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1 Seeing that many others have undertaken to draw up accounts of the events that have reached their fulfilment among us,
Acts 1:1-3  John 20:31  2Pet 1:16-19  1Tim 3:16  2Tim 4:17 

2 as these were handed down to us by those who from the outset were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,
John 15:27  Heb 2:3  Acts 26:16  1John 1:1-3  2Pet 1:16  Mark 1:1  1Pet 5:1 

3 I in my turn, after carefully going over the whole story from the beginning, have decided to write an ordered account for you, Theophilus,
Acts 1:1  Acts 26:25  Acts 23:26  Acts 11:4  Acts 24:3  1Cor 7:40  1Cor 16:12 

4 so that your Excellency may learn how well founded the teaching is that you have received.
John 20:31  Acts 18:25  1Cor 14:19  2Pet 1:15-16  Gal 6:6  Rom 2:18 

5 In the days of King Herod of Judaea there lived a priest called Zechariah who belonged to the Abijah section of the priesthood, and he had a wife, Elizabeth by name, who was a descendant of Aaron.
1Chr 24:10  Matt 2:1  1Chr 24:19  Neh 12:4  Neh 12:17 

6 Both were upright in the sight of God and impeccably carried out all the commandments and observances of the Lord.
Gen 7:1  Gen 17:1  1Kgs 9:4  1Thess 3:13  Acts 24:16  Job 1:1  Phil 2:15 

7 But they were childless: Elizabeth was barren and they were both advanced in years.
Gen 18:11  Heb 11:11  1Sam 1:2  Gen 25:21  Gen 16:1-2  Gen 17:17  Judg 13:2-3 

8 Now it happened that it was the turn of his section to serve, and he was exercising his priestly office before God
1Chr 24:19  2Chr 8:14  2Chr 31:2  Luke 1:5  2Chr 11:14  2Chr 31:19  Exod 28:1 

9 when it fell to him by lot, as the priestly custom was, to enter the Lord's sanctuary and burn incense there.
1Chr 23:13  2Chr 29:11  Exod 30:7-8  1Sam 2:28  1Chr 6:49  2Chr 26:16  Exod 37:25-29 

10 And at the hour of incense all the people were outside, praying.
Lev 16:17  Rev 8:3  Heb 4:14  Heb 9:24 

11 Then there appeared to him the angel of the Lord, standing on the right of the altar of incense.
Exod 40:26-27  Acts 5:19  Acts 10:3-4  Exod 30:1-10  Exod 37:25-29  Heb 1:14  Judg 13:3 

12 The sight disturbed Zechariah and he was overcome with fear.
Judg 6:22  Judg 13:22  Luke 2:9-10  Acts 10:4  Dan 10:7  Job 4:14-15  Luke 1:29 

13 But the angel said to him, 'Zechariah, do not be afraid, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth is to bear you a son and you shall name him John.
Ps 127:3-5  1Sam 2:21  Acts 10:31  Ps 113:9  Judg 13:3-5  Luke 1:30  Luke 24:36-40 

14 He will be your joy and delight and many will rejoice at his birth,
Luke 1:58  Gen 21:6  Prov 15:20  Prov 23:15  Prov 23:24 

15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord; he must drink no wine, no strong drink; even from his mother's womb he will be filled with the Holy Spirit,
Eph 5:18  Gal 1:15  Jer 1:5  Luke 7:33  Acts 2:4  1Chr 17:8  1Chr 29:12 

16 and he will bring back many of the Israelites to the Lord their God.
Dan 12:3  Matt 3:1-6  Matt 21:32  Isa 40:3-5  Isa 49:6  Luke 1:76  Mal 3:1 

17 With the spirit and power of Elijah, he will go before him to reconcile fathers to their children and the disobedient to the good sense of the upright, preparing for the Lord a people fit for him.'
Mal 4:5-6  Matt 11:14  Luke 1:76  Ps 78:8  John 1:21-30  John 3:28  Rev 20:4 

18 Zechariah said to the angel, 'How can I know this? I am an old man and my wife is getting on in years.'
Gen 17:17  Luke 1:34  Gen 15:8  2Kgs 7:2  Gen 18:12  Isa 38:22  Judg 6:36-40 

19 The angel replied, 'I am Gabriel, who stand in God's presence, and I have been sent to speak to you and bring you this good news.
Dan 8:16  Luke 1:26  Matt 18:10  Dan 9:21-23  Heb 4:14  Luke 2:10 

20 Look! Since you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time, you will be silenced and have no power of speech until this has happened.'
Ezek 3:26  Ezek 24:27  2Kgs 7:2  2Kgs 7:19  2Tim 2:13  Exod 4:11  Gen 18:10-15 

21 Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah and were surprised that he stayed in the sanctuary so long.
Num 6:23-27 

22 When he came out he could not speak to them, and they realised that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. But he could only make signs to them and remained dumb.
Luke 1:62  Acts 12:17  Acts 19:33  Acts 21:40  John 13:24 

23 When his time of service came to an end he returned home.
1Chr 9:25  2Kgs 11:5-7 

24 Some time later his wife Elizabeth conceived and for five months she kept to herself, saying,

25 'The Lord has done this for me, now that it has pleased him to take away the humiliation I suffered in public.'
Isa 4:1  1Sam 1:6  Gen 30:22-23  Heb 11:11  1Sam 1:19-20  1Sam 2:21-22  Gen 21:1-2 

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,
Luke 1:19  Matt 2:23  John 7:41  John 1:45-46  Luke 2:4 

27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
Matt 1:18  Isa 7:14  Jer 31:22  Matt 1:16  Gen 3:15  Luke 2:4-5  Matt 1:20-21 

28 He went in and said to her, 'Rejoice, you who enjoy God's favour! The Lord is with you.'
Acts 18:10  Dan 9:21-23  Dan 10:19  Eph 1:6  Judg 6:12  Luke 1:30  Hos 14:2 

29 She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean,
Acts 10:4  Luke 1:12  1Sam 9:20-21  Acts 10:17  Judg 6:13-15  Luke 1:66  Luke 2:19 

30 but the angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favour.
Isa 41:14  Luke 1:13  Rom 8:31  Acts 18:9-10  Acts 27:24  Heb 13:6  Isa 41:10 

31 Look! You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus.
Isa 7:14  Matt 1:21  Luke 2:21  Matt 1:25  Gal 4:4  Luke 1:13  Matt 1:23 

32 He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David;
Isa 9:6-7  Isa 16:5  Ps 132:11  2Sam 7:11-13  Luke 1:35  Mark 5:7  Rev 3:7 

33 he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.'
Dan 2:44  Heb 1:8  Dan 7:13-14  Ps 89:35-37  Dan 7:27  2Sam 7:16  Rev 11:15 

34 Mary said to the angel, 'But how can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?'
Judg 13:8-12  Acts 9:6 

35 The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God.
Matt 1:18  Luke 1:27  John 1:49  Luke 1:31-32  Matt 1:20  Heb 4:15  John 1:34 

36 And I tell you this too: your cousin Elizabeth also, in her old age, has conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month,

37 for nothing is impossible to God.'
Matt 19:26  Mark 10:27  Jer 32:27  Jer 32:17  Gen 18:14  Luke 18:27  Num 11:23 

38 Mary said, 'You see before you the Lord's servant, let it happen to me as you have said.' And the angel left her.
Rom 4:20-21  Ps 119:38  Ps 116:16  2Sam 7:25-29 

39 Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah.
Josh 10:40  Luke 1:65  Josh 15:48-59  Josh 20:7  Josh 21:9-11 

40 She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth.

41 Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 4:8  Luke 1:44  Luke 1:67  Acts 2:4  Luke 1:15  Rev 1:10  Acts 6:3 

42 She gave a loud cry and said, 'Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Judg 5:24  Luke 1:28  Luke 1:48  Luke 19:38  Acts 2:26-28  Gen 22:18  Heb 12:2 

43 Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?
John 20:28  1Sam 25:41  Phil 2:3  Ps 110:1  John 13:5-8  John 13:13  Luke 2:11 

44 Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy.

45 Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.'
John 20:29  Luke 11:27-28  2Chr 20:20  John 11:40  Luke 1:20 

46 And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
Ps 34:2-3  1Sam 2:1-10  Ps 35:9  Isa 61:10  Ps 103:1-2  1Cor 1:31  1Pet 1:8 

47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
1Tim 1:1  Ps 35:9  Titus 2:10  1Tim 2:3  Titus 3:4-6  Hab 3:18  Isa 12:2-3 

48 because he has looked upon the humiliation of his servant. Yes, from now onwards all generations will call me blessed,
Ps 138:6  Luke 11:27  1Sam 1:11  Luke 1:28  Mal 3:12  1Cor 1:26-28  1Sam 2:8 

49 for the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name,
Ps 111:9  Ps 126:2-3  Isa 57:15  Jer 10:6  Ps 99:3  1Sam 2:2  Exod 15:11 

50 and his faithful love extends age after age to those who fear him.
Exod 20:6  Ps 103:17-18  Ps 103:11  Ps 118:4  Ps 145:19  Ps 147:11  Exod 34:6-7 

51 He has used the power of his arm, he has routed the arrogant of heart.
Ps 98:1  Isa 51:9  1Sam 2:3-4  Dan 4:37  Isa 52:10  1Sam 2:9-10  Isa 40:10 

52 He has pulled down princes from their thrones and raised high the lowly.
Ps 107:40-41  Ezek 17:24  Jas 4:10  1Sam 2:6-8  Eccl 4:14  Job 5:11-13  Luke 18:14 

53 He has filled the starving with good things, sent the rich away empty.
Luke 6:21  Ps 107:8-9  Jas 2:5-6  Luke 6:24  Matt 5:6  Ps 34:10  1Cor 1:26 

54 He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his faithful love
Ps 98:3  Mic 7:20  Isa 44:21  Isa 46:3-4  Isa 49:14-16  Jer 31:20  Isa 63:7-16 

55 -according to the promise he made to our ancestors -- of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.
Gen 17:19  Ps 105:6-10  Gen 12:3  Gen 22:18  Gen 26:4  Ps 132:11-17  Rom 11:28-29 

56 Mary stayed with her some three months and then went home.

57 The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son;
Gen 21:2-3  Luke 1:13  Luke 2:6-7  Num 23:19 

58 and when her neighbours and relations heard that the Lord had lavished on her his faithful love, they shared her joy.
Luke 1:14  Luke 1:25  Ps 113:9  Rom 12:15  1Cor 12:26  Gen 19:19  Gen 21:6 

59 Now it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
Gen 17:12  Lev 12:3  Luke 2:21  Phil 3:5  Acts 7:8  Gen 21:3-4 

60 but his mother spoke up. 'No,' she said, 'he is to be called John.'
Luke 1:13  2Sam 12:25  Isa 8:3  Matt 1:25  Luke 1:63 

61 They said to her, 'But no one in your family has that name,'

62 and made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called.
Luke 1:22 

63 The father asked for a writing-tablet and wrote, 'His name is John.' And they were all astonished.
Luke 1:60  Isa 30:8  Luke 1:13  Hab 2:2  Jer 17:1  Prov 3:3 

64 At that instant his power of speech returned and he spoke and praised God.
Luke 1:20  Dan 4:34-37  Exod 4:15-16  Ezek 33:22  Jer 1:9  Isa 12:1  Mark 7:32-37 

65 All their neighbours were filled with awe and the whole affair was talked about throughout the hill country of Judaea.
Luke 1:39  Luke 7:16  Acts 2:43  Acts 5:5  Acts 5:11  Acts 19:17  Josh 10:6 

66 All those who heard of it treasured it in their hearts. 'What will this child turn out to be?' they wondered. And indeed the hand of the Lord was with him.
Acts 11:21  Gen 39:2  Luke 2:19  Luke 2:51  1Kgs 18:46  1Sam 2:18  1Sam 16:18 

67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy:
Joel 2:28  Luke 1:41  Luke 1:15  2Pet 1:21  2Sam 23:2  Num 11:25 

68 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited his people, he has set them free,
Luke 7:16  Ps 106:48  Ps 41:13  1Kgs 1:48  Ps 111:9  1Chr 29:10  Exod 4:31 

69 and he has established for us a saving power in the House of his servant David,
1Sam 2:10  Ps 18:2  2Sam 22:3  Ezek 29:21  1Sam 2:1  Isa 9:6-7  Jer 33:15-26 

70 just as he proclaimed, by the mouth of his holy prophets from ancient times,
Acts 3:21-24  Rom 1:2  Acts 28:25  1Pet 1:12  2Pet 1:21  2Sam 23:2  Dan 9:24-27 

71 that he would save us from our enemies and from the hands of all those who hate us,
Ps 106:10  1John 3:8  Deut 33:29  Jer 23:6  Zeph 3:15-20  Ezek 28:26  Ezek 34:25 

72 and show faithful love to our ancestors, and so keep in mind his holy covenant.
Heb 6:13-18  Lev 26:42  Mic 7:20  Ps 106:45  Ezek 16:60  Acts 3:25-26  Gal 3:15-17 

73 This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham,
Gen 22:16-18  Deut 7:12  Heb 6:13  Jer 11:5  Ps 105:9  Deut 7:8  Gen 24:7 

74 that he would grant us, free from fear, to be delivered from the hands of our enemies,
Isa 54:13-14  Zeph 3:15-17  2Tim 1:7  Heb 9:14  Zech 9:8-10  Rom 8:15  Ezek 34:25-28 

75 to serve him in holiness and uprightness in his presence, all our days.
Eph 4:24  Eph 2:10  Eph 1:4  Jer 31:33-34  Titus 2:11-14  1Pet 1:14-16  1Thess 4:1 

76 And you, little child, you shall be called Prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare a way for him,
Mal 3:1  Isa 40:3-5  Luke 1:32  Mark 1:2-3  Matt 11:9-10  Matt 14:5  Acts 16:17 

77 to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
Acts 2:38  Acts 3:19  Acts 5:31  Acts 10:43  Acts 13:38-39  Acts 19:4  Eph 1:7 

78 because of the faithful love of our God in which the rising Sun has come from on high to visit us,
Mal 4:2  2Pet 1:19  Num 24:17  1John 3:17  Col 3:12  Isa 11:1  Phil 2:1 

79 to give light to those who live in darkness and the shadow dark as death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Isa 9:2  Matt 4:16  Acts 26:18  Eph 5:8  Isa 42:7  Ps 107:10  Ps 107:14 

80 Meanwhile the child grew up and his spirit grew strong. And he lived in the desert until the day he appeared openly to Israel.
Luke 2:40  Mark 1:3-4  Matt 3:1  Luke 2:52  1Sam 3:19-20  John 1:31  Judg 13:24-25