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Luke 1:6-9 The Passion Translation (TPT)

They were both lovers of God, living virtuously and following the commandments of the Lord fully. But they were childless since Elizabeth was barren, and now they both were quite old.

8–9 One day, while Zechariah’s priestly order was on duty and he was serving as priest, it happened by the casting of lots (according to the custom of the priesthood) that the honor fell upon Zechariah to enter into the Holy Place[a]and burn incense before the Lord.


  1. Luke 1:8 Some have said there were twenty thousand priests in Christ’s time, so that no priest would ever offer incense more than once. This was a once-in-a-lifetime moment for him. The burning of incense before the Lord was done twice daily, once in the morning and once in the afternoon (Ex. 30:7-8).
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