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Luke 1:1-80


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!”

Mary’s Song

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.

Zechariah’s Song

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.

Knijga O Kristu

Luka 1:1-80

Svrha Lukinog pisanja

1Mnogi su već pokušali srediti pripovijedanja o događajima koji su se ispunili među nama, 2prema predaji onih koji su od početka bili očevici i sluge Riječi. 3Odlučio sam stoga i ja, vrli Teofile, tebi napisati sve po redu, pošto sam sve od početka pomno ispitao, 4da se tako osvjedočiš u pouzdanost učenja koje si primio.

Navještenje rođenja Ivana Krstitelja

5Za vladavine judejskoga kralja Heroda bio je neki svećenik imenom Zaharija iz Abijina reda hramskih službenika. Žena mu je također bila iz Aronova svećeničkog plemena. Zvala se Elizabeta. 6Oboje su bili pravedni pred Bogom jer su besprijekorno bili poslušni svim zapovijedima i odredbama Gospodnjim. 7Nisu imali djece jer je Elizabeta bila nerotkinja, a oboje su već bili u poodmakloj dobi.

8Jednoga je dana Zaharija služio Bogu u Hramu jer je na dužnosti bio njegov red. 9Prema svećeničkome običaju ždrijebom ga zapadne da uđe u Svetište Gospodnje i da prinese kâd. 10Za vrijeme kađenja sve se mnoštvo naroda vani molilo.

11A Zahariji se ukaže Gospodnji anđeo. Stajao je s desne strane kadionog žrtvenika. 12Kad ga ugleda, Zaharija se veoma prestraši.

13Ali anđeo mu reče: “Ne boj se, Zaharija! Jer uslišana ti je molitva: tvoja će ti žena Elizabeta roditi sina. Nadjenut ćeš mu ime Ivan. 14Bit ćeš radostan i veseo, i mnogi će se veseliti njegovu rođenju. 15Bit će on doista velik u očima Gospodnjim. Neće piti vina ni drugoga opojnog pića. Bit će ispunjen Svetim Duhom još od majčine utrobe. 16Navest će mnoge Izraelce da se obrate Gospodinu, svojemu Bogu. 17Ići će pred Gospodinom pun duha i sile kao drevni prorok Ilija. Obratit će srce otaca k sinovima, a nepokorne umove promijeniti tako da prihvate razumnost pravednika. Pripremit će narod za dolazak Gospodnji.”

18Zaharija reče anđelu: “Po čemu ću znati da će se to dogoditi? Već sam star, a i žena mi je u poodmakloj dobi.”

19Anđeo mu odgovori: “Ja sam Gabrijel, koji stojim pred samim Bogom. Poslan sam da govorim s tobom i da ti donesem radosnu vijest. 20A sada ćeš zanijemiti i nećeš moći govoriti do dana kada za to dođe vrijeme i moje se riječi ispune zato što im nisi povjerovao.”

21Narod je za to vrijeme čekao Zahariju i čudio se što se on toliko zadržao u Svetištu. 22Kad je napokon izišao, nije im mogao ništa reći. Oni shvate da je u Svetištu imao viđenje. Pokušao im je govoriti znacima, ali je ostao nijem.

23Ostao je u Hramu dok nisu istekli dani njegove službe, a zatim se vratio doma. 24Ubrzo zatim njegova žena Elizabeta zanese. Pet mjeseci se krila. Govorila je: 25“Gospodin mi je to učinio! Skinuo je s mene sramotu pred ljudima.”

Navještenje Isusova rođenja

26Nakon šest mjeseci Bog pošalje anđela Gabrijela u galilejski grad Nazaret 27k djevici Mariji, zaručenoj za čovjeka imenom Josip, iz Davidove loze. 28Gabrijel joj se ukazao i rekao: “Zdravo, milosti puna! Gospodin s tobom!”

29Nato se Marija uznemiri te se počne domišljati što bi taj pozdrav mogao značiti. 30“Ne boj se, Marijo!” reče joj anđeo. “Bog ti je odlučio dati milost. 31Zanijet ćeš i roditi sina. Nadjenut ćeš mu ime Isus. 32On će biti vrlo velik i zvat će se Sin Svevišnjega. Gospodin Bog dat će mu prijestolje njegova pretka Davida. 33Vladat će domom Jakovljevim zauvijek; njegovu kraljevstvu neće biti kraja.”

34Marija upita anđela: “Ali kako? Ja još nisam upoznala muškarca.”

35Anđeo joj odgovori: “Sveti Duh će sići na tebe i sila Svevišnjega će te zakriliti. Zato će dijete koje rodiš biti sveto i zvat će se Božji Sin. 36Eto, tvoja je sestrična Elizabeta u starosti začela sina. Zvali su ju nerotkinjom, a trudna je već šest mjeseci. 37Jer Bogu nije ništa nemoguće!”

38Marija mu reče: “Evo, Božja sam sluškinja. Neka mi bude kao što si rekao!” Anđeo tada ode.

Marija posjećuje Elizabetu

39Nekoliko dana poslije Marija požuri u gorski predjel Judeje, 40k Zahariji. Uđe u kuću i pozdravi Elizabetu. 41Na Marijin pozdrav Elizabeti poskoči dijete u utrobi, a ona se napuni Svetim Duhom 42te glasno poviče: “Najblagoslovljenija si od svih žena i blagoslovljen je plod tvoje utrobe! 43Kakve li časti da me posjeti majka mojega Gospodina! 44Jer onog časa kad je tvoj pozdrav dopro do mojih ušiju, na tvoj je glas čedo u meni poskočilo od radosti! 45Blago tebi jer si povjerovala da će se ispuniti što ti je rekao Gospodin!”

Marijin hvalospjev

46Marija tada reče:

“Slavi duša moja Gospodina!

47Duh se moj raduje u Bogu, mojemu Spasitelju,

48jer spomenuo se milostivo svoje neznatne sluškinje!

Svi će me naraštaji odsad nazivati blaženom

49jer mi je Svesilni, čije je ime sveto,

učinio velika djela.

50Njegova je milost od naraštaja do naraštaja

nad onima koji ga štuju.

51Moćnom rukom čini silna djela,

rastjeruje ohole i umišljene.

52Zbacio je s prijestolja vladare,

a uzvisio neznatne.

53Gladne je nasitio dobrima,

a bogataše otpustio praznih ruku.

54Priskočio je u pomoć svojemu sluzi Izraelu

sjećajući se milosti

55koju je obećao našim precima:

da će Abrahamu i njegovu potomku1:55 Vidjeti Galaćanima 3:16. uvijek biti milostiv.”

56Marija je s Elizabetom ostala otprilike tri mjeseca, a zatim se vratila doma.

Rođenje Ivana Krstitelja

57Elizabeti je došlo vrijeme da rodi te ona rodi sina. 58Kad se među njezinim susjedima i rodbinom pročulo da joj je Bog iskazao veliku milost, veselili su se skupa s njom.

59Kad je dijete navršilo osam dana, okupe se na obredu obrezanja. Htjeli su dječaka nazvati Zaharijom po ocu, 60ali se Elizabeta usprotivi: “Nipošto! Mora se zvati Ivan!”

61“Pa u cijeloj se tvojoj obitelji nitko tako ne zove!” 62Zato znacima upitaju dječakova oca kako ga želi nazvati. 63On zatraži da mu daju pločicu i napiše: “Zove se Ivan.” Svi se začude, 64a Zahariji se odriješi jezik te on smjesta progovori i počne slaviti Boga.

65Strah Božji obuzme sve žitelje toga kraja. Po cijelome judejskom gorju prepričavali su se ti događaji. 66I tko god bi o njima čuo, razmišljao je o njima i pitao se: “Što će biti od toga djeteta? Zaista je nad njim ruka Gospodnja.”

Zaharijino proročanstvo

67Tada njegova oca Zahariju ispuni Sveti Duh te on izrekne proročanstvo:

68“Slava Gospodinu Bogu Izraelovu

jer je pohodio svoj narod i otkupio ga!

69Podiže nam silnog Spasitelja

iz potomstva svojega sluge Davida,

70kao što je od davnine obećao

kroz riječi svojih svetih proroka:

71spasiti nas od neprijatelja

i od ruku svih naših mrzitelja.

72Bio je milosrdan našim precima

i spomenuo se svojega svetog Saveza,

73zavjeta koji je dao našemu ocu Abrahamu.

74Izbavio nas je od neprijatelja

da mu možemo služiti bez straha

75u svetosti i pravednosti u sve svoje dane.

76A ti ćeš se, sine moj, zvati prorokom Svevišnjega

jer ćeš ići ispred Gospodina da mu pripraviš put.

77Poučit ćeš njegov narod

kako da spozna spasenje

kroz oproštenje svojih grijeha,

78po milosrdnom srcu našega Boga

po kojemu će nas pohoditi zora s visine

79da donese svjetlo onima

koji prebivaju u tmini i u smrtnoj sjeni

te da naše korake povede putem mira.”

80Dječak je rastao i duhovno jačao. Kad je odrastao, živio je u pustinji sve dok nije započeo javnu službu pred Izraelom.