1፥1-4 ተጓ ምብ – ሐሥ 1፥1
1በእኛ መካከል ስለ ተፈጸሙት1፥1 በርግጥ ስለ ታመኑት ነገሮች ብዙዎች ታሪኩን የተቻላቸውን ያህል ጽፈውት ይገኛል፤ 2ይህም ታሪክ ከመጀመሪያው አንሥቶ የዐይን ምስክሮችና የቃሉ አገልጋዮች የነበሩት ያስተላለፉልን ነው። 3ክቡር ቴዎፍሎስ ሆይ፤ እኔም በበኩሌ ሁሉን ከመሠረቱ በጥንቃቄ ከመረመርሁ በኋላ፣ ታሪኩን ቅደም ተከተሉን በጠበቀ ሁኔታ ልጽፍልህ መልካም ሆኖ ታየኝ፤ 4ይህንም የማደርገው የተማርኸው ነገር እውነተኛ መሆኑን እንድታውቅ ነው።
የመጥምቁ ዮሐንስ መወለድ አስቀድሞ ተነገረ
5በይሁዳ ንጉሥ በሄሮድስ ዘመን፣ ከአብያ የክህነት ምድብ የሆነ ዘካርያስ የሚባል አንድ ካህን ነበረ፤ ሚስቱ ኤልሳቤጥም ከአሮን ነገድ ነበረች። 6ሁለቱም የጌታን ትእዛዝና ሥርዐት ሁሉ ጠብቀው ያለ ነቀፋ የሚኖሩ፣ በእግዚአብሔር ፊት ጻድቃን ነበሩ፤ 7ይሁን እንጂ ኤልሳቤጥ መካን በመሆኗ ልጅ አልነበራቸውም፤ ሁለቱም በዕድሜ የገፉ ነበሩ።
8አንድ ቀን ዘካርያስ በምድቡ ተራ፣ በእግዚአብሔር ፊት በክህነት በሚያገለግልበት ጊዜ፣ 9በሥርዐተ ክህነቱ መሠረት፣ ወደ ጌታ ቤተ መቅደስ ገብቶ ለማጠን በዕጣ ተመረጠ። 10ዕጣን በሚታጠንበትም ጊዜ ሕዝቡ ሁሉ በውጭ ሆኖ ይጸልይ ነበር።
11የጌታም መልአክ ከዕጣን መሠዊያው በስተ ቀኝ ቆሞ ታየው። 12ዘካርያስም ባየው ጊዜ ደነገጠ፤ በፍርሀትም ተዋጠ። 13መልአኩ ግን እንዲህ አለው፤ “ዘካርያስ ሆይ፤ አትፍራ፤ ጸሎትህ ተሰምቷል፤ ሚስትህ ኤልሳቤጥ ወንድ ልጅ ትወልድልሃለች፤ ስሙንም ዮሐንስ ትለዋለህ። 14በእርሱ ተድላና ደስታ ታገኛለህ፤ ብዙዎችም እርሱ በመወለዱ ደስ ይላቸዋል፤ 15በጌታ ፊት ታላቅ ይሆናልና። የወይን ጠጅም ሆነ ሌላ የሚያሰክር መጠጥ አይጠጣም፤ በእናቱም ማሕፀን ሳለ በመንፈስ ቅዱስ ይሞላል። 16ከእስራኤልም ሰዎች ብዙዎቹን ወደ ጌታ ወደ አምላካቸው ይመልሳቸዋል፤ 17የአባቶችን ልብ ወደ ልጆቻቸው፣ የማይታዘዙትንም ወደ ጻድቃን ጥበብ ይመልስ ዘንድ፣ ለጌታ የተገባ ሕዝብ ለማዘጋጀት በኤልያስ መንፈስና ኀይል በጌታ ፊት ይሄዳል።”
18ዘካርያስም መልአኩን፣ “ይህን በምን ዐውቃለሁ? እኔ ሽማግሌ ነኝ፤ ሚስቴም በዕድሜ ገፍታለች” አለው።
19መልአኩም መልሶ እንዲህ አለው፤ “እኔ በእግዚአብሔር ፊት የምቆመው ገብርኤል ነኝ፤ ይህን እነግርህና ይህን የምሥራች አመጣልህ ዘንድ ተልኬአለሁ፤ 20እነሆ፤ ጊዜውን ጠብቆ የሚፈጸመውን ቃሌን ስላላመንህ፣ ይህም እስከሚፈጸምበት ቀን ድረስ ድዳ ትሆናለህ፤ መናገርም አትችልም።”
21በዚህ ጊዜ ሕዝቡ ዘካርያስ ከቤተ መቅደሱ ሳይወጣ ለምን እንደ ዘገየ በመገረም ይጠባበቅ ነበር። 22ከወጣ በኋላም ሊያናግራቸው አልቻለም፤ በምልክት ከመጥቀስ በስተቀር መናገር ባለ መቻሉ በቤተ መቅደስ ውስጥ ራእይ እንዳየ ተገነዘቡ።
23ዘካርያስም የአገልግሎቱ ወቅት በተፈጸመ ጊዜ ወደ ቤቱ ተመለሰ። 24ከዚህ በኋላ ሚስቱ ኤልሳቤጥ ፀነሰች፤ አምስት ወራትም ራሷን ሰወረች፤ 25እርሷም፣ “ጌታ በምሕረቱ ነቀፌታዬን ከሰው መካከል ሊያስወግድልኝ ተመልክቶ በዚህ ጊዜ ይህን አድርጎልኛል” አለች።
የኢየሱስ መወለድ አስቀድሞ ተነገረ
26በስድስተኛው ወር፣ እግዚአብሔር መልአኩ ገብርኤልን በገሊላ ወደምትገኘው ወደ ናዝሬት ከተማ ላከው፤ 27የተላከውም ከዳዊት ዘር ለሆነ ዮሴፍ ለሚባል ሰው ወደ ታጨች ወደ አንዲት ድንግል ነበር፤ የድንግሊቱም ስም ማርያም ነበረ። 28መልአኩም እርሷ ወዳለችበት ገብቶ፣ “እጅግ የተወደድሽ ሆይ፤ ሰላም ለአንቺ ይሁን፤ ጌታ ከአንቺ ጋር ነው፤ አንቺ የተባረክሽ ነሽ” አላት።
29ማርያምም በንግግሩ እጅግ በጣም ደንግጣ፣ “ይህ ምን ዐይነት ሰላምታ ይሆን?” እያለች ነገሩን ታሰላስል ጀመር፤ 30መልአኩም እንዲህ አላት፤ “ማርያም ሆይ፤ በእግዚአብሔር ዘንድ ሞገስ አግኝተሻልና አትፍሪ። 31እነሆ፤ ትፀንሻለሽ፤ ወንድ ልጅም ትወልጃለሽ፤ ስሙንም ኢየሱስ ትዪዋለሽ። 32እርሱም ታላቅ ይሆናል፤ የልዑል ልጅም ይባላል፤ ጌታ አምላክ የአባቱን የዳዊትን ዙፋን ይሰጠዋል፤ 33በያዕቆብም ቤት ላይ ለዘላለም ይነግሣል፤ ለመንግሥቱም ፍጻሜ የለውም።”
34ማርያምም መልአኩን፣ “እኔ ወንድ ስለማላውቅ ይህ እንዴት ሊሆን ይችላል?” አለችው።
35መልአኩም መልሶ እንዲህ አላት፤ “መንፈስ ቅዱስ በአንቺ ላይ ይመጣል፤ የልዑልም ኀይል ይጸልልሻል፤ ስለዚህ የሚወለደው ቅዱሱ ሕፃን፣ የእግዚአብሔር ልጅ ይባላል። 36እነሆ፤ ዘመድሽ ኤልሳቤጥም በስተ እርጅናዋ ወንድ ልጅ ፀንሳለች፤ መካን የተባለችውም ስድስተኛ ወሯን ይዛለች፤ 37ለእግዚአብሔር የሚሳነው ነገር የለምና።”
38ማርያምም፣ “እነሆ፤ እኔ የጌታ ባሪያ ነኝ፤ እንደ ቃልህ ይሁንልኝ” አለች። ከዚያም መልአኩ ተለይቷት ሄደ።
ማርያም ኤልሳቤጥን ጥየቃ ሄደች
39ማርያምም በዚያው ሰሞን በፍጥነት ተነሥታ ወደ ደጋው አገር፣ ወደ አንድ የይሁዳ ከተማ ሄደች፤ 40ወደ ዘካርያስ ቤትም ገብታ ለኤልሳቤጥ ሰላምታ አቀረበች። 41ኤልሳቤጥም የማርያምን ሰላምታ በሰማች ጊዜ፣ ፅንሱ በማሕፀኗ ውስጥ ዘለለ፤ ኤልሳቤጥም በመንፈስ ቅዱስ ተሞላች፤ 42ድምፅዋን ከፍ አድርጋ እንዲህ አለች፤ “አንቺ ከሴቶች መካከል የተባረክሽ ነሽ፤ የማሕፀንሽም ፍሬ የተባረከ ነው። 43ለመሆኑ የጌታዬ እናት ወደ እኔ ትመጣ ዘንድ እኔ ማን ነኝ? 44እነሆ፤ የሰላምታሽ ድምፅ ጆሮዬ እንደ ገባ፣ በማሕፀኔ ያለው ፅንስ በደስታ ዘሏልና። 45ጌታ ይፈጸማል ብሎ የነገራትን ያመነች እርሷ የተባረከች ናት!”
46ማርያምም እንዲህ አለች፤
“ነፍሴ ጌታን ከፍ ከፍ ታደርገዋለች፤
47መንፈሴም በመድኀኒቴ በእግዚአብሔር ደስ ትሰኛለች፤
48እርሱ የባሪያውን መዋረድ ተመልክቷልና።
ከዛሬ ጀምሮ ትውልድ ሁሉ
49ኀያል የሆነው እርሱ ታላቅ
ነገር አድርጎልኛልና፤ ስሙም ቅዱስ ነው፤
50ምሕረቱም ለሚፈሩት ከትውልድ
እስከ ትውልድ ይኖራል።
51በክንዱ ብርቱ ሥራ ሠርቷል፤
በልባቸው ሐሳብ የሚታበዩትን በትኗቸዋል፤
52ገዦችን ከዙፋናቸው አውርዷቸዋል፤
ትሑታንን ግን ከፍ ከፍ አድርጓቸዋል፤
53የተራቡትን በበጎ ነገር አጥግቧቸዋል፤
ሀብታሞችን ግን ባዷቸውን ሰድዷቸዋል፤
54ምሕረቱን በማስታወስ፣ ባሪያውን
55ይህም ለአባቶቻችን እንደ ተናገረ፣
ለአብርሃምና ለዘሩ ያለውን ለዘላለም ለመጠበቅ ነው።”
56ማርያምም ሦስት ወር ያህል ኤልሳቤጥ ዘንድ ከቈየች በኋላ ወደ ቤቷ ተመለሰች።
የመጥምቁ ዮሐንስ መወለድ
57የኤልሳቤጥም የመውለጃዋ ቀን ደረሰ፤ ወንድ ልጅም ወለደች። 58ጎረቤቶቿና ዘመዶቿም ጌታ ታላቅ ምሕረት እንዳደረገላት ሰሙ፤ የደስታዋም ተካፋዮች ሆኑ።
59በስምንተኛውም ቀን ሕፃኑን ሊገርዙት መጡ፤ በአባቱም ስም ዘካርያስ ሊሉት ፈለጉ፤ 60እናቱ ግን፣ “አይሆንም፤ ዮሐንስ መባል አለበት” አለች።
61እነርሱም፣ “ከዘመዶችሽ በዚህ ስም የተጠራ ማንም የለም” አሏት።
62አባቱንም ምን ስም ሊያወጣለት እንደሚፈልግ በምልክት ጠየቁት። 63እርሱም መጻፊያ ሰሌዳ እንዲሰጡት ለምኖ፣ “ስሙ ዮሐንስ ነው” ብሎ ጻፈ፤ ሁሉም በነገሩ ተደነቁ። 64ወዲያውም አፉ ተከፈተ፤ አንደበቱ ተፈታ፤ እግዚአብሔርንም እያመሰገነ መናገር ጀመረ። 65ጎረቤቶቹም ሁሉ በፍርሀት ተሞሉ፤ ይህም ሁሉ ነገር በደጋማው የይሁዳ ምድር ሁሉ ተወራ። 66ይህንም የሰሙ ሁሉ፣ “ይህ ሕፃን ምን ሊሆን ይሆን?” እያሉ ነገሩን በልባቸው ያዙ፤ የጌታ እጅ በርግጥ ከእርሱ ጋር ነበርና።
67የሕፃኑም አባት ዘካርያስ በመንፈስ ቅዱስ ተሞልቶ እንዲህ ሲል ትንቢት ተናገረ፤
68“የእስራኤል አምላክ፣ ጌታ ይመስገን፤
መጥቶ ሕዝቡን ተቤዥቷልና።
69በባሪያው በዳዊት ቤት፣
የድነት ቀንድ1፥69 ቀንድ በዚህ ስፍራ ብርታትን በትእምርትነት ያሳያል። አስነሥቶልናል፤
70ይህም ጥንት በቅዱሳን ነቢያቱ አፍ እንደ ተናገረው፣
ከተፃራሪዎቻችን ሁሉ እጅ ነው፤
72ይህንም ያደረገው ለአባቶቻችን ምሕረቱን ለማሳየት፣
ቅዱስ ኪዳኑን ለማስታወስ፣
73ለአባታችን ለአብርሃም የማለውን መሐላ ለማሰብ፣
74ከጠላቶቻችን እጅ አውጥቶ፣
ያለ ፍርሀት እንድናገለግለው፣
75በዘመናችንም ሁሉ በቅድስናና በጽድቅ በፊቱ ሊያቆመን ነው።
76“ደግሞም አንተ ሕፃን ሆይ፤ የልዑል ነቢይ ትባላለህ፤
የጌታን መንገድ ለማዘጋጀት በፊቱ ትሄዳለህና፤
77የኀጢአታቸውን ስርየት ከማግኘታቸው የተነሣ፤
ለሕዝቡ የመዳንን ዕውቀት ትሰጥ ዘንድ፣
78ከአምላካችንም በጎ ምሕረት የተነሣ፣
የንጋት ፀሓይ ከሰማይ ወጣችልን፤
79ይኸውም በጨለማ ለሚኖሩት፣
በሞት ጥላ ውስጥም ላሉት እንዲያበራና፣
እግሮቻችንንም ወደ ሰላም መንገድ እንዲመራ ነው።”
80ሕፃኑም አደገ፤ በመንፈስም ጠነከረ፤ ለእስራኤልም ሕዝብ በይፋ እስከ ታየበት ቀን ድረስ በበረሓ ኖረ።
Luke Writes an Orderly Report
1Many people have attempted to write about the things that have taken place among us. 2Reports of these things were handed down to us. There were people who saw these things for themselves from the beginning. They saw them and then passed the word on. 3With this in mind, I myself have carefully looked into everything from the beginning. So I also decided to write down an orderly report of exactly what happened. I am doing this for you, most excellent Theophilus. 4I want you to know that the things you have been taught are true.
The Coming Birth of John the Baptist
5Herod was king of Judea. During the time he was ruling, there was a priest named Zechariah. He belonged to a group of priests named after Abijah. His wife Elizabeth also came from the family line of Aaron. 6Both of them did what was right in the sight of God. They obeyed all the Lord’s commands and rules faithfully. 7But they had no children, because Elizabeth was not able to have any. And they were both very old.
8One day Zechariah’s group was on duty. He was serving as a priest in God’s temple. 9He happened to be chosen, in the usual way, to go into the temple of the Lord. There he was supposed to burn incense. 10The time came for this to be done. All who had gathered to worship were praying outside.
11Then an angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah. The angel was standing at the right side of the incense altar. 12When Zechariah saw him, he was amazed and terrified. 13But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah. Your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will have a child. It will be a boy, and you must call him John. 14He will be a joy and delight to you. His birth will make many people very glad. 15He will be important in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or other such drinks. 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 prepare the way for the Lord. He will have the same spirit and power that Elijah had. He will bring peace between parents and their children. He will teach people who don’t obey to be wise and do what is right. In this way, he will prepare a people who are ready for the Lord.”
18Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man, and my wife is old too.”
19The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I serve God. I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20And now you will have to be silent. You will not be able to speak until after John is born. That’s because you did not believe my words. They will come true at the time God has chosen.”
21During that time, the people were waiting for Zechariah to come out of the temple. They wondered why he stayed there so long. 22When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple. They knew this because he kept gesturing to them. He still could not speak.
23When his time of service was over, he returned home. 24After that, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant. She stayed at home for five months. 25“The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days, he has been kind to me. He has taken away my shame among the people.”
The Coming Birth of Jesus
26In the sixth month after Elizabeth had become pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee. 27He was sent to a virgin. The girl was engaged to a man named Joseph. He came from the family line of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel greeted her and said, “The Lord has blessed you in a special way. He is with you.”
29Mary was very upset because of his words. She wondered what kind of greeting this could be. 30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary. God is very pleased with you. 31You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must call him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king like his father David of long ago. 33The Son of the Most High God will rule forever over his people. They are from the family line of Jacob. That kingdom will never end.”
34“How can this happen?” Mary asked the angel. “I am a virgin.”
35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come to you. The power of the Most High God will cover you. So the holy one that is born will be called the Son of God. 36Your relative Elizabeth will have a child even though she is old. People thought she could not have children. But she has been pregnant for six months now. 37That’s because what God says will always come true.”
38“I serve the Lord,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me just as you said it would.” Then the angel left her.
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in Judea’s hill country. 40There she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby inside her jumped. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she called out, “God has blessed you more than other women. And blessed is the child you will have! 43But why is God so kind to me? Why has the mother of my Lord come to me? 44As soon as I heard the sound of your voice, the baby inside me jumped for joy. 45You are a woman God has blessed. You have believed that the Lord would keep his promises to you!”
“My soul gives glory to the Lord.
47My spirit delights in God my Savior.
48He has taken note of me
even though I am not considered important.
From now on all people will call me blessed.
49The Mighty One has done great things for me.
His name is holy.
50He shows his mercy to those who have respect for him,
from parent to child down through the years.
51He has done mighty things with his powerful arm.
He has scattered those who are proud in their deepest thoughts.
52He has brought down rulers from their thrones.
But he has lifted up people who are not considered important.
53He has filled with good things those who are hungry.
But he has sent away empty those who are rich.
54He has helped the people of Israel, who serve him.
He has always remembered to be kind
55to Abraham and his children down through the years.
He has done it just as he promised to our people of long ago.”
56Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months. Then she returned home.
John the Baptist Is Born
57The time came for Elizabeth to have her baby. She gave birth to a son. 58Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had been very kind to her. They shared her joy.
59On the eighth day, they came to have the child circumcised. They were going to name him Zechariah, like his father. 60But his mother spoke up. “No!” she said. “He must be called John.”
61They said to her, “No one among your relatives has that name.”
62Then they motioned to his father. They wanted to find out what he would like to name the child. 63He asked for something to write on. Then he wrote, “His name is John.” Everyone was amazed. 64Right away Zechariah could speak again. Right away he praised God. 65All his neighbors were filled with fear and wonder. Throughout Judea’s hill country, people were talking about all these things. 66Everyone who heard this wondered about it. And because the Lord was with John, they asked, “What is this child going to be?”
67John’s father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit. He prophesied,
68“Give praise to the Lord, the God of Israel!
He has come to his people and purchased their freedom.
69He has acted with great power and has saved us.
He did it for those who are from the family line of his servant David.
70Long ago holy prophets said he would do it.
71He has saved us from our enemies.
We are rescued from all who hate us.
72He has been kind to our people of long ago.
He has remembered his holy covenant.
73He made a promise to our father Abraham.
74He promised to save us from our enemies.
Then we could serve him without fear.
75He wants us to be holy and godly as long as we live.
76“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God.
You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare the way for him.
77You will tell his people how they can be saved.
You will tell them that their sins can be forgiven.
78All of that will happen because our God is tender and caring.
His kindness will bring the rising sun to us from heaven.
79It will shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death.
It will guide our feet on the path of peace.”
80The child grew up, and his spirit became strong. He lived in the desert until he appeared openly to Israel.