The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, According to St. Luke (Author Luke)

1:1¤ Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a narration of the things that have been accomplished among us,

1:2According as they have delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word:

1:3It seemed good to me also, having diligently attained to all things from the beginning, to write to thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

1:4That thou mayest know the verity of those words in which thou hast been instructed.

1:5There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zachary, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name Elizabeth.

1:6And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and justifications of the Lord without blame.

1:7And they had no son, for that Elizabeth was barren: and they both were well advanced in years.

1:8And it came to pass, when he executed the priestly function in the order of his course before God,

1:9According to the custom of the priestly office, it was his lot to offer incense, going into the temple of the Lord.

1:10And all the multitude of the people was praying without, at the hour of incense.

1:11And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

1:12And Zachary seeing him, was troubled: and fear fell upon him.

1:13But the angel said to him: Fear not, Zachary, for thy prayer is heard: and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son. And thou shalt call his name John.

1:14And thou shalt have joy and gladness: and many shall rejoice in his nativity.

1:15For he shall be great before the Lord and shall drink no wine nor strong drink: and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.

1:16And he shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.

1:17And 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.

1:18And Zachary said to the angel: Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.

1:19And the angel answering, said to him: I am Gabriel, who stand before God and am sent to speak to thee and to bring thee these good tidings.

1:20And behold, thou shalt be dumb and shalt not be able to speak until the day wherein these things shall come to pass: because thou hast not believed my words, which shall be fulfilled in their time.

1:21And the people were waiting for Zachary: and they wondered that he tarried so long in the temple.

1:22And when he came out, he could not speak to them: and they understood that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he made signs to them and remained dumb.

1:23And it came to pass, after the days of his office were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

1:24And after those days, Elizabeth his wife conceived and hid herself five months, saying:

1:25Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he hath had regard to take away my reproach among men.

1:26And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth,

1:27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin's name was Mary.

1:28And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

1:29Who having heard, was troubled at his saying and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.

1:30And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.

1:31Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus.

1:32He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.

1:33And of his kingdom there shall be no end.

1:34And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?

1:35And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

1:36And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren.

1:37Because no word shall be impossible with God.

1:38And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

1:39And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda.

1:40And she entered into the house of Zachary and saluted Elizabeth.

1:41And it came to pass that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.

1:42And she cried out with a loud voice and said: Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

1:43And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

1:44For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

1:45And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.

1:46And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord.

1:47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

1:48Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid: for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

1:49Because he that is mighty hath done great things to me: and holy is his name.

1:50And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.

1:51He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

1:52He hath put down the mighty from their seat and hath exalted the humble.

1:53He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.

1:54He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy.

1:55As he spoke to our fathers: to Abraham and to his seed for ever.

1:56And Mary abode with her about three months. And she returned to her own house.

1:57Now Elizabeth's full time of being delivered was come: and she brought forth a son.

1:58And her neighbors and kinsfolks heard that the Lord had shewed his great mercy towards her: and they congratulated with her.

1:59And it came to pass that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child: and they called him by his father's name Zachary.

1:60And his mother answering, said: Not so. But he shall be called John.

1:61And they said to her: There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

1:62And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

1:63And demanding a writing table, he wrote, saying: John is his name. And they all wondered.

1:64And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed: and he spoke, blessing God.

1:65And fear came upon all their neighbours: and all these things were noised abroad over all the hill country of Judea.

1:66And all they that had heard them laid them up in their heart, saying: What an one, think ye, shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.

1:67And Zachary his father was filled with the Holy Ghost. And he prophesied, saying:

1:68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people.

1:69And hath raised up an horn of salvation to us, in the house of David his servant.

1:70As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who are from the beginning.

1:71Salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all that hate us.

1:72To perform mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy testament.

1:73The oath, which he swore to Abraham our father,

1:74That he would grant to us. That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear:

1:75In holiness and justice before him, all our days.

1:76And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt, go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways:

1:77To give knowledge of salvation to his people, unto the remission of their sins.

1:78Through the bowels of the mercy of our God, in which the Orient from on high hath visited us:

1:79To enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death: to direct our feet into the way of peace.

1:80And the child grew and was strengthened in spirit: and was in the deserts until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

2:1¤ And it came to pass that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.

2:2This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria.

2:3And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city.

2:4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David.

2:5To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.

2:6And it came to pass that when they were there, her days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

2:7And she brought forth her first born son and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger: because there was no room for them in the inn.

2:8And there were in the same country shepherds watching and keeping the night watches over their flock.

2:9And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them and the brightness of God shone round about them: and they feared with a great fear.

2:10And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall be to all the people:

2:11For, this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.

2:12And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.

2:13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying:

2:14Glory to God in the highest: and on earth peace to men of good will.

2:15And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us.

2:16And they came with haste: and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.

2:17And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child.

2:18And all that heard wondered: and at those things that were told them by the shepherds.

2:19But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.

2:20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

2:21And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

2:22And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord:

2:23As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord:

2:24And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons:

2:25And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon: and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel. And the Holy Ghost was in him.

2:26And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.

2:27And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law,

2:28He also took him into his arms and blessed God and said

2:29Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace:

2:30Because my eyes have seen thy salvation,

2:31Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples:

2:32A light to the revelation of the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel.

2:33And his father and mother were wondering at those things which were spoken concerning him.

2:34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel and for a sign which shall be contradicted.

2:35And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.

2:36And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser. She was far advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity.

2:37And she was a widow until fourscore and four years: who departed not from the temple, by fastings and prayers serving night and day.

2:38Now she, at the same hour, coming in, confessed to the Lord: and spoke of him to all that looked for the redemption of Israel.

2:39And after they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their city Nazareth.

2:40And the child grew and waxed strong, full of wisdom: and the grace of God was in him.

2:41And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the pasch.

2:42And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast,

2:43And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem. And his parents knew it not.

2:44And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day's journey and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance.

2:45And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him.

2:46And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them and asking them questions.

2:47And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers.

2:48And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? Behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

2:49And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be about my father's business?

2:50And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them.

2:51And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart.

2:52And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace with God and men.

3:1¤ Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother tetrarch of Iturea and the country of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilina:

3:2Under the high priests Annas and Caiphas: the word of the Lord was made unto John, the son of Zachary, in the desert.

3:3And he came into all the country about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of penance for the remission of sins.

3:4As it was written in the book of the sayings of Isaias the prophet: A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

3:5Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be brought low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways plain.

3:6And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

3:7He said therefore to the multitudes that went forth to be baptized by him: Ye offspring of vipers, who hath shewed you to flee from the wrath to come?

3:8Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of penance: and do not begin to say, We have Abraham for our father. For I say unto you that God is able of these stones, to raise up children to Abraham.

3:9For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit shall be cut down and cast into the fire.

3:10And the people asked him, saying: What then shall we do?

3:11And he answering, said to them: He that hath two coats, let him give to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do in like manner.

3:12And the publicans also came to be baptized and said to him: Master, what shall we do?

3:13But he said to them: Do nothing more than that which is appointed you.

3:14And the soldiers also asked him, saying: And what shall we do? And he said to them: Do violence to no man, neither calumniate any man; and be content with your pay.

3:15And as the people were of opinion, and all were thinking in their hearts of John, that perhaps he might be the Christ:

3:16John answered, saying unto all: I indeed baptize you with water: but there shall come one mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to loose. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire;

3:17Whose fan is in his hand: and he will purge his floor and will gather the wheat into his barn: but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

3:18And many other things exhorting did he preach to the people.

3:19But Herod the tetrarch, when he was reproved by him for Herodias, his brother's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done:

3:20He added this also above all and shut up John in prison.

3:21Now it came to pass, when all the people were baptized, that Jesus also being baptized and praying, heaven was opened.

3:22And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape, as a dove, upon him. And a voice came from heaven: Thou art my beloved Son. In thee I am well pleased.

3:23And Jesus himself was beginning about the age of thirty years: being (as it was supposed) the son of Joseph, who was of Heli,

3:24Who was of Mathat, who was of Levi, who was of Melchi, who was of Janne, who was of Joseph,

3:25Who was of Mathathias, who was of Amos, who was of Nahum, who was of Hesli, who was of Nagge,

3:26Who was of Mahath, who was of Mathathias, who was of Semei, who was of Joseph, who was of Juda,

3:27Who was of Joanna, who was of Reza, who was of Zorobabel, who was of Salathiel, who was of Neri,

3:28Who was of Melchi, who was of Addi, who was of Cosan, who was of Helmadan, who was of Her,

3:29Who was of Jesus, who was of Eliezer, who was of Jorim, who was of Mathat, who was of Levi,

3:30Who was of Simeon, who was of Judas, who was of Joseph, who was of Jona, who was of Eliakim,

3:31Who was of Melea, who was of Menna, who was of Mathatha, who was of Nathan, who was of David,

3:32Who was of Jesse, who was of Obed, who was of Booz, who was of Salmon, who was of Naasson,

3:33Who was of Aminadab, who was of Aram, who was of Esron, who was of Phares, who was of Judas,

3:34Who was of Jacob, who was of Isaac, who was of Abraham, who was of Thare, who was of Nachor,

3:35Who was of Sarug, who was of Ragau, who was of Phaleg, who was of Heber, who was of Sale,

3:36Who was of Cainan, who was of Arphaxad, who was of Sem, who was Of Noe, who was of Lamech,

3:37Who was of Mathusale, who was of Henoch, who was of Jared, who was of Malaleel, who was of Cainan,

3:38Who was of Henos, who was of Seth, who was of Adam, who was of God.

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