu na Sakaria te. Ɔduruu kuro no mu hɔ no, ɔkɔɔ Sakaria efie kɔsraa Elisabet. Ɔkyeaa no. 41Elisabet tee Maria nkyea no, ɔba a ɔda ne yam no kekaa ne ho; amonom hɔ ara, Honhom Kronkron hyɛɛ Elisabet ma. 42Elisabet de ahosɛpɛ teaam sɛ, “Maria, wɔahyira wo sene mmaa nyinaa, na wo ba a wobɛwo no no bɛyɛ onipa kɛseɛ. 43Animuonyam bɛn na ɛsene yei. Me sɛɛ ne hwan a anka mʼAwurade na bɛba abɛsra me? 44Wokyeaa me pɛ, na abɔfra no de anigyeɛ kekaa ne ho. 45Nhyira nka wo sɛ wogye dii sɛ, deɛ Onyankopɔn aka no, ɔbɛyɛ; ɛno enti na wɔadom wo yi.”
Maria Ayɛyie Dwom
46Maria kaa sɛ,
“Me ɔkra kamfo Awurade.
47Na me honhom ani gye mʼagyenkwa Onyankopɔn mu;
48ɛfiri sɛ, wahunu nʼafenawa mmɔborɔni mmɔbɔ,
na ɛfiri ɛnnɛ, awontoatoasoɔ nyinaa bɛfrɛ me deɛ Onyankopɔn ahyira no.
49Ɛfiri sɛ, Ɔkronkronni Otumfoɔ no ayɛ ade kɛseɛ ama me;
50nʼahummɔborɔ firi awoɔ ntoatoasoɔ kɔsi awoɔ ntoatoasoɔ
ma wɔn a wɔsuro no na wɔdi no ni no nyinaa.
51Ɔde ne nsa a tumi wɔ mu no
abɔ ahomasofoɔ ne ahantanfoɔ ne wɔn nsusuiɛ apete.
52Watu aberempɔn adeɛ so
ama ahobrɛasefoɔ so.
53Wama wɔn a ahia wɔn no nnepa
na wagya ahonyafoɔ kwan nsapan.
54Waboa nʼakoa Israel
na ne werɛ amfiri ne mmɔborɔhunu ne ne bɔ
55a ɔhyɛɛ yɛn agya Abraham ne nʼasefoɔ no da.”
56Maria tenaa Elisabet nkyɛn bɛyɛ abosome mmiɛnsa ansa na ɔresane akɔ ne kurom.
Yohane Osubɔni Awoɔ
57Elisabet awoɔ duruu so no, ɔwoo ɔbabarima. 58Nʼafipamfoɔ ne nʼabusuafoɔ tee adɔeɛ a Awurade ayɛ no no, wɔne no nyinaa de anigyeɛ dii ahurisie.
59Ɛduruu nnawɔtwe no, abusuafoɔ ne adɔfoɔ bɛhyiaa sɛ wɔrebɛtwa abɔfra no twetia na wɔato ne din. Wɔpɛɛ sɛ wɔde abɔfra no to nʼagya Sakaria. 60Nanso, ne maame kaa sɛ, “Dabi! Ɛsɛ sɛ wɔfrɛ no Yohane.”
61Wɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Obiara nni abusua yi mu a wɔfrɛ no saa.”
62Yei maa wɔde wɔn nsa yɛɛ nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ bisaa nʼagya din a wɔmfa nto abɔfra no. 63Sakaria maa wɔde krataa brɛɛ no na ɔtwerɛɛ so sɛ, “Ne din de Yohane.” Yei yɛɛ wɔn nyinaa nwanwa. 64Amonom hɔ ara, Sakaria tumi kasaa bio, na ɔhyɛɛ aseɛ yii Onyankopɔn ayɛ. 65Wɔn a wɔteeɛ nyinaa ho dwirii wɔn, na saa asɛm yi trɛ faa Yudea mmepɔ so hɔ nyinaa. 66Obiara a ɔtee saa nsɛm yi bisaa ne ho sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn na abɔfra yi bɛnyini ayɛ daakye? Ɛda adi pefee sɛ Awurade nsa wɔ ne so.”
67Honhom hyɛɛ nʼagya Sakaria ma ma ɔhyɛɛ nkɔm sɛ,
68“Nhyira nka Awurade, Israel Onyankopɔn,
sɛ waba abɛgye ne manfoɔ.
69Ɔde Agyenkwa Otumfoɔ a ɔyɛ ne ɔsomfoɔ Dawid aseni rebrɛ yɛn,
70sɛdeɛ ɔnam nʼadiyifoɔ kronkron so firi teteete hyɛɛ bɔ
71sɛ, ɔbɛma yɛn Agyenkwa a ɔbɛgye yɛn afiri yɛn atamfoɔ
ne wɔn a wɔkyiri yɛn no nsam no.
72Na wama bɔ a ɔhyɛɛ yɛn agyanom wɔ nʼahummɔborɔ ho no
aba mu na wakae nʼapam kronkron no,
73na wakae nʼapam kronkron a ɔne Abraham pameeɛ no;
74sɛ ɔbɛgye yɛn afiri yɛn atamfoɔ nsam no,
na yɛasom no a osuro biara nni mu.
75Na yɛn nkwa nna nyinaa mu, yɛayɛ kronkron ne ateneneefoɔ wɔ nʼanim.
76“Na wo, akɔkoaa yi, wɔbɛfrɛ wo Ɔsorosoroni no Odiyifoɔ,
ɛfiri sɛ, wo na wobɛsiesie ɛkwan ama Agyenkwa no,
77na wobɛkyerɛ ne manfoɔ kwan a
wɔnam bɔnefakyɛ so nya nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ;
78na yeinom nyinaa bɛba mu ɛfiri sɛ,
Onyankopɔn mmɔborɔhunu a ɛdɔɔso no,
79na ɛbɛma hann a ɛfiri ɔsoro abɛpue yɛn so
ahyerɛn wɔn a wɔte sum ne owuo sum mu no so,
na akyerɛ yɛn ɛkwan akɔ asomdwoeɛ mu.”
80Abɔfra no nyinii na honhom hyɛɛ no ma; ɔtenaa ɛserɛ so kɔsii ɛberɛ a ɔfirii nʼasɛnka adwuma ase.