1: 26 - 38
the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendent of
David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and
said, "Greetings, you are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this
might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you
have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth
to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great
and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give
him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of
Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the
Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be
called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have
a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth
month. For nothing is impossible with God."
am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have
said. " Then the angel left her.
1: 18 - 21
is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was
pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was
found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph was
a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had
in mind to divorce her quietly.
after he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeard to him in a dream
and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your
wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She
will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because
he will save his people from their sins."
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