Context17It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
18Zacharias said to the angel, How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years. 19The angel answered and said to him, I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20And 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.
21The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22But 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 making signs to them, and remained mute. 23When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.
24After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, 25This 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
26Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgins name was Mary. 28And coming in, he said to her, Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you. 29But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30The angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32He 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; 33and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end. 34Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I am a virgin? 35The 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 holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 36And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37For nothing will be impossible with God. 38And Mary said, Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Marys greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42And she cried out with a loud voice and said, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? 44For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.
46And Mary said:
47And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;
49For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
50AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION
51He has done mighty deeds with His arm;
52He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
53HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS;
54He has given help to Israel His servant,
55As He spoke to our fathers,
56And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.
John Is Born
57Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son. 58Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had displayed His great mercy toward her; and they were rejoicing with her.
59And it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias, after his father. 60But his mother answered and said, No indeed; but he shall be called John. 61And they said to her, There is no one among your relatives who is called by that name. 62And they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called. 63And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, His name is John. And they were all astonished. 64And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God. 65Fear came on all those living around them; and all these matters were being talked about in all the hill country of Judea. 66All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, What then will this child turn out to be? For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.
67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
69And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
70As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old
71Salvation FROM OUR ENEMIES,
72To show mercy toward our fathers,
73The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
74To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
75In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
76And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
77To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
78Because of the tender mercy of our God,
79TO SHINE UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH,
80And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And he shall go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to walk in the wisdom of the just; to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him .
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias; that he may turn the hearts of the fathers unto the children, and the incredulous to the wisdom of the just, to prepare unto the Lord a perfect people.
Darby Bible Translation
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn hearts of fathers to children, and disobedient ones to the thoughts of just men, to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.
English Revised Version
And he shall go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to walk in the wisdom of the just; to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him.
Webster's Bible Translation
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Weymouth New Testament
and he will be His forerunner in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn fathers' hearts to the children, and cause the rebellious to walk in the wisdom of the upright, to make a people perfectly ready for the lord."
World English Bible
He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to prepare a people prepared for the Lord."
Young's Literal Translation
and he shall go before Him, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn hearts of fathers unto children, and disobedient ones to the wisdom of righteous ones, to make ready for the Lord, a people prepared.'
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He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.--LUKE 1:49. Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?--Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.--Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy.--Hallowed be thy name. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people. Who is this …
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