4ust; to mae ready a people prepared for the 2ord. And (a!harias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I now this5 for I am an old man, and my wife well stri!en in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presen!e of God; and am sent to spea unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to spea, until the day that thesethings shall be performed, be!ause thou belie#est not my words, whi!h shall be fulfilled in their season.And the people waited for (a!harias, and mar#elled that he tarried so long in the temple. And when he !ame out, he !ould not spea unto them0 and they per!ei#ed that he had seen a #ision in the temple0 for he be!oned unto them, and remained spee!hless. And it !ame to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were a!!omplished, he departed to his own house. And after those days his wife $lisabeth !on!ei#ed, and hid herself fi#e months, saying, Thus hath the 2ord dealt with me in the days wherein he looed on
, to tae away my reproa!h among men.
Gabriel visits Mary
And in the si%th month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a !ity of Galilee, named )a+areth, To a #irgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of &a#id; and the #irgin3s name
/ary. And the angel !ame in unto her, and said, 1ail,
thou that art
highly fa#oured, the 2ord
with thee0 blessed
thou among women. And when she saw
, she was troubled at his saying, and !ast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, "ear not, /ary0 for thou hast found fa#our with God. And, behold, thou shalt !on!ei#e in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt !all his name J$SS. 1e shall be great, and shall be !alled the Son of the 1ighest0 and the 2ord God shall gi#e unto him the throne of his father &a#id0 And he shall reign o#er the house of Ja!ob for e#er; and of his ingdom there shall be no end. Then said /ary unto the angel, 1ow shall this be, seeing I now not a man5 And the angel answered and said unto her, The 1oly Ghost shall !ome upon thee, and the power of the 1ighest shall o#ershadow thee0 therefore also that holy thing whi!h shall be born of thee shall be !alled the Son of God. And, behold, thy !ousin $lisabeth, she hath also !on!ei#ed a son in her old age0 and this is the si%th month with her, who was !alled barren. "or with God nothing shall be impossible. And /ary said, *ehold the handmaid of the 2ord; be it unto me a!!ording to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Mary visits Elizabeth John's mother
And /ary arose in those days, and went into the hill !ountry with haste, into a !ity of Juda; And entered into the house of (a!harias, and saluted $lisabeth. And it !ame to pass, that, when $lisabeth heard the salutation of /ary, the babe leaped in her womb; and $lisabeth was filled with the 1oly Ghost0 And she spae out with a loud #oi!e, and said, *lessed
thou among women, and blessed
the fruit of thy womb. And when!e
this to me, that the mother of my 2ord should !ome to me5 "or, lo, as soon as the #oi!e of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for 4oy. And blessed
she that belie#ed0 for there shall be a performan!e of those things whi!h were told her from the 2ord. And /ary said, /y soul doth magnify the 2ord, And my spirit hath re4oi!ed in God mySa#iour. "or he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden0 for, behold, from hen!eforth all generations shall !all me blessed. "or he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy
his name. And his mer!y
on them that fear him from generation to generation. 1e hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath s!attered the proud in the imagination oftheir hearts. 1e hath put down the mighty from
seats, and e%alted them of low degree. 1e hath filled the hungry with good things; and the ri!h he hath sent empty away. 1e hath holpen his ser#ant Israel, in remembran!e of
mer!y; As he spae to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for e#er. And /ary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
!irth of John the !aptist