1Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 2Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 3It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 4That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
5¶ There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judæa, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. 8And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, 9According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 11And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. 16And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. 18And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. 21And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. 22And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. 23And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. 24And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 25Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. 26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. 39And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; 40And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. 41And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. 46And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 50And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 55As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. 56And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house. 57Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. 58And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. 59And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. 60And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. 61And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. 62And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. 63And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. 64And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. 65And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judæa. 66And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him. 67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 69And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; 70As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 71That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 73The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, 74That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. 76And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 77To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, 78Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, 79To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 80And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.
1Mutane da yawa sun ɗau niyyar rubuta labarin abubuwan da aka cika a cikinmu, 2kamar yadda muka karɓe su daga waɗanda tun farko shaidu ne da kuma masu hidimar bishara. 3Saboda haka, da yake ni da kaina na binciko kome a hankali daga farko, na ga ya yi kyau in rubuta maka labarin dalla-dalla, ya mafifici Tiyofilus, 4don ka san tabbacin abubuwan da aka koyar da kai.
An yi faɗar haihuwar Yohanna Mai Baftisma
5A lokacin da Hiridus ne yake sarautar Yahudiya, an yi wani firist mai suna Zakariya, na sashin firistoci gidan Abiya. Matarsa Elizabet ma ’yar zuriyar Haruna ce. 6Dukansu biyu kuwa masu adalci ne a gaban Allah, suna kuma bin umarnan Ubangiji da farillansa duka da halin rashin zargi. 7Sai dai ba su da ’ya’ya, domin Elizabet bakararriya ce; kuma dukansu biyu sun tsufa.
8Wata rana da lokacin aikin firistoci na sashen Zakariya na yin hidima ya kewayo, yana kuma cikin hidimarsa ta firist a gaban Allah, 9sai aka zaɓe shi ta wurin ƙuri’a, bisa ga al’adar aikin firist, yă shiga haikalin Ubangiji yă ƙone turare. 10Da lokacin ƙone turare ya yi, duk taron masu sujada suna a waje suna addu’a.
11Sai mala’ikan Ubangiji ya bayyana gare shi, tsaye a dama da bagaden turare. 12Da Zakariya ya gan shi sai ya firgita, tsoro kuma ya kama shi. 13Amma mala’ikan ya ce masa, “Kada ka ji tsoro, Zakariya; an ji addu’arka. Matarka Elizabet za tă haifa maka ɗa, za ka kuma ba shi suna Yohanna. 14Zai zama abin murna da farin ciki a gare ka, mutane da yawa kuwa za su yi murna don haihuwarsa, 15gama zai zama mai girma a gaban Ubangiji. Ba kuwa zai taɓa shan ruwan inabi ko wani abu mai sa maye ba. Zai cika da Ruhu Mai Tsarki tun haihuwa. 16Shi ne zai juye mutanen Isra’ila da yawa zuwa wurin Ubangiji Allahnsu. 17Zai sha gaban Ubangiji, a ruhu da kuma iko irin na Iliya, domin yă juye zukatan iyaye ga ’ya’yansu, marasa biyayya kuma ga zama masu biyayya don yă kintsa mutane su zama shiryayyu domin Ubangiji.”
18Sai Zakariya ya tambayi mala’ikan ya ce, “Yaya zan tabbatar da wannan? Ga ni tsoho, matana kuma ta kwana biyu.”
19Mala’ikan ya ce, “Ni ne Jibra’ilu. Ina tsaya a gaban Allah, an kuma aiko ni in yi maka magana, in kuma faɗa maka wannan labari mai daɗi. 20Yanzu za ka zama bebe, ba za ka ƙara iya magana ba sai ranar da wannan magana ta cika, saboda ba ka gaskata da kalmomina waɗanda za su zama gaskiya a daidai lokacinsu ba.”
21Ana cikin haka, mutane suna jiran Zakariya, suna kuma mamaki me ya sa ya daɗe haka a cikin haikali. 22Da ya fito, bai iya yin musu magana ba. Sai suka gane, ya ga wahayi ne a haikali, domin ya dinga yin musu alamu, amma ya kāsa yin magana.
23Da lokacin hidimarsa ya cika, sai ya koma gida. 24Bayan wannan, matarsa Elizabet ta yi ciki, ta kuma riƙa ɓuya har wata biyar. 25Sai ta ce, “Ubangiji ne ya yi mini wannan. A waɗannan kwanaki ya nuna tagomashinsa ya kuma kawar mini da kunya a cikin mutane.”
Annabcin haihuwar Yesu
26A wata na shida, sai Allah ya aiki mala’ika Jibra’ilu zuwa Nazaret, wani gari a Galili, 27gun wata budurwar da aka yi alkawarin aurenta ga wani mutum mai suna Yusuf daga zuriyar Dawuda. Sunan budurwar Maryamu. 28Mala’ikan ya je wurinta ya ce, “A gaishe ki, ya ke da kika sami tagomashi ƙwarai! Ubangiji yana tare da ke.”
29Maryamu ta damu ƙwarai da kalmominsa, tana tunani wace irin gaisuwa ce haka? 30Amma mala’ikan ya ce mata, “Kada ki ji tsoro, Maryamu, kin sami tagomashi a wurin Allah. 31Ga shi za ki yi ciki ki kuma haifi ɗa, za ki kuma ba shi suna Yesu. 32Zai zama mai girma, za a kuma kira shi Ɗan Maɗaukaki. Ubangiji Allah zai ba shi gadon sarautar kakansa Dawuda, 33zai yi mulkin gidan Yaƙub har abada, mulkinsa kuma ba zai taɓa ƙare ba.”
34Maryamu ta tambayi mala’ikan ta ce, “Yaya wannan zai yiwu, da yake ni budurwa ce?”
35Mala’ikan ya amsa ya ce, “Ruhu Mai Tsarki zai sauko miki, ikon Maɗaukaki kuma zai rufe ke. Saboda haka, Mai Tsarkin nan da za a haifa, za a kira shi1.35 Ko kuwa Saboda haka, yaron da za a haifa za a kira shi mai tsarki Ɗan Allah. 36’Yar’uwarki Elizabet ma za tă haifi ɗa a tsufanta, ita da aka ce bakararriya, ga shi tana a watanta na shida. 37Gama ba abin da zai gagari Allah.”
38Maryamu ta amsa ta ce, “To, ni baiwar Allah ce, bari yă zama mini kamar yadda ka faɗa.” Sai mala’ikan ya tafi abinsa.
Maryamu ta ziyarci Elizabet
39A lokacin sai Maryamu ta shirya ta gaggauta zuwa wani gari a ƙasar tudu ta Yahudiya, 40inda ta shiga gidan Zakariya ta kuma gai da Elizabet. 41Da Elizabet ta ji gaisuwar Maryamu, sai jaririn da yake a cikinta ya yi motsi. Elizabet kuma ta cika da Ruhu Mai Tsarki. 42Sai ta ɗaga murya da ƙarfi ta ce, “Ke mai albarka ce a cikin mata. Mai albarka ne kuma ɗan da za ki haifa! 43Me ya sa na sami wannan tagomashi har da mahaifiyar Ubangijina za tă zo wurina? 44Da jin gaisuwarki, sai jaririn da yake cikina ya yi motsi don murna. 45Mai albarka ce wadda ta gaskata cewa abin da Ubangiji ya faɗa mata zai cika!”
46Sai Maryamu ta ce,
“Raina yana ɗaukaka Ubangiji
47ruhuna kuma yana farin ciki da Allah Mai Cetona,
48gama ya lura da ƙasƙancin baiwarsa.
Daga yanzu nan gaba dukan zamanai za su ce da ni mai albarka,
49gama Mai Iko Duka ya yi mini manyan abubuwa,
sunansa labudda Mai Tsarki ne.
50Jinƙansa ya kai ga masu tsoronsa,
daga zamani zuwa zamani.
51Ya aikata manyan ayyuka da hannunsa;
ya watsar da waɗanda suke masu girman kai a zurfin tunaninsu.
52Ya saukar da masu mulki daga gadajen sarautarsu
amma ya ɗaukaka ƙasƙantattu.
53Ya ƙosar da masu yunwa da kyawawan abubuwa
amma ya sallami mawadata hannu wofi.
54Ya taimaki bawansa Isra’ila,
yana tunawa yă nuna jinƙai
55ga Ibrahim da zuriyarsa har abada,
kamar yadda ya faɗa wa kakanninmu.”
56Maryamu ta zauna da Elizabet kusan wata uku sa’an nan ta koma gida.
Haihuwar Yohanna Mai Baftisma
57Sa’ad da kwanaki suka yi don Elizabet ta haihu, sai ta haifi ɗa. 58Maƙwabtanta da ’yan’uwanta suka ji cewa Ubangiji ya nuna mata jinƙai mai yawa, suka kuma taya ta farin ciki.
59A rana ta takwas, sai suka zo don a yi wa yaron kaciya, dā za su sa masa sunan mahaifinsa Zakariya ne, 60amma mahaifiyar yaron ta ce, “A’a! Za a ce da shi Yohanna.”
61Sai suka ce mata, “Ba wani a cikin danginku mai wannan suna.”
62Sai suka yi alamu wa mahaifinsa, don su san sunan da zai su a kira yaron. 63Ya yi alama a kawo masa allo, a gaban kowa sai ya rubuta, “Sunansa Yohanna.” Dukan mutane kuwa suka yi mamaki. 64Nan da nan bakinsa ya buɗe harshensa kuma ya saku, sai ya fara magana yana yabon Allah. 65Maƙwabta duk suka cika da tsoro, mutane kuwa suka yi ta yin magana game da dukan waɗannan abubuwa a ko’ina a cikin ƙasar tudu ta Yahudiya. 66Duk waɗanda suka ji wannan kuwa sun yi mamaki suna cewa, “To, me yaron nan zai zama?” Gama hannun Ubangiji yana tare da shi.
67Mahaifinsa Zakariya ya cika da Ruhu Mai Tsarki sai ya yi annabci ya ce,
68“Yabo ya tabbata ga Ubangiji, Allah na Isra’ila,
domin ya zo ya kuma fanshe mutanensa.
69Ya tā mana ƙahon ceto
a gidan bawansa Dawuda
70(yadda ya yi magana tun tuni ta wurin annabawansa masu tsarki),
71cewa zai cece mu daga abokan gābanmu
daga kuma hannun dukan waɗanda suke ƙinmu
72don yă nuna jinƙai ga kakanninmu,
yă kuma tuna da alkawarinsa mai tsarki,
73rantsuwar da ya yi wa mahaifinmu Ibrahim,
74don yă kuɓutar da mu daga hannun abokan gābanmu,
yă kuma sa mu iya yin masa hidima babu tsoro,
75cikin tsarki da adalci a gabansa dukan kwanakinmu.
76“Kai kuma, ɗana, za a ce da kai annabin Maɗaukaki;
gama za ka sha gaban Ubangiji don ka shirya masa hanya,
77don ka sanar da mutanensa ceto,
ta wurin gafarar zunubansu,
78saboda jinƙai na Allahnmu mai ƙauna,
hasken nan na ceto zai ɓullo mana daga sama,
79don yă haskaka a kan waɗanda suke zama cikin duhu,
da kuma cikin inuwar mutuwa,
don yă bi da ƙafafunmu a hanyar salama.”
80Yaron kuwa ya yi girma ya kuma ƙarfafa a ruhu; ya zauna a hamada sai lokacin da ya fito a fili ga mutanen Isra’ila.