Jesus’ Birth Foretold

26 Now in the sixth month the angel (A)Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called (B)Nazareth, 27 to (C)a virgin [a]engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, (D)of the [b]descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was [c]Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, [d]favored one! The Lord [e]is with you.” 29 But she (E)was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, “(F)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 (G)shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of (H)the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him (I)the throne of His father David; 33 (J)and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, (K)and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How [f]can this be, since I [g]am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “(L)The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of (M)the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason (N)the [h]holy Child shall be called (O)the Son of God. 36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and [i]she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 For [j](P)nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, the [k]bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 Now [l]at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to (Q)the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was (R)filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And [m]how has it happened to me, that the mother of (S)my Lord would come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. 45 And (T)blessed is she who [n]believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her [o]by the Lord.”

The Magnificat

46 And Mary said:

(U)My soul [p](V)exalts the Lord,
47 And (W)my spirit has rejoiced in (X)God my Savior.
48 “For (Y)He has had regard for the humble state of His [q]bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me (Z)blessed.
49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
50 (AA)And His mercy is [r]upon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
51 (AB)He has done [s]mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the [t]thoughts of their heart.
52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has (AC)exalted those who were humble.
53 (AD)He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 “He has given help to Israel His servant,
[u]In remembrance of His mercy,
55 (AE)As He spoke to our fathers,
(AF)To Abraham and his [v]descendants forever.”

56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.

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  1. Luke 1:27 Or betrothed; i.e. the first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night. More legal than engagement
  2. Luke 1:27 Lit house
  3. Luke 1:27 Gr Mariam; i.e. Heb Miriam; so throughout Luke
  4. Luke 1:28 Or woman richly blessed
  5. Luke 1:28 Or be
  6. Luke 1:34 Lit will
  7. Luke 1:34 Lit know no man
  8. Luke 1:35 Lit the holy thing begotten
  9. Luke 1:36 Lit this is the sixth month to her who
  10. Luke 1:37 Lit not any word
  11. Luke 1:38 I.e. female slave
  12. Luke 1:39 Lit in these days
  13. Luke 1:43 Lit from where this to me
  14. Luke 1:45 Or believed, because there will be
  15. Luke 1:45 Lit from
  16. Luke 1:46 Lit makes great
  17. Luke 1:48 I.e. female slave
  18. Luke 1:50 Lit unto generations and generations
  19. Luke 1:51 Lit might
  20. Luke 1:51 Lit thought, attitude
  21. Luke 1:54 Lit So as to remember
  22. Luke 1:55 Lit seed

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