Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1Because many were willing to write an account of those events of which we are persuaded, 2Like the things which they delivered to us who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of The Word*, 3He appeared *also to me because I had approached all things carefully, that I would write everything in order to you, excellent Theophila. 4That you may know the truth of the words of which you have been instructed by such.*
5In the days of Herodus, The King of Judea, there was a certain Priest whose name was Zakharia from the Ministry of the house of Abia and his wife was named Elizabeth who was of the daughters of Aaron. 6Both of them were righteous before God, and they were walking in all the commandments and in the judgments of THE LORD JEHOVAH without reproach. 7But they did not have a son, because Elizabeth was infertile, and both of them were advanced in their days.
8And as he was exercising his priestly function in the order of his service before God, 9In the tradition of the priesthood, it befell him to offer incense, and he entered The Temple of THE LORD JEHOVAH. 10And all the crowds of the people were praying outside at the time of incense. 11And an Angel of THE LORD JEHOVAH appeared to Zakharia who stood at the right side of the altar of incense. 12And Zakharia was troubled when he saw him and dread fell upon him. 13And the Angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zakharia, because your prayer has been heard and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name, Yohannan." 14"You will have joy and gladness and many will rejoice at his birth." 15"He will be great before THE LORD JEHOVAH, and he will not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with The Spirit of Holiness while he is in the womb of his mother." 16"And he will turn many of the children of Israel to THE LORD JEHOVAH, their God." 17"And he will go before him in the spirit and in the power of Elijah The Prophet to turn the heart of The fathers to the children and those who do not have faith to the knowledge of The Just One and he will prepare a perfect people for THE LORD JEHOVAH."
18And Zakharia said to the Angel, "How shall I know this, for I am old and my wife is advanced in her days?" 19The Angel answered and he said to him, "I am Gabriel who am standing before God, and I am sent to speak with you and to give you these tidings." 20"Henceforth, you will be dumb, and you will not be able to speak until the day that these things will occur, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time."
21But the people were standing and waiting for Zakharia, and they were wondering at his tarrying in The Temple. 22But when Zakharia came out, he was not able to speak with them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in The Temple and was making signs, gesturing to them, and he still remained mute. 23And when the days of his service were fulfilled he went to his house.
24And it happened after those days, Elizabeth his wife conceived and she had secluded herself for five months, and she said: 25"THE LORD JEHOVAH has done these things for me in the days in which he regarded me to take away my reproach among the children of men"
26But in the sixth month, Gabriel the Angel was sent from the presence of God to Galilee to the city whose name was Nazareth, 27To a virgin who was engaged to a man from the house of David, whose name was Yoseph, and the name of the virgin was Maryam. 28The Angel entered her presence, and he said to her, "Peace to you, full of grace, Our Lord is with you; you are blessed among women." 29But when she saw him, she was alarmed at his word, and she was wondering, "What is this greeting?" 30And the Angel said to her, "Do not fear, Maryam, for you have found favor with God, 31For behold, you shall conceive and you shall give birth to a son, and you shall call his name Yeshua. 32This One will be great and he will be called The Son of The Highest and THE LORD JEHOVAH will give to him the throne of David his father, 33And he will reign over the house of Jaqob eternally and to his Kingdom there will not be an end." 34Maryam said to the Angel, "How will this be, for no man has known me?" 35The Angel answered and said to her, "The Spirit of Holiness shall come and the power of The Highest shall rest upon you, therefore he who shall be begotten in you shall be holy and he shall be called the Son of God." 36"And behold, Elizabeth your cousin also has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her, who is called barren," 37"Because nothing is difficult for God." 38Maryam said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of THE LORD JEHOVAH; let it be done to me according to your word", and the Angel departed from her.
39But Maryam arose in those days, and she went instantly to the mountains to a city of Judea. 40And she entered the house of Zakharia, and she invoked the peace of Elizabeth. 41And it was when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Maryam, the baby in her womb leaped and Elizabeth was filled with The Spirit of Holiness, 42And she cried with a loud voice and she said to Maryam, "You are blessed among women and blessed is the fruit that is in your womb." 43"From where is this to me that the mother of my Lord would come to me?" 44"For behold, when the voice of your greeting fell on my ear, the baby in my womb leaped for great joy." 45"And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment to those things that were spoken with her from the presence of THE LORD JEHOVAH."
46And Maryam said, "My soul exalts THE LORD JEHOVAH"
47"And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior."
48"For he has regarded the lowliness of his Maidservant, for behold, from this hour all generations will ascribe blessedness to me."
49"Because he who is mighty has done unto me great things and holy is his name."
50"And his mercy for posterity and generations is upon those who revere him."
51"He has wrought victory with his arm and he has scattered the proud with the opinion of their heart."
52"He has cast down the mighty from thrones and has raised up the lowly."
53"He has filled the hungry with good things and the rich he has sent away empty handed."
54"He has helped Israel his servant and he has remembered his mercy,"
55"Just as he spoke with our Patriarchs, with Abraham and with his seed eternally."
56But Maryam stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and she returned to her house.
59And it was the eighth day, and they came to circumcise the boy, and they were calling him by the name of his father Zakharia. 60And his mother answered, and she said to them, "Not so, but he will be called Yohannan." 61And they said to her, "There is no man among your generations who is called by this name." 62And they signed to his father how he wished to name him. 63He requested a tablet and he wrote and he said, "Yohannan is his name", and everyone was amazed. 64And at once his mouth was opened, and his tongue, and he spoke and blessed God. 65And there was awe upon all of their neighbors, and in all the mountains of Judea these things were being spoken. 66And all those who heard were contemplating in their heart and they were saying, "What indeed will this boy be?" And the hand of THE LORD JEHOVAH was with him.
67And his father Zakharia was filled with The Spirit of Holiness and he prophesied and he said:
68"Blessed is THE LORD JEHOVAH, The God of Israel, who has visited his nation, and he has wrought for it redemption."
69"And he has raised up for us a trumpet of redemption in the house of David his servant,"
70"Just as he spoke by the mouth of his holy Prophets that which is from eternity,"
71"That he would save us from our enemies and from the hand of all of them who hate us."
72"And he has wrought his mercy with our fathers and he has remembered his holy covenants"
73"And the oath that he swore to Abraham our Patriarch that he would grant us"
74"That we would be saved from the hands of our enemies, and we would serve before him without fear,"
75"All of our days with justice and in righteousness."
76"And you, boy, you will be called the Prophet of The Highest, for you will go before the face of THE LORD JEHOVAH that you may prepare his way,"
77"That he may give the knowledge of life to his people in forgiveness of their sins,"
78"In the compassions of the mercy of our God in which The Manifestation from Heaven will visit us,"
79"To enlighten those who were sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, that he may direct our feet in the path of peace."
80But The Boy was growing and being strengthened in spirit, and he dwelt in the wilderness until the day of his manifestation unto Israel.