The Gospel of Luke for Readers

The Gospel of Luke for Readers

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Copyright (C) 2002 by Lightheart. The Gospel of Luke
1. Forasmuch as many eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have set
forth and delivered to us a declaration of those things which are most
surely believed among us, it seemed good to me also, having had
perfect understanding of these things from the very beginning, to write
to you, most excellent Theophilus, in order that thou might know the
certainty of the things thou has been instructed.
In the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, there was a priest named
Zacharias, of the course of Abia. His wife was of the daughters of
Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. They were both righteous before
God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and ordinances of
the Lord. They had no child because Elisabeth was barren. They were
both well up in years.
According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot, while he executed
his duty before God, was to burn incense when he went into the temple
of the Lord. The multitude gathered outside to pray during the time of
There appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side
of the altar of incense. When Zacharias saw him, he was troubled and
fell down in fear. But the angel said to him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy
prayer is heard. Thy wife, Elisabeth, shall bear thee a son and thou shall
name him John. You shall have joy and gladness and many will rejoice
at his birth. He shall be great in the sight of the Lord. He shall not drink
wine or strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even

from his mother's womb.
He shall turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord, their God. He
shall go 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.
Zacharias said to the angel, How shall I know this? I am an old man,
and my wife an old woman. The angel said to him, I am Gabriel, who
stands in the presence of God; and am sent to speak to thee, and to
show thee these glad tidings. Behold, thou shall be dumb and unable to
speak until the day these things are performed because thou believe not
my words which shall be fulfilled in their season.
The people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long
in the temple. When he came out, he could not speak to them. They
perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple for he beckoned to
them and remained speechless.
It came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his official duties were
accomplished, he went home. His wife, Elisabeth, conceived, and hid
herself for five months. She said, Thus has the Lord now done for me
that which takes away my reproach among others.
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of
Galilee, named Nazareth. The angel appeared to a virgin named Mary
and espoused to Joseph, of the house of David. He said to her, Hail,
thou that art highly favored. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou
among women. When she saw him, she was troubled by his words.
Then the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary,
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