12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.(A) 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid,(B) Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.(C) 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,(D) 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink,(E) and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit(F) even before he is born.(G) 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,(H) in the spirit and power of Elijah,(I) to turn the hearts of the parents to their children(J) and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”(K)

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The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel(A) to Nazareth,(B) a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph,(C) 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,(D) Mary; you have found favor with God.(E) 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.(F) 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.(G) The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,(H) 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom(I) will never end.”(J)

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