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Luke 1


1Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled[a] among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With 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, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

In 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. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But 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. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for 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. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And 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.”

18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

19 The 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. 20 And 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.”

21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When 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.

23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After 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

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He 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, 33 and 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?”

35 The 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 called[b] the Son of God. 36 Even 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. 37 For 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

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home 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 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

The Birth of John the Baptist

57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.

59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”

61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”

62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone 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

67 His 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.
69 He has raised up a horn[c] of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors
    and to remember his holy covenant,
73     the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
    and to enable us to serve him without fear
75     in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

76 And 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,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
    through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
    by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
    and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit[d]; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.

Notas al pie

  1. Luke 1:1 Or been surely believed
  2. Luke 1:35 Or So the child to be born will be called holy,
  3. Luke 1:69 Horn here symbolizes a strong king.
  4. Luke 1:80 Or in the Spirit

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Evanjelium Podľa Lukáša 1

1 Vznešený Teofil!

Už mnohí predo mnou sa usilovali pravdivo vykresliť život a dielo Ježiša Krista

na základe spoľahlivých správ jeho žiakov a očitých svedkov.

Aj ja som sa rozhodol dôkladne preskúmať, roztriediť a napísať ti všetky dostupné správy,

aby si získal istotu, že to, o čom si sa dozvedel, je pravda.

Anjel sa zjaví Zachariášovi

Začnem tým, čo sa prihodilo židovskému kňazovi Zachariášovi, ktorý žil za vlády judského kráľa Herodesa. Zachariáš bol členom Abiášovej skupiny, jednej z dvadsiatich štyroch kňazských skupín, ktorých povinnosťou bolo dva razy do roka, vždy po celý týždeň, prisluhovať pri bohoslužbách v jeruzalemskom chráme. Jeho manželka Alžbeta pochádzala z kňazského rodu Áronovho.

Obaja boli úprimne zbožní a svedomito zachovávali všetky Božie príkazy a predpisy.

Boli to už starší ľudia a zostali bezdetní, lebo Alžbeta bola neplodná.

Jedného dňa šiel Zachariáš do chrámu, aby tam podľa pravidiel skupiny vykonal kňazskú povinnosť.

Tentoraz padol lós naňho, aby vstúpil do svätyne a tam na oltári pálil kadidlo.

10 Zatiaľ sa vonku zhromaždení ľudia modlili, ako bolo v tej hodine zvykom.

11 Zachariáš bol práve vo svätyni, keď sa mu ukázal Pánov anjel po pravej strane oltára.

12 Predesil sa,

13 ale Boží posol ho upokojoval: Neboj sa, Zachariáš! Prišiel som ti oznámiť, že Boh vypočul tvoju modlitbu. Tvoja manželka Alžbeta ti porodí syna, ktorému dáte meno Ján, čo znamená Boh je milostivý.

14 Obom vám spôsobí nesmiernu radosť a potešenie a mnohí budú vďační za to, že sa narodil.

15 Stane sa jedným z veľkých Božích mužov. Nedotkne sa nikdy vína ani iného opojného nápoja. Duch Svätý bude v ňom už od narodenia.

16 Mnohých spomedzi Židov privedie naspäť k Bohu, ich skutočnému Pánovi.

17 Duchovnou mocou a horlivosťou bude pripomínať proroka Eliáša. Zmieri otcov so synmi a spurným otvorí oči pre pravdu. Ako kráľovský posol pripraví ľudí na príchod Božieho vládcu."

18 Zachariáš namietol: To predsa nie je možné! Veď som už starý a ani moja žena nie je najmladšia."

19 Anjel mu odpovedal: Ja som Gabriel, anjel, ktorý stojí pred Bohom a má ti oznámiť túto radostnú správu.

20 No keďže si neuveril, budeš nemý, kým sa moje slová v určenom čase nenaplnia."

21 Ľudia vonku medzitým čakali na Zachariáša a čudovali sa, že tak dlho nejde.

22 Keď sa konečne ukázal, nemohol prehovoriť. Posunkami im dal najavo, že mal vo svätyni videnie.

23 Keď sa skončil týždeň jeho chrámovej služby, vrátil sa domov.

24 Onedlho nato Alžbeta otehotnela, ale tajila to pred ľuďmi až do piateho mesiaca.

25 Radovala sa: Boh sa nado mnou zľutoval a zbavil ma pohŕdania a neúcty ľudí."

Anjel predpovedá Márii Ježišovo narodenie

26 Asi pol roka po Zachariášovom videní poslal Boh anjela Gabriela do galilejského mestečka Nazareta

27 k dievčaťu, ktoré sa volalo Mária. Bola snúbenicou Jozefa, ktorý pochádzal z Dávidovho kráľovského rodu.

28 Anjel sa jej prihovoril: Raduj sa, Mária, lebo Boh si zo všetkých žien vyvolil práve teba na veľkú úlohu!"

29 Jeho slová ju znepokojili a nechápala ich zmysel.

30 Posol pokračoval: Neboj sa, Mária! Boh ťa chce nesmierne požehnať.

31 Narodí sa ti syn a dáš mu meno Ježiš, čo znamená Boh vyslobodzuje.

32 Nebude to obyčajný človek a bude sa volať Syn Najvyššieho.

33 Zasadne na Dávidov trón a bude nielen vládcom Izraela, ale založí kráľovstvo, ktoré sa nikdy neskončí."

34 Mária namietala: Ako sa mi môže narodiť dieťa? Veď nežijem s mužom!"

35 Anjel jej povedal: Sám Stvoriteľ prejaví na tebe svoju moc. Duch Svätý to spôsobí, a tak tvoje dieťa bude svätý Boží Syn.

36 Veď aj tvoja príbuzná Alžbeta, po celý život neplodná, bude mať vo svojej starobe syna. Už o tri mesiace sa jej narodí.

37 U Boha nie je nič nemožné."

38 Mária na to povedala: Chcem sa celkom odovzdať Bohu. Nech sa teda stane, ako si povedal." Potom anjel odišiel.

Mária navštívi Alžbetu

39 O niekoľko dní sa Mária vydala do mestečka v judských kopcoch, kde žil Zachariáš s Alžbetou.

40 Keď k nim vstúpila a pozdravila sa,

41 pocítila Alžbeta, ako sa jej dieťa živo pohlo. V tej chvíli Alžbetu prenikol Svätý Duch

42 a zvolala: Mária, Boh si ťa vyvolil spomedzi všetkých žien a tvoj syn bude veľkým darom pre ľudí.

43 Aká je to pre mňa česť, že ma navštívila matka môjho Pána.

44 Len čo som začula tvoj pozdrav, dieťatko vo mne od radosti poskočilo.

45 Si blahoslavená, lebo si uverila Božím sľubom. On ich všetky splní."

Máriin chválospev

46 Nato sa Mária začala modliť: Velebí moja duša Pána

47 a radujem sa v Bohu, vo svojom Spasiteľovi.

48 Mňa, bezvýznamné dievča, si všimol. Ľudia zo všetkých národov mi odteraz budú blahorečiť

49 pre veľké veci, ktoré Boh so mnou vykonal.

50 Je mocný a svätý a ustavične sa zľutováva nad tými, ktorí sa ho boja v ktoromkoľvek čase.

51 Vystiera svoju mocnú ruku, aby maril plány pyšných,

52 aby zosadzoval vládcov z trónu, pozdvihoval utláčaných,

53 sýtil hladných dobrými vecami a bohatých prepúšťal s prázdnymi rukami.

54 Ujíma sa svojho ľudu, Izraela,

55 lebo sľúbil našim otcom, Abrahámovi i jeho potomkom, že k nim bude naveky milosrdný."

56 Mária ostala s Alžbetou tri mesiace a potom sa vrátila domov.

Narodenie Jána Krstiteľa

57 Keď nastal čas, narodil sa Alžbete syn.

58 Všetci susedia a príbuzní sa radovali, že ju Boh tak obšťastnil.

59 Zišli sa na ôsmy deň, keď podľa zákona chlapcov obrezávali, a chceli mu dať meno po otcovi Zachariáš.

60 Ale Alžbeta povedala: Nie, bude sa volať Ján."

61 Namietali: Vo vašej rodine sa predsa nikto tak nevolal."

62 Tu sa obrátili na otca, aké mu chce dať meno.

63 Vypýtal si tabuľku a na prekvapenie všetkých napísal: Bude sa volať Ján."

64 V tej chvíli sa Zachariášovi opäť otvorili ústa a začal chváliť Boha.

65 Ohromení susedia pochopili, že sa tu deje čosi mimoriadne, a chýr o tom sa rozniesol po judských kopcoch.

66 Každý, kto o tom počul, spytoval sa vo svojom srdci: Čo len vyrastie z toho dieťaťa? Veď je očividné, že ho sprevádza Božia moc."

Zachariáš predpovedá Jánovo poslanie

67 Duch Svätý vnukol Zachariášovi tieto prorocké slová:

68 Chvála Pánu, Bohu Izraela, že prichádza svojmu ľudu na pomoc a vyslobodzuje ho.

69 Posiela nám mocného Záchrancu z rodu kráľa Dávida,

70 ktorého už dávno ohlasoval ústami svojich prorokov.

71 Ten nás vytrhne z rúk nepriateľov i z rúk tých, ktorí nás nenávidia.

72 Dnes sa Boh láskavo priznáva k našim otcom a svojej zmluve s nimi.

73 Veď sa zaviazal Abrahámovi,

74 že raz budeme slúžiť Bohu po celý život, zbavení útlaku a strachu,

75 očistení a poslušní.

76 A ty, syn môj, budeš prorokom Najvyššieho. Pripravíš cestu Božiemu Synovi:

77 Budeš hlásať ľudu, že ich prichádza zachrániť tak, že im odpustí všetky previnenia.

78 V ňom k nám prichádza Boh plný zľutovania a milosrdenstva. Slnko spásy už vychádza,

79 aby zažiarilo všetkým, ktorí žijú v tmách a v tôni smrti, a osvietilo nám cestu k zmiereniu s Bohom!"

80 Chlapec Ján sa vyvíjal dobre telesne aj duchovne. Neskôr odišiel na púšť, kde žil v ústraní až do chvíle, keď vystúpil so svojím posolstvom pred verejnosť.