1 Forasmuch as [a]many have [b]taken in hand to set forth the story of those things, whereof we are fully persuaded,

2 [c]As they have delivered them unto us, which from the beginning saw them themselves, and were ministers of the word,

3 It seemed good also to me ([d]most noble Theophilus) as soon as I had searched out perfectly all things [e]from the beginning, to write unto thee thereof from point to point,

4 That thou mightest [f]acknowledge the certainty of those things whereof thou hast been instructed.

5 In [g]the [h]time of [i]Herod King of Judea, there was a certain Priest named Zacharias, of the [j]course of Abijah: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

6 Both were [k]just before God, and [l]walked in all the [m]commandments and ordinances of the Lord, [n]without reproof.

7 And they had no child, because that Elizabeth was barren: and both were well stricken in age.


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