18 Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in [a]years.”19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who [b]stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.20 And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”
21 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.22 But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he kept [c]making signs to them, and remained mute.23 When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.
24 After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she [d]kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying,25 “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men.”
Jesus’ Birth Foretold
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,27 to a virgin [e]engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the [f]descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was [g]Mary.28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, [h]favored one! The Lord [i]is with you.”29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”34 Mary said to the angel, “How [j]can this be, since I [k]am a virgin?”35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the [l]holy Child shall be called the Son of God.36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and [m]she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.37 For [n]nothing will be impossible with God.”38 And Mary said, “Behold, the [o]bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
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