Luke 1:1
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English Standard Version
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us,

King James Bible
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

American Standard Version
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to draw up a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us,

Douay-Rheims Bible
FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a narration of the things that have been accomplished among us;

English Revised Version
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to draw up a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us,

Webster's Bible Translation
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

Weymouth New Testament
Seeing that many have attempted to draw up a narrative of the facts which are received with full assurance among us

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Vincent's Word Studies

Forasmuch as (ἐπειδὴπερ)

Only here in New Testament. A compound conjunction: ἐπεί, since, δή, as is well known, and περ, giving the sense of certainty.

Have taken in hand (ἐπεχείρησαν)

Used by Luke only. A literal translation. The word carries the sense of a difficult undertaking (see Acts 19:13), and implies that previous attempts have not been successful. It occurs frequently in medical language. Hippocrates begins one of his medical treatises very much as Luke begins his gospel. "As many as have taken in hand (ἐπεχείρησαν) to speak or to write concerning the healing art."

To set forth in order (ἀνατάξασθαι)

Only here in New Testament. The A. V. is true to the core of the word, which is τάσσω, to put in order, or arrange. Rev. happily gives the force of the preposition ἀνὰ, up, by the rendering draw up.

A declaration (διήγησιν)

Only here in New Testament. From διά, through, and ἡγέομαι, to lead the way. Hence something which leads the reader through the mass of facts: a narrative, as A. V., with the accompanying idea of thoroughness. Note the singular number. Many took in hand to draw up, not narratives, but a narrative, embracing the whole of the evangelic matter. The word was particularly applied to a medical treatise. Galen applies it at least seventy-three times to the writings of Hippocrates.

Which are most surely believed (τῶν πεπληροφορημένων)

From πλήρης, full, and φορέω, the frequentative form of φέρω, to bring, meaning to bring frequently or habitually. Hence, to bring full measure; to fulfil. Compare 2 Timothy 4:5, 2 Timothy 4:17. Also of full assurance. Applied to persons. Romans 4:21; Hebrews 10:22. As applied to things, therefore, the sense of the A. V. is inadmissible. Render as Rev., have been fulfilled. The word is chosen to indicate that these events happened in accordance with a preconceived design. Wyc., been filled in us.

Among us

Explained by the words in the next sentence, who were eye-witnesses and ministers.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

those.

John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God...

Acts 1:1-3 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach...

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels...

2 Peter 1:16-19 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ...

most surely. [Peplerophoremenon,] the passive participle of [plerophoreo,] from [pleres phora,] full measure; and is applied to a ship fully laden, to a tree in full bearing, etc. Hence it implies that fulness of evidence by which any fact is supported, and also that confidence, or feeling of assent, by which facts so supported are believed.

Cross References
Mark 16:20
And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.]]

Romans 4:21
fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

Romans 14:5
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

Colossians 2:2
that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ,

Colossians 4:12
Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.

1 Thessalonians 1:5
because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.

2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.

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