New Living Translation

Luke 1


1Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us. They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples.[a] Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to write an accurate account for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught.

The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a member of the priestly order of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron. Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations. They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old.

One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week. As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense. 10 While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying.

11 While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar. 12 Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. 13 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John. 14 You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth.[b] 16 And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. 17 He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,[c] and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”

18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.”

19 Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news! 20 But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.”

21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah to come out of the sanctuary, wondering why he was taking so long. 22 When he finally did come out, he couldn’t speak to them. Then they realized from his gestures and his silence that he must have seen a vision in the sanctuary.

23 When Zechariah’s week of service in the Temple was over, he returned home. 24 Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and went into seclusion for five months. 25 “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.”

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings,[d] favored woman! The Lord is with you![e]

29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel[f] forever; his Kingdom will never end!”

34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.[g]

38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town 40 where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

42 Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. 43 Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? 44 When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45 You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”

The Magnificat: Mary’s Song of Praise

46 Mary responded,

“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
47     How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
    and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
49 For the Mighty One is holy,
    and he has done great things for me.
50 He shows mercy from generation to generation
    to all who fear him.
51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
    He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
52 He has brought down princes from their thrones
    and exalted the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    and sent the rich away with empty hands.
54 He has helped his servant Israel
    and remembered to be merciful.
55 For he made this promise to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and his children forever.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back to her own home.

The Birth of John the Baptist

57 When it was time for Elizabeth’s baby to be born, she gave birth to a son. 58 And when her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had been very merciful to her, everyone rejoiced with her.

59 When the baby was eight days old, they all came for the circumcision ceremony. They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father. 60 But Elizabeth said, “No! His name is John!”

61 “What?” they exclaimed. “There is no one in all your family by that name.” 62 So they used gestures to ask the baby’s father what he wanted to name him. 63 He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s surprise he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Instantly Zechariah could speak again, and he began praising God.

65 Awe fell upon the whole neighborhood, and the news of what had happened spread throughout the Judean hills. 66 Everyone who heard about it reflected on these events and asked, “What will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was surely upon him in a special way.

Zechariah’s Prophecy

67 Then his father, Zechariah, was filled with the Holy Spirit and gave this prophecy:

68 “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
    because he has visited and redeemed his people.
69 He has sent us a mighty Savior[h]
    from the royal line of his servant David,
70 just as he promised
    through his holy prophets long ago.
71 Now we will be saved from our enemies
    and from all who hate us.
72 He has been merciful to our ancestors
    by remembering his sacred covenant—
73 the covenant he swore with an oath
    to our ancestor Abraham.
74 We have been rescued from our enemies
    so we can serve God without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness
    for as long as we live.

76 “And you, my little son,
    will be called the prophet of the Most High,
    because you will prepare the way for the Lord.
77 You will tell his people how to find salvation
    through forgiveness of their sins.
78 Because of God’s tender mercy,
    the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,[i]
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    and to guide us to the path of peace.”

80 John grew up and became strong in spirit. And he lived in the wilderness until he began his public ministry to Israel.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:2 Greek from those who from the beginning were servants of the word.
  2. 1:15 Or even from birth.
  3. 1:17 See Mal 4:5-6.
  4. 1:28a Or Rejoice.
  5. 1:28b Some manuscripts add Blessed are you among women.
  6. 1:33 Greek over the house of Jacob.
  7. 1:37 Some manuscripts read For nothing is impossible with God.
  8. 1:69 Greek has raised up a horn of salvation for us.
  9. 1:78 Or the Morning Light from Heaven is about to visit us.

Knijga O Kristu

Evanđelje po Luki 1

prema predaji prvih učenika i drugih očevidaca.[a]

Odlučio sam stoga i ja, vrli Teofile, tebi napisati sve po redu, pošto sam sve od početka pomno ispitao,

da se tako osvjedočiš u pouzdanost učenja koje si primio.

Navještenje rođenja Ivana Krstitelja

Za 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.

Oboje su bili pravedni pred Bogom jer su besprijekorno bili poslušni svim zapovijedima i odredbama Gospodnjim.

Nisu imali djece jer je Elizabeta bila nerotkinja, a oboje su već bili u poodmakloj dobi.

Jednoga je dana Zaharija služio Bogu u Hramu jer je na dužnosti bio njegov red.

Prema svećeničkome običaju ždrijebom ga zapadne da uđe u Svetište Gospodnje i da prinese k

10 Za vrijeme kađenja sve se mnoštvo naroda vani molilo.

11 A Zahariji se ukaže Božji anđeo. Stajao je s desne strane kadionog žrtvenika.

12 Kad ga ugleda, Zaharija se veoma prestraši.

13 Ali anđeo mu reče: 'Ne boj se, Zaharija! Jer uslišana ti je molitva: tvoja će ti žena Elizabeta roditi sina. Nadjenut ćeš mu ime Ivan.

14 Bit ćeš radostan i veseo, i mnogi će se veseliti njegovu rođenju.

15 Bit će on doista velik u očima Gospodnjim. Neće piti vina ni drugoga opojnog pića. Bit će ispunjen Svetim Duhom još od majčine utrobe.

16 Navest će mnoge židove da se obrate Gospodinu, svojemu Bogu.

17 Ići 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.'

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

19 Anđeo mu odgovori: 'Ja sam Gabrijel, koji stojim pred samim Bogom. Poslan sam da govorim s tobom i da ti donesem radosnu vijest.

20 A sada ćeš zanijemiti i nećeš moći govoriti do dana kada za to dođe vrijeme i moje se riječi ispune zato što im nisi povjerovao.

21 Narod je za to vrijeme čekao Zahariju i čudio se što se on toliko zadržao u Svetištu.

22 Kad 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.

23 Ostao je u Hramu dok nisu istekli dani njegove službe, a zatim se vratio doma.

24 Ubrzo 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

26 Nakon šest mjeseci Bog pošalje anđela Gabrijela u galilejski grad Nazaret

27 k djevici Mariji, zaručenoj za čovjeka imenom Josip, iz Davidove loze.

28 Gabrijel joj se ukazao i rekao: 'Zdravo, milosti puna! Gospodin s tobom!'

29 Nato 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.

31 Zanijet ćeš i roditi sina. Nadjenut ćeš mu ime Isus.

32 On će biti vrlo velik i zvat će se Sin Svevišnjega. Gospodin Bog dat će mu prijestolje njegova pretka Davida.

33 Vladat će Izraelom[b] zauvijek; njegovu kraljevstvu neće biti kraja.'

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

35 Anđeo joj odgovori: 'Sveti Duh će sići na tebe i sila Svevišnjega će te zakriliti. Zato će dijete koje rodiš biti sveto, Božji Sin.

36 Eto, tvoja je sestrična Elizabeta u starosti začela sina. Zvali su ju nerotkinjom, a trudna je već šest mjeseci.

37 Jer Bogu nije ništa nemoguće!'

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

Marija posjećuje Elizabetu

39 Nekoliko dana poslije Marija požuri u gorski predjel Judeje,

40 k Zahariji. Uđe u kuću i pozdravi Elizabetu.

41 Na Marijin pozdrav Elizabeti poskoči dijete u utrobi, a ona se napuni Svetim Duhom

42 te glasno poviče: 'Najblagoslovljenija si od svih žena i blagoslovljen je plod tvoje utrobe!

43 Kakve li časti da me posjeti majka mojega Gospodina!

44 Jer onog časa kad je tvoj pozdrav dopro do mojih ušiju, na tvoj je glas čedo u meni poskočilo od radosti!

45 Blago tebi jer si povjerovala da će se ispuniti što ti je rekao Gospodin!'

Marijin hvalospjev

46 Marija tada reče:
    'Slavi duša moja Gospodina!
47     Duh se moj raduje u Bogu, mojemu Spasitelju!
48     Spomenuo se milostivo svoje neznatne sluškinje! Svi će me naraštaji odsad nazivati blaženom
49     jer mi je Svesilni, čije je ime sveto, učinio velika djela.
50     Njegova je milost od naraštaja do naraštaja nad onima koji ga štuju.
51     Moćnom rukom čini silna djela, rastjeruje ohole i umišljene.
52     Zbacio je s prijestolja vladare, a uzvisio neznatne.
53     Gladne je nasitio dobrima, a bogataše otpustio praznih ruku.
54     Priskočio je u pomoć svojemu sluzi Izraelu sjećajući se milosti
55     koju je obećao našim precima: da će Abrahamu i njegovim potomcima uvijek biti milostiv.'

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

Rođenje Ivana KRSTITELJA

57 Elizabeti je došlo vrijeme da rodi te ona rodi sina.

58 Kad se među njezinim susjedima i rodbinom pročulo da joj je Bog iskazao veliku milost, veselili su se skupa s njom.

59 Kad je dijete navršilo osam dana, okupe se na obredu obrezanja. Htjeli su dječaka nazvati Zaharijom po ocu,

60 ali se Elizabeta usprotivi: 'Nipošto! Mora se zvati Ivan!'

61 'Pa u cijeloj se tvojoj obitelji nitko tako ne zove!'

62 Zato znacima upitaju dječakova oca kako ga želi nazvati.

63 On zatraži da mu daju pločicu i napiše: 'Zove se Ivan.' Svi se začude,

64 a Zahariji se odriješi jezik te on smjesta progovori i počne slaviti Boga.

65 Strah Božji obuzme sve žitelje toga kraja. Po cijelome judejskom gorju prepričavali su se ti događaji.

66 I 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

67 Tada njegova oca Zahariju ispuni Sveti Duh te on izrekne proročanstvo:
68     'Slava Gospodinu Bogu Izraelovu jer je pohodio svoj narod i otkupio ga!
69     Podiže nam silnog Spasitelja iz potomstva svojega sluge Davida,
70     kao što je od davnine obećao kroz riječi svojih svetih proroka:
71     spasiti nas od neprijatelja i od ruku svih naših mrzitelja.
72     Bio je milosrdan našim precima i spomenuo se svojega svetog Saveza,
73     zavjeta koji je dao našemu ocu Abrahamu.
74     Izbavio nas je od neprijatelja da mu možemo služiti bez straha
75     u svetosti i pravednosti u sve svoje dane.
76     A ti ćeš se, sine moj, zvati prorokom Svevišnjega jer ćeš ići ispred Gospodina da mu pripraviš put.
77     Poučit ćeš njegov narod kako da spozna spasenje kroz oproštenje svojih grijeha,
78     po milosrdnom srcu našega Boga po kojemu će nas pohoditi zora s visine
79     da donese svjetlo onima koji prebivaju u tmini i u smrtnoj sjeni te da naše korake povede putem mira.'

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

Notas al pie

  1. Evanđelje po Luki 1:2 U grčkome: onih koji su od početka bili očevici i sluge Riječi.
  2. Evanđelje po Luki 1:33 U grčkome: domom Jakovljevim