1 [1-4] Because many have taken it upon themselves to write an account of the things which are believed by us without a doubt, just as they were given to us by those, who from the beginning, were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the New Word; It seemed good to me also, having had a clear understanding of this from the very beginning, to write to you an account, in the order that it happened, Theophilus, so that you might know, without a doubt, the things that you’ve been taught.
[5-10] In the days of Herod, the ruler of Judea, there was a priest named Zachariah of the line of Abijah, whose wife, Elisabeth, was of the line of Aaron. And they were both good in the sight of God, following all the teachings of God without fault. But they didn’t have a child, because Elisabeth hadn’t been able to get pregnant, and they were both very old now. And then, while it was Zachariah’s turn to keep the duty of the priest’s office to God, as was the priests’ way of life, he was to burn incense when he went into the place of worship of God. And a large crowd of people were praying outside at this time.
[11-17] An angel of God appeared to him standing on the right side of the altar of incense,and when Zachariah saw the angel, he was uneasy, and afraid. So the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zachariah because your prayer has been heard; and your wife Elisabeth will carry a child for you, and you’ll call the child’s name John. And you’ll have great joy and happiness; and many will celebrate at his birth. And the child will be great in the sight of God, and won’t drink wine, nor alcohol of any kind; and will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before he is born. John will turn many of the children of Israel back to Yahweh their God, and he will go ahead of the Christ in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to the children, and the disobedient ones to the wisdom of being good; to get the people ready for the Christ.”
[18-25] And Zachariah said to the angel, “How will I know? I am very old, and my wife is very old, too.” And the angel answered, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God; and have been sent to speak to you, and to tell you this New Word. Because you didn’t believe my words, which will happen when the time is right, you’ll be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that this happens.” The people outside waited for Zachariah, and wondered why he stayed so long in the place of worship. And when he came out, he couldn’t speak to them, but they realized that he had seen a vision in the place of worship because he waved to them, but still couldn’t speak to them. And then, when he had finished his duties, he went home. And after that, his wife Elisabeth became pregnant and kept herself hidden five months, saying, “God has looked on me and done this to me in order to take away my disrespect among the people.”
[26-29] And when Elisabeth was in her sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a young girl, named Mary, who had never had sexual relations before, and who was engaged to someone named Joseph, of the house of David. And the angel came to her, saying, “Hello, you who are greatly favored; God is with you; You’re the most blessed among all women.” And when she saw the angel, she was uneasy at this greeting, and wondered what kind of greeting it was.
[30-37] And the angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, because you’ve been especially chosen by God. And you’ll become pregnant, and have a Child, and will call the Child’s name Yeshua, who will be great, and will be called the Child of the Most High God. Yahweh God will give the throne of the lineage of David to the Child, who is the rightful Heir: And the Child will reign over the lineage of Jacob forever; and there will be no end to the reign of the Christ. Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I haven’t had sexual relations with anyone yet?” So the angel answered to her, “The Holy Spirit will visit you, and the power of God will make it possible for you: so that the Holy One which you’ll give birth to will be called the Child of God. And your cousin Elisabeth, who couldn’t have a child, has also conceived a child, even in her old age: and this is her sixth month. Nothing is impossible for God. So Mary said, “I am God’s helper; so let it happen to me just as you’ve said.” Then the angel left her.
[39-45] So Mary got up, and quickly went into the countryside, into a city of Judah, going to the house of Zachariah, and greeted Elisabeth. And then, when Elisabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby jumped in her womb; and suddenly Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit: And she spoke loudly, saying, “You’re the most blessed among women, and blessed is the Child inside you. And how is it that the mother of my Christ would come to me? As soon as I heard the sound of your voice, the baby jumped for joy inside me. And you’re blessed because you believed, because everything you were told by God will certainly happen.”
 And Mary said, “My soul greatly blesses Yahweh, my God, and My Spirit celebrates in God my Savior, because God has considered my low place, and from now on, every generation will say that I am blessed, because the Most Powerful has done great things to me! Holy is the Name of Yahweh! God’s mercy is on those who Honor and respect God, from generation to generation. The God, who has shown mighty strength, has confused the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. The God, who has put the powerful down from their places, has lifted up those in low places. The God, who has filled the hungry with good things, has sent the rich away empty handed. The One who has helped Israel, in remembrance of the mercy of God, as God told our ancestors, Abraham, and the descendants of Abraham forever.” And Mary stayed with Elisabeth about three months, and then came back home.
[57-66] Now the time for Elisabeth to give birth came; and she had a son. All her neighbors and her cousins had heard how God had shown great mercy to her; and they celebrated with her. And then, on the eighth day, when they came to cut the flesh of the child; and they called him Zachariah, after his father, Elisabeth said, “No; he will be called John.” And they said to her, “None of your kin is called by that name.” So they made signs to Zachariah, to see what he wanted him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” And everyone was amazed. Then Zachariah was suddenly able to speak, and praised God. And everyone that lived around them was amazed: and told all these stories throughout all the countryside of Judea. And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What a child this will be!” And God’s hand was with him.
[67-80] And the child’s father, Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and praised God, saying, “Blessed is Yahweh, the God of Israel, who has visited and saved the people, and has brought back the way of being saved for us from the lineage of David, God’s helper; As God spoke by the mouth of the great holy preachers, which have been coming since the beginning of the world: that we would be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us, to give us the mercy promised to our ancestors, and to remember the promise of the holy agreement of God; The promise which God swore to our ancestor Abraham, that we would be taken out of the hand of our enemies so that we can serve God without fear, in faithfulness and goodness before God, all the days of our life. And you, child, will be called the great preacher of the Highest because you’ll go before the face of the Christ to get the way ready; To teach God’s people how to be saved by the forgiveness of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God; by which the Dawn of Heaven has visited us, to give light to those who live in darkness and are about to die, and to show us the way of peace.” And the child grew, becoming strong in spirit, and lived in the countryside till the day he was made known to Israel.
2[1-5] And then in those days, Caesar Augustus ordered everyone to be taxed. (And this tax was first collected when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to be taxed, each family to their home town. And Joseph 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 lineage of David 🙂 To be taxed with Mary, who he was engaged to, being great with child.
[6-14] And so it was that while they were there, it was time for her to give birth. And she had her firstborn child in a stable, and wrapped it in long strips of cloth, and laid it in the animal’s food trough; because there was no room for them in the inn. And in this country, there were animal keepers staying in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And the angel of God came to them, and the light of God shone all around them: and they were very afraid. And the angel said, “Don’t be afraid because I bring you good news of great joy, which will be for all people. There has been born today in the city of David, a Savior for you, who is the Christ of God. And this will be a sign to you; You’ll find the baby wrapped in long strips of cloth, lying in the animal’s food trough, in a stable.” And suddenly, a crowd of the heavenly hosts was with the angel, praising God, and saying, “Praise to God, the Most High, who wants peace on earth, and goodness for all people.”
[15-20] And then, as the angels went away from them back into heaven, the animal keepers said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem, now, and see for ourselves this thing that has happened, which God has sent the angel to tell us.” And quickly they came, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the baby lying in the animal’s food trough. And when they had seen it, they told everyone what they had been told about this child. And all those who heard the story were amazed at the things which they were told by the animal keepers. But Mary remembered all this, and thought about them, keeping them in her heart. And the animal keepers came back, worshipping and praising God for everything that they had seen and heard, just as it was told them.
[21-24] And when eight days had ended, the time came for the circumcising of the Child, who was named Yeshua, which was the name given ahead of time by the angel before Mary had become pregnant. And when the days of her rest had ended for the law of Moses, they went to Jerusalem to present the Child to God; (As the Word of God says, “Every firstborn male will be called holy to God;”) And to offer a sacrifice for what is said in God’s Word, a pair of doves, or a pair of young pigeons.
[25-35] And there was someone in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; who was good and dedicated, waiting for the comfort of Israel: and who had been blessed with the Holy Spirit. It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit, that he wouldn’t see death, until he had seen the Christ of God. And being led by the Spirit into the place of worship, when the parents brought the Child Yeshua in, to do as God’s Word said, which was their way of life, he picked the Child up, and blessed God, saying, “God, now let Your worker go in peace, for Your Word, because my eyes have seen Your saving grace, which you’ve prepared even before Your people were created; A light to give light to the other peoples, and the light of Your people Israel.” And Joseph and Mary were amazed at all the things he said. And Simeon blessed them, saying to Mary, the Child’s mother, “This Child is set apart for the rising and fall of many people in Israel; and for a sign which will be badly talked about; (Yes, your own soul will be pierced through, too,) so that the secret thoughts of many hearts will be seen by all.”
[36-40] And there was another person named Anna, a great preacher, the daughter of Phanuel, of the family of Aser: who was of a great age, and had only lived with a husband for seven years from the time she was married; And she was a widow, about eighty-four years old, who never left from the place of worship, but served God by willingly going without food and praying night and day. And she coming in at that instant gave thanks in this way to God, and spoke of God to all those who wanted to be saved in Jerusalem. And when they had performed everything as God’s Word says, they came back to Galilee, to their own home town of Nazareth. And the Child became strong in body, mind, and spirit: and God’s grace was on Yeshua.
[41-45] Now Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem every year at the celebration of the Passover. And when Yeshua was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, as was their way of life, during the celebration. And when the days were over, as they came back, the Child Yeshua stayed behind in Jerusalem; but Joseph and Mary didn’t know it. But they, thinking Yeshua was in the group of people traveling, walked a day’s journey; then looked for Yeshua among their kin people and those known by them. And when they couldn’t find Yeshua, they came back to Jerusalem, looking there.
[46-52] And then, after three days of searching they found Yeshua in the place of worship, sitting in the middle of the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard the Child were amazed at the Christ’s understanding and answers. And when they saw Yeshua, they were amazed: and Yeshua’s mother said, “Child, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have looked everywhere for you and have been so worried about you.” So Yeshua answered, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I would be doing the work of My God? But they didn’t understand what Yeshua had said. So Yeshua came down with them, and went to Nazareth, and obeyed them: but Mary remembered all this, keeping it in her heart. And Yeshua grew up in mind and body, and in favor with God and people.
3[1-9] Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being governor of Galilee, and another governor, Philip, of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the governor of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the leading priests, the Word of God came to John, the child of Zachariah, in the countryside. And John came into all the country around Jordan, preaching the baptism of a changed life to save them from their sins, just as the Word says in the book of Isaiah, the great preacher, saying, “The voice of one calling out in the countryside will get the way of Yahweh God ready, and make the way plain. Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will become level; and the crooked will become straight, and the rough ways will become smooth; And everybody will see the One God sent to save us.” Then John said to the crowd that came out to be baptized, “You snakes! Who warned you to escape from the coming judgment? Don’t just say your sorry, but change your evil ways, and don’t think to yourselves, Abraham is our ancestor because I tell you, that God is able to create more children for Abraham even from these stones. And now the axe is laid to the root of the trees: so every tree which doesn’t make good fruit will be cut down, and put into the fire.”
[10-17] And the people asked John, saying, “What should we do then?” Then John answered them, “Whoever has two coats, let them give to those who have no coat; and whoever has food, let them do the same.” Then the tax collectors came also to be baptized, saying, “John, what should we do?” And John answered, “Take no more than what you’re told to.” And the guards asked John the same, saying, “And what should we do?” So John answered, “Don’t hurt anyone, nor accuse anyone falsely; and be satisfied with your pay.” And as the people were in expectation, and everyone wondered about John in their hearts, whether he was the Christ, or not; John said to them all, “I baptize you with water as a symbol of your changed life: but the One that comes after me is greater than I, whose shoes I am not even worthy to loosen: The Christ will baptize you with the fire of the Holy Spirit: Who holds the fan, and will carefully purge the floor, gathering the wheat into the grain storage; but burning up the waste with unstoppable fire.”
[18-22] And John preached to the people with many other encouragements. But Herod, the governor, was disapproved of by John for Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evil things which Herod had done. So because of this, on top of everything else, he put John in prison. Now when all the people were baptized, and Yeshua, having been baptized, too, was praying, when the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit came down in the bodily shape of a dove, landing on Yeshua. Then a voice came from heaven, which said, “You’re My Child, who I love; I am so pleased with You.”
[23-38] And Yeshua was about thirty years old, being (as was thought) the Child of Joseph, which was the child of Heli, which was the child of Matthat, which was the child of Levi, which was the child of Melchi, which was the child of Janna, which was the child of Joseph, which was the child of Mattathiah, which was the child of Amos, which was the child of Nahum, which was the child of Esli, which was the child of Naggai, which was the child of Maath, which was the child of Mattathiah, which was the child of Semei, which was the child of Joseph, which was the child of Judah, which was the child of Joannas, which was the child of Rhesa, which was the child of Zerubbabel, which was the child of Shealtiel, which was the child of Neri, which was the child of Melchi, which was the child of Addi, which was the child of Cosam, which was the child of Elmodam, which was the child of Er, which was the child of Jose, which was the child of Eliezer, which was the child of Jorim, which was the child of Matthat, which was the child of Levi, which was the child of Simeon, which was the child of Judah, which was the child of Joseph, which was the child of Jonan, which was the child of Eliakim, which was the child of Melea, which was the child of Menan, which was the child of Mattathah, which was the child of Nathan, which was the child of David, which was the child of Jesse, which was the child of Obed, which was the child of Boaz, which was the child of Salmon, which was the child of Nahshon, which was the child of Aminadab, which was the child of Aram, which was the child of Hezron, which was the child of Perez, which was the child of Judah, which was the child of Jacob, which was the child of Isaac, which was the child of Abraham, which was the child of Terah, which was the child of Nahor, which was the child of Saruch, which was the child of Ragau, which was the child of Peleg, which was the child of Heber, which was the child of Shelah, which was the child of Cainan, which was the child of Arphaxad, which was the child of Shem, which was the child of Noah, which was the child of Lamech, which was the child of Methuselah, which was the child of Enoch, which was the child of Jared, which was the child of Mahalalel, which was the child of Cainan, which was the child of Enosh, which was the child of Seth, which was the child of Adam, which was the child of God.
4[1-13] And Yeshua being full of the Holy Spirit came back from the Jordan River, and was led by the Spirit into the countryside, to be tempted by the devil forty days. And Yeshua, who ate nothing during that time, was hungry later. And the devil said, “If You’re the Child of God, tell this stone to become bread.” And Yeshua answered, saying, “It’s written, That a person shouldn’t live by bread alone, but by all the Words of God.” And the devil, taking Yeshua up to a high mountain, showed the Christ all the countries of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said, “I will give you control of all this, and all the victory over what has been given to me; I can give it to whoever I want to. So if you’ll worship me, all of it will be Yours.” And Yeshua answered, “Leave Me alone, Satan, because the Word says, You must worship Yahweh, your God, and Yahweh only, may you serve.” And then Satan brought Yeshua to Jerusalem, to a high point on the place of worship, saying, “If You’re the Child of God, jump down from here: because the Word says, God will give the angels charge over you, to keep you safe: And in their hands they’ll pick you up, in case you ever trip over a stone.” And Yeshua answered, “It’s said, You shouldn’t tempt, Yahweh, your God.” And when all the temptations were over, Satan left the Christ for a while.
[14-20] And Yeshua came back by the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and word went out about the Christ through the whole area. And Yeshua taught in their worship services, being praised by all. And then Yeshua came to Nazareth, where the Christ had been brought up: And as their way of life was, Yeshua went into the place of worship on a Seventh Day, and stood up to read. And the book of the great preacher Isaiah was given to Yeshua. And the Christ opened the book, finding the place where it was written, “The Spirit of God is on Me, who has anointed Me to preach the New Word to those who are poor; and has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach freedom to those who are enslaved, to give back sight to those who are blind, to set free those who are abused, to preach that now is the right time for God.” And the Christ closed the book, and gave it back to the minister, and sat down. And all those, who were in the place of worship, stared at Yeshua.
[21-32] And so the Christ said, “Today, what this Word says has happened in your hearing.” And all who witnessed this were amazed at the gracious words which came out of Yeshua’s mouth. And they asked, “Isn’t this Joseph’s child?” So Yeshua answered, “You’ll certainly tell Me this saying, ‘Doctor, heal yourself: whatever we’ve heard that was done in Capernaum, do also here in your country.’” And then Yeshua said, “The truth is, no great preacher is accepted in their own country. The truth is, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when it didn’t rain for three and a half years, when a great hunger went throughout the whole land; But Elijah was sent to none of them, except to Sarepta, a city of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elijah, the great preacher; and none of them were healed, except Naaman the Syrian.” And everyone in the place of worship, when they heard this, were angry, and got up, leading the Christ out of the city and to the edge of the hill that their city was built on, to throw Yeshua down headfirst. But passing through the middle of them, Yeshua got away, and came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Days of Worship. And they were amazed at Yeshua’s teachings, because the Christ spoke with power.
[33-37] And in the place of worship there was someone, who had an evil spirit, and hollered out with a loud voice, saying, “Leave us alone; what have we to do with you, Yeshua of Nazareth? Have you come to get rid of us? I know who you are; You’re the Holy One of God.” And Yeshua scolded them, saying, “Be quiet, and get out of this person.” And when the evil spirit had thrown the person down in the middle of them, it came out, without hurting the person. And everyone was amazed, and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a powerful word this is! Yeshua orders the evil spirits with power and control, and they obey.” And Yeshua became famous all over the countryside.
[38-44] And Yeshua left from the place of worship, and went to Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother had a high fever; and they begged the Christ to heal her. And Yeshua stood over her, and told the fever to leave; and it left her. Then suddenly she got up and served them all. Now when the sun was setting, all those who had anyone sick, with many different diseases, brought them to the Christ; who laid hands on them, and healed them all. And evil spirits came out of many, hollering out, and saying, “You’re the Christ, the Child of God.” And Yeshua wouldn’t let them speak because they knew that Yeshua was the Christ. And in the morning, the Christ left, going into a deserted place. But the people looked for the Christ, and came, and stayed with Yeshua, so that the Christ couldn’t leave them. But Yeshua answered, “I must preach about the realm of God to other cities also, because this is why I was sent.” And the Christ preached in all the places of worship of Galilee.