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18 Pray for us: for we are persuaded we have a good conscience,
19 desiring to conduct ourselves aright in all points. And I appeal to you more and more to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of
21 the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, even our Lord Jesus, equip you with all good for obedience to his will, working in us what is wellpleasing in his eight through Jesus Christ—to whom be the honour for ever and ever: Amen.
22 Now I appeal to you, brothers, bear with the word of appeal; for
23 indeed I have written to you briefly. Know that our brother Timotheus has been released: in company with him I will see you, if he is coming
24 soon. Salute all your chief men, and all the saints. Those of Italy salute you.
25 Grace be with you alL
For the writers of the gospels the religious interest is supreme. Their main concern is not to give scrupulously exact accounts of facts, but to make the moral and religious significance of the facts apparent. . . . One very marked feature of this gospel is what may be called the idealisation of the characters of Jesus and the disciples. These are contemplated not in the light of memory, as in Mark, but through the brightly-coloured medium of faith. The evangelist does not forget that the personages of whom he writes are now the risen Lord and the apostles of the church. Jesus appears with an aureole round his head, and the faults of the disciples are very tenderly handled. . . . The author of the third gospel avowedly had a didactic aim. But there is no trace of a dominant theological or controversial aim. He appears to be an eclectio, rather than a man whose mind is dominated by a great ruling idea. Distinct if not conflicting tendencies or religious types find house-room in his pages: Pauline universalism, Jewish particularism, Ebiouitic social ideals.
A. B. Bruce.
1*-4U John and Jesus: the birth-narratives,
3°"" the genealogy of Jesus.
41-u the temptation of Jesus.
4>*-9M The Galilaean ministry)
414-5U Nazareth,—Eapharnahum,—the lake of Gennesaret—miracles
and teaching. 5U-6* Choice of the twelve—" sermon on mount."
7-<i'-" Jesus and John—miracles and teaching.
9»-» The transfiguration: predictions of the Passion.
9"-19" The ministry outside Galilee ■ towards Jerusalem.
Samaria—mission of the Seventy-two: 11-1710 teaching: cycle of sayings on prayer, Satan, signs, current
religion, providence, the coming of the Son of man, repentance, the Sabbath, miracles and parables. 17u-18") teaching: cycle of sayings on "days of Son of man," prayer,
humility, etc. 1880"*4 prediction of Passion.
19M-2188 The ministry in Jerusalem I
19"-2047 entrance—in the temple—discussion and teaching.
21 the apocalypse of Jesus
22-23 The Passion of Jesus i
Judas—the supper—in the garden.
the trial, sentence, crucifixion, and death.
24 After death: appearances of Jesus—his charges and departure.
1 1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compose a narrative upon the
2 subject of what are matters of conviction among us, even as they were handed on to us by those who were eye-witnesses and servants of the word
3 from the beginning; I also determined, as I have accurately investigated all from the very first, that I would write them for thee in order, most
4 excellent Theophilus, to let thee understand the reliable truth about the affairs of which thou hast been informed.
5 In the days of Herod, king of Judaea, there was a priest named Zachariah, belonging to the course of Abijah ; and he had a wife belong
6 ing to the daughters of Aaron, whose name was Elizabeth. They were both upright before God, walking in all the commandments and
7 ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both advanced in years.
8 Now it came to pass while he was officiating as priest before God in his
9 usual course, it fell to him by lot (after the custom of the priesthood) to
10 enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense. And all the multitude
11 of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. And an angel of the Lord was seen by him, standing on the right side of the
12 alter of incense. And Zachariah was troubled at the sight, and fear fell
13 upon him. But the angel said to him,
"Fear not, Zachariah! for thy prayer has been heard,
14 And joy shall be thine and rejoicing,
Yea many shall joy over his birth.
15 For he shall be great before the Lord,
And shall drink no wine or strong drink, And with the holy Spirit shall he be filled even from his mother's womb;
16 And many of the sons of Israel shall he turn back to the Lord
17 Yea, he shall go in front before His face in the spirit and power of
the thoughtfulneas of the upright—
18 And Zachariah said to the angel, "How shall I be sure of this 1 for I am
19 an aged man, and my wife is advanced in years." And in reply the angel said to him,
"I am Gabriel who stands before God,
20 And lo, thou shalt be silent and unable to speak
Until the day when this comes to pass,
Because thou hast not believed my words,
Words that shall be fulfilled at their due time."
21 And the people were waiting for Zachariah; and as he delayed in the
22 sanctuary, they wondered. When he did come out, he could not speak to them, and they realised that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary; then
23 he went on making signs to them, and continued dumb. And it came to
24 pass, when the days or his service had elapsed, he went away home. Now after these days Elizabeth his wife conceived. And she concealed herself
25 for five months, saying, "Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when he has deigned to remove my reproach among men!"
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a
27 city of Galilee named Nazaret, to a maiden who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, belonging to the house of David ; and the maiden's name
28 was Mary. And he came in to her and said, "Hail, 0 highly favoured!
29 The Lord be with thee!" Startled at the saying, she began to reflect
30 what such a salutation as this could mean. But the angel said to her,
"Fear not, Mary! thou hast found favour with God.
31 And lo, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bear a son and call
his name Jesus 1
32 He shall be great, and shall be called 'Son of the most High,'
And the Lord God shall give him the throne of David his father;
33 And he shall reign over the nouse of Jacob for ever,
And of his reign there shall be no end."
34 And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I know not a
35 man?" And in reply the angel said to her,
"The holy Spirit shall come upon thee,
And the power of the most High shall overshadow thee,
Therefore also what is born shall be called holy, 'Son of God.'
36 And lo, Elizabeth thy kinswoman, she too has conceived a son in
her old age,
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible."
38 And Mary said, "Here am I, the handmaid of the Lord! Be it to me according to thy word." Then the angel went awav from her.
39 Now in these days Mary rose and journeyed into the hill-country with haste
40 to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zachariah and saluted
41 Elizabeth. And it came to pass, when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the
42 holy Spirit, and she called out with a loud cry and said,
"Blessed art thou among women!
43 And what have I done that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For lo, when the sound of thy salutation reached my ears, The infant leaped in my womb with rejoicing.
45 And happy is she who believed there should be fulfilment of what
had been told her from the Lord!"
46 And Mary said,
"My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour,
48 Because with favour has he looked on the humiliation of his handmaid—
For lo, from this time all generations shall call me happy—
49 Because the mighty One has done for me great things;
And holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is to generations and generations,
For those who fear him.
51 A deed of might has he done with his arm,
He has scattered the haughty with their heart's device;
52 He has cast princes down from thrones and raised the humble,
53 The hungry he has satisfied with good things, and the rich he has
sent away empty.
54 He has given succour to Israel his servant,
That he might remember mercy—
55 Even as he spoke to our fathers—
For Abraham and for his offspring for ever."
56 So Mary stayed with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
57 Now the time for Elizabeth's delivery had elapsed, and she bore a son.
58 And her neighbours and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown supreme
59 mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And it came to pass on the eighth day that they came to circumcise the child; and they were going
60 to call him after the name of his father, Zachariah. But his mother
61 answered and said, "No! he shall be called John." And thev said to her, "There is no one belonging to thy kinsfolk who is called by this
62 name." So they proceeded to make signs to his father, to find out what
63 he would have him called. And he demanded a writing-tablet, and
64 wrote the words, " His name is John." And they all wondered. And instantly his mouth was opened, and his tongue; and he began to speak,
65 blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbours; and all these
66 events were talked of throughout the whole hill-country of Judaea. And all who heard them laid them up in their heart, saving, "What ever is this child to be?" For the hand of the Lord also was with him.
67 And Zachariah, his father, was filled with the holy Spirit and prophesied, saying:
68 "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
Because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,
69 And raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David his servant—
70 Even as he spoke through the lips of his holy prophets from of
71 Safety from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 To deal mercifully with our fathers,
And to remember his holy covenant,
73 The oath which he swore to AbraJiam. our father,
74 To grant that unafraid, rescued from the hand of our enemies,
75 We should serve him in holiness and uprightness
In his presence all our days.
76 Yea and thou, child, shalt be called, 'prophet of the most
High'; For thou shalt precede the face of the Lord to make ready his ways,
77 To give knowledge of salvation to his people
Through remission of their sins,