II. The Preparation of the Man-Savior
in His Humanity with His Divinity
A. His Forerunner's Conception
5 In the days of aHerod, king of Judea, there was a certain priest named Zachariah, of the 1course of Abijah; and his wife was of the daughters of bAaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6 And 1they were both 2arighteous before God, 3bwalking in all the commandments and 4ordinances of the Lord, cblameless.
7 And they had 1no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in their days.
8 And while he served as priest in the aorder of his course before God,
9 According to the custom of the priestly service, the lot fell to him to enter into the atemple of the Lord and 1burn incense.
10 And all the multitude of the people were 1apraying outside at the hour of the burning of incense.
11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the aaltar of incense.
12 And Zachariah was troubled when he saw him, and afear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said to him, Do anot be afraid, Zachariah, because your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will 1bear you a son, and you shall call his name 2bJohn.
14 And you will have joy and exultation, and many will rejoice at his birth.
15 For he will be agreat in the sight of the Lord, and he shall by 1bno means drink wine and liquor. And he will be filled with the 2cHoly Spirit, even from his mother's dwomb,
16 And many of the sons of Israel he will turn to the Lord their God.
17 And it is he who will go abefore Him in the spirit and power of 1Elijah to turn the bhearts of the fathers to the children, and the cdisobedient 2to the 3prudence of the righteous, to dprepare for the Lord a people made ready.
18 And Zachariah said to the angel, By what shall I know this? For I am an aold man and my wife is advanced in 1years.
19 And the aangel answered and said to him, I am bGabriel, who stands before God, and I was sent to speak to you and to announce the good news of these things to you.
20 And behold, you shall be asilent and not able to speak until the day that these things happen, because you did 1not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.
21 And the people were waiting for Zachariah, and they marveled at his delaying in the atemple.
22 And when he came out, he was not able to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a avision in the temple. And he made signs to them and remained dumb.
23 And when the days of his service were fulfilled, he went to his house.
24 And after these days Elizabeth his wife conceived and stayed in seclusion for five months, saying,
25 In this way has the Lord dealt with me in the days in which He looked upon me to take away my areproach among men.
B. His Conception
26 And in the sixth month the angel aGabriel was sent from God to a city of 1Galilee named bNazareth,
27 To a avirgin engaged to a man named bJoseph, of the house of 1cDavid; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And he came to her and said, Rejoice, you who have been graced! The Lord is awith 1you.
29 And she was greatly troubled at this saying and began reasoning what kind of greeting this might be.
30 And the angel said to her, Do anot be afraid, Mary, for you have found bgrace with God.
31 And behold, you will aconceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name 1bJesus.
32 He will be agreat and will be called bSon of the 1cMost High; and the Lord God will give to Him the dthrone of 2eDavid His father,
33 And He will 1reign over the house of Jacob aforever, and of His 2kingdom there will be bno end.
34 But Mary said to the angel, How will this be, since I have not known a man?
35 And the angel answered and said to her, The 1Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the aMost High will 2overshadow you; therefore also the 3bholy thing which is born will be called the cSon of God.
36 And behold, Elizabeth your relative, she also has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who is called barren,
37 Because no word will be 1aimpossible 2with God.
38 And Mary said, Behold, the slave of the Lord. May it happen to me according to your word. And the aangel departed from her.
39 And Mary rose up in those days and went to the ahill country with haste, to a city of Judah,
40 And entered into the house of Zachariah and greeted Elizabeth.
41 And when Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the 1baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the aHoly Spirit.
42 And she lifted up her voice with a loud cry and said, 1aBlessed are you among women, and blessed is the 2bfruit of your womb!
43 And how has this happened to me, that the mother of my 1aLord should come to me?
44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby leaped with exultation in my womb.
45 1And blessed is she who has 2abelieved, because there will be a 3completion of the things spoken to her from the Lord.
46 And Mary said, 1My asoul 2bmagnifies the Lord,
47 And my aspirit 1has bexulted in God my cSavior;
48 Because He has alooked upon the low estate of His slave. For behold, from now on all generations will count me bblessed,
49 Because the 1aMighty One has done bgreat things for me, and choly is His name.
50 And His 1amercy is unto bgenerations and generations, unto those who cfear Him.
51 He has exercised might with His aarm; He has scattered those who are bproud in the understanding of their heart.
52 He has brought down apotentates from thrones and has bexalted the chumble;
53 The ahungry He has filled with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
54 He has upheld Israel His aservant to bremember mercy,
55 Even 1as He spoke to our fathers, to aAbraham and to his seed forever.
56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.
C. His Forerunner's Birth and Youth
57 Now the time was fulfilled for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.
58 And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had magnified His mercy with her, and they rejoiced with her.
59 And on the eighth day they came to acircumcise the little child, and they tried to call him after the name of his father, Zachariah.
60 Yet his mother answered and said, No, but he shall be called aJohn.
61 And they said to her, There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.
62 And they gestured to his father as to what he would want him to be called.
63 And asking for a tablet, he wrote, saying, John is his name. And they all marveled.
64 And his 1mouth was opened instantly, and his atongue loosed, and he began to speak, blessing God.
65 And afear came on all those dwelling around them, and in all the bhill country of Judea all these 1things were spread about.
66 And all who heard these things put them in their aheart, saying, What then will this little child be? For indeed the hand of the Lord was bwith him.
67 And Zachariah his father was filled with the aHoly Spirit and prophesied, saying,
68 aBlessed be the Lord, the God of bIsrael, because He has cvisited and accomplished 1dredemption for His people,
69 And raised a 1ahorn of salvation for us in the house of bDavid His servant,
70 Even 1as He spoke through the mouth of His holy aprophets 2from of old --
71 aSalvation from our enemies and from the bhand of all who hate us,
72 To accomplish 1mercy with our fathers and to 2aremember His holy bcovenant,
73 The 1aoath which He swore to Abraham our father,
74 To grant us that we, having been delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might 1serve Him without fear,
75 In 1aholiness and brighteousness before Him all our days.
76 And you also, little child, shall be called a aprophet of the bMost High, for you will go cbefore the 1Lord to 2dprepare His ways,
77 To give knowledge of asalvation to His people by the bforgiveness of their sins,
78 Because of the merciful acompassions of our God, in which the rising 1bsun will cvisit us from on high,
79 To shine upon those sitting in adarkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of bpeace.
80 And the little child agrew and became strong in 1spirit, and he was in the bwilderness until the day of his presentation to Israel.
1 And in those days a decree went out from aCaesar Augustus for a bcensus to be taken of all the inhabited earth.
2 This was the 1first census that took place when Quirinius agoverned Syria.
3 And all went to be registered, each to his own city.
4 And aJoseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of bNazareth into Judea, to David's city, which is called cBethlehem, because he was of the 1house and family of David,
5 To be registered with Mary, who was engaged to him and was apregnant.
6 And while they were there, the days were fulfilled for her to bear,
7 And she 1abore her bfirstborn son; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a 2manger because there was no place for them in the cinn.
8 And there were 1shepherds in the same region, spending their nights in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And an aangel of the Lord bstood by them, and the cglory of the Lord shone around them; and they dfeared greatly.
10 And the angel said to them, Do anot be afraid; for behold, I bannounce to you good news of cgreat joy, which will be for dall the people,
11 Because today a aSavior has been bborn to you in cDavid's city, who is dChrist the eLord.
12 And this will be the 1sign to you: you will find a 2baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly aarmy, 1bpraising God and saying,
14 1aGlory in the bhighest places to God, and on cearth 1dpeace among 2men of His egood pleasure.
15 And when the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds spoke to one another, Let us go then to Bethlehem and see this 1thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.
16 And they came in haste and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.
17 And when they had seen this, they made known the word which was spoken to them concerning this little child.
18 And all those who heard marveled at the things spoken to them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her aheart.
20 And the shepherds returned, aglorifying and praising God for all the things which they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken to them.
1. Circumcised and Named
21 And when eight days were fulfilled to acircumcise Him, His name was called bJesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
2. Presented and Adored
22 And when the days for their apurification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they bbrought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord
23 (Even as it is written in the alaw of the Lord, b"Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord''),
24 And to give a sacrifice according to what is said in the 1law of the Lord: 2A pair of turtledoves or two young doves.
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. And this man was 1arighteous and bdevout, cwaiting for the 2dconsolation of Israel, and the eHoly Spirit was upon him.