THE GOSPEL OF S. LUKE
Luke, Chapter 1

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Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to compile a treatise of those things, which are surely known among us, even as they declared them unto us, which from the beginning saw them theirselves, and were ministers at the doing: I determined also, as soon as I had searched out diligently all things from the beginning, that I would then write to you, good Theophilus: that you might know the certainty of those things, whereof you are informed.

The First Chapter

Because Elizabeth —because that Elizabeth (Orig.)

Zacharias

Elizabeth

There was in the days of Herod king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abijah. And his wife was of the daughters of Aaron: And her name was Elizabeth. Both were perfect before God, and walked in all the laws and ordinances of the Lord, that no man could find fault with them. And they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren and both were well stricken in age.

And it came to pass, as he executed the priest’s office before God, as his course came (according to the custom of the priest’s office) his lot was to burn incense. And went into the temple of the Lord and the whole multitude of the people were without in prayer while the incense was aburning. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was abashed, and fear came on him.

John.

* To make the children have such an heart to God as Abraham and the Fathers had.

And the angel said unto him: fear not Zacharias, for your prayer is heard: And your wife Elizabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name John, and you shall have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall neither drink wine nor strong drink. And he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even in his mother’s womb: and many of the children of Israel shall he turn to their Lord God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts* of the fathers to the children, and the unbelievers to the wisdom of the just men: to make the people ready for the Lord.

A Sign is asked.

And Zacharias said unto the angel: Whereby shall I know this? seeing that I am old and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answered and said unto him: I am Gabriel that stands in the presence of God, and am sent to speak unto you: and to show you these glad tidings. And behold you shall be dumb, and not able to speak until the time that these things be performed, because you believed not my words which shall be fulfilled in their season.

And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he tarried in the temple. And when he came out, he could not speak to them. Whereby they perceived that he had seen some vision in the temple. And he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

And it fortuned, as soon as the time of his office was out, he departed home into his own house. And after those days, his wife Elizabeth conceived, and hid herself five months saying: This wise has God dealt with me in the days when he looked on me, to take from me the rebuke that I suffered among men.

Mary.

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel went in unto her, and said: Hail full of grace, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women.

And wondered what manner —and cast in her mynde (Orig.)

Jesus.

When she saw him, she was abashed at his saying: and wondered what manner of salutation that should be. And the angel said unto her: fear not Mary: for you have found grace with God. Lo: you shall conceive in your womb, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest. And the Lord God shall give unto him the seat of his father David, and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom shall be no end.

Then said Mary to the angel: How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you. Therefore also that holy thing which shall be born, shall be called the Son of God. And behold, your cousin Elizabeth she has also conceived a son in her age. And this is her sixth month, though she be called barren: for with God can nothing be impossible. And Mary said: behold the handmaiden of the Lord, be it unto me even as you have said. And the angel departed from her.

Mary greeteth Elizabeth.

And Mary arose in those days, and went into the mountains with haste, into a city of Judah and entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth. And it fortuned, as Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe sprung in her belly. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost, and cried with a loud voice, and said: Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And whence happens this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For lo, as soon as the voice of your salutation sounded in my ears, the babe sprang in my belly for joy. And blessed are you that believed: for those things shall be performed which were told you from the Lord. And Mary said.

Magnificat.

My soul magnifies the Lord.

And my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour

For he has looked on the poor degree of his handmaiden. Behold now from henceforth shall all generations call me blessed.

For he that is mighty has done to me great things, and holy is his name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.

He shows strength with his arm, he scatters them that are proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He puts down the mighty from their seats, and exalts them of low degree.

He fills the hungry with good things: and sends away the rich empty.

He remembers mercy: and helps his servant Israel.

Even as he promised to our fathers, Abraham and to his seed forever.

About three months —aboute a .iii. monethes (Orig.)

And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned again to her own house.

John is born.

Elizabeth’s time was come that she should be delivered, and she brought forth a son. And her neighbors and her cousins heard tell how the Lord had showed great mercy upon her, and they rejoiced with her.

Glorifying —lawdynge (Orig.)

And it fortuned the eighth day: they came to circumcise the child: and called his name Zacharias, after the name of his father. Howbeit his mother answered, and said: not so, but he shall be called John. And they said to her: There is none of your kin, that is named with this name. And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And he asked for writing tables and wrote saying: his name is John. And they marveled all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue also, and he spoke glorifying God. And fear came on all them that dwelt nigh unto them. And all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea and all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts saying: What manner child shall this be? And the hand of the Lord was with him.

And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied saying:

Benedictus.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people.

And has raised up an horn of salvation unto us, in the house of his servant David.

Even as he promised by the mouth of his holy prophets which were since the world began:

That we should be saved from our enemies and from the hands of all that hate us:

To fulfill the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant.

To give us —for to geve vs (Orig.)

And to perform the oath which he swore to our father Abraham, to give us.

That we delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, all the days of our life, in such holiness and righteousness that are acceptable before him.

And you child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: for you shall go before the face of the Lord, to prepare his ways:

And to give knowledge of salvation unto his people, for the remission of sins:

Was in the wilderness —was in wyldernes (Orig.)

* Christ is the dayspring that giveth light to them that sit in darkness of the ignorance of God.

Through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the dayspring* from on high has visited us.

To give light to them that sat in darkness and in shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

And the child grew and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the wilderness, till the day came when he should show himself to the Israelites.

 

 

THE GOSPELL OF S. LUKE

For as moche as many have taken in hand to compyle a treates of thoo thinges, which are surely knowen amonge vs, even as they declared them vnto vs, which from the beginnynge sawe them their selves, and were ministers at the doyng: I determined also, assone as I had searched out diligently all thinges from the beginnynge, that then I wolde wryte vnto the, good Theophilus: that thou myghtest knowe the certente of thoo thinges, wher of thou arte informed.

The Fyrst Chapter

There was in the dayes of Herode kynge of Iurie, a certayne prest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia. And his wyfe was of the doughters of Aaron: And her name was Elizabeth. Booth were perfect before God, and walked in all the lawes and ordinances of the Lorde, that no man coulde fynde faute with them. And they had no chylde, because that Elizabeth was barren and booth were well stricken in age.

And it cam to passe, as he executed the prestes office before God, as his course came (accordinge to the custome of the prestes office) his lot was to bourne incence. And went into the temple of the Lorde and the whoale multitude of the people were without in prayer whill the incense was aburnynge. And ther appered vnto him an angell of the Lorde stondinge on the ryght syde of the altare of incense. And when Zacharias sawe him, he was abasshed, and feare came on him.

And the angell sayde vnto him: feare not Zachary, for thy prayer is hearde: And thy wyfe Elizabeth shall beare the a sonne, and thou shalt call his name Iohn, and thou shalt have ioye and gladnes, and many shall reioyce at his birth. For he shal be greate in the sight of the Lorde, and shall nether drinke wyne ner stronge drinke. And he shal be filled with the Holy Goost, even in his mothers wombe: and many of the chyldren of Israel shall he tourne to their Lorde God. And he shall goo before him in the sprete and power of Helyas, to tourne the hertes of the fathers to the chyldren, and the vnbelevers to the wysdom of the iuste men: to make the people redy for the Lorde.

And Zacharias sayde vnto the angell: Wherby shall I knowe this? seinge that I am olde and my wyfe well stricken in yeares. And the angell answered and sayde vnto him: I am Gabriell that stonde in the presens of God, and am sent to speake vnto the: and to shewe the these glad tydinges. And beholde thou shalt be domme, and not able to speake vnttyll the tyme that these thinges be performed, because thou belevedst not my wordes which shal be fulfilled in their season.

And the people wayted for Zacharias, and mervelled that he taryed in the temple. And when he cam oute, he could not speake vnto them. Wherby they perceaved that he had sene some vision in the temple. And he beckened vnto them, and remayned speachlesse.

And it fortuned, as sone as the tyme of his office was oute, he departed home into his awne housse. And after thoose dayes, his wyfe Elizabeth conceaved, and hyd hersylfe .v. monethes sayinge: This wyse hath God dealte with me in the dayes when he loked on me, to take from me the rebuke that I suffred amonge men.

And in the .vi. moneth the angell Gabriel was sent from God vnto a cite of Galile, named Nazareth, to a virgin spoused to a man whose name was Ioseph, of the housse of David, and the virgins name was Mary. And the angell went in vnto her, and sayde: Hayle full of grace, the Lorde is with the: blessed arte thou amonge wemen.

When she sawe him, she was abasshed at his sayinge: and cast in her mynde what maner of salutacion that shuld be. And the angell sayde vnto her: feare not Mary: for thou hast founde grace with God. Loo: thou shalt conceave in thy wombe, and shalt beare a sonne, and shalt call his name Iesus. He shal be greate, and shal be called the Sonne of the Hyest. And the Lorde God shall geve vnto him the seate of his father David, and he shall raygne over the housse of Iacob for ever, and of his kyngdome shal be none ende.

Then sayd Mary vnto the angell: How shall this be, seinge I knowe not a man? And the angell answered and sayd vnto her: The Holy Goost shall come apon the, and the power of the Hyest shall overshaddowe the. Therfore also that holy thinge which shal be borne, shal be called the Sonne of God. And beholde, thy cosen Elizabeth she hath also conceaved a sonne in her age. And this is hyr sixte moneth, though she be called barren: for with God can nothinge be vnpossible. And Mary sayd: beholde the hondemayden of the Lorde, be it vnto me even as thou hast sayde. And the angell departed from her.

And Mary arose in thoose dayes, and went into the mountayns with hast, into a cite of Iurie and entred into the housse of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth. And it fortuned, as Elizabeth hearde the salutacion of Mary, the babe spronge in her belly. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Goost, and cryed with a loude voyce, and sayd: Blessed arte thou amonge wemen, and blessed is the frute of thy wombe. And whence hapeneth this to me, that the mother of my Lorde shuld come to me? For loo, as sone as the voyce of thy salutacion sownded in myne eares, the babe sprange in my belly for ioye. And blessed arte thou that belevedst: for thoose thinges shal be performed wich were tolde the from the Lorde. And Mary sayde.

My soule magnifieth the Lorde.

And my sprete reioyseth in God my Savioure

For he hath loked on the povre degre of his hondemayden. Beholde now from henceforth shall all generacions call me blessed.

For he that is myghty hath done to me greate thinges, and holye is his name.

And his mercy is on them that feare him thorowoute all generacions.

He sheweth strength with his arme, he scattereth them that are proude in the ymaginacion of their hertes.

He putteth doune the myghty from their seates, and exalteth them of lowe degre.

He filleth the hongry with good thinges: and sendeth awaye the ryche emptye.

He remenbreth mercy: and helpeth his servaunt Israel.

Even as he promised to oure fathers, Abraham and to his seede for ever.

And Mary aboode with hyr aboute a .iii. monethes, and retourned agayne to hyr awne housse.

Elizabethes tyme was come that she shuld be delyvered, and she brought forth a sonne. And her neghboures and her cosins hearde tell how the Lorde had shewed great mercy vpon her, and they reioysed with her.

And it fortuned the eyght daye: they cam to circumcise the chylde: and called his name Zacharias, after the name of his father. Howbeit his mother answered, and sayd: not so, but he shal be called Ihon. And they sayd vnto hyr: Ther is none of thy kynne, that is named with this name. And they made signes to his father, how he wolde have him called. And he axed for wrytynge tables and wroote saying: his name is Iohn. And they marvelled all. And his mouthe was opened immediatly, and his tonge also, and he spake lawdynge God. And feare came on all them that dwelt nye vnto them. And all these sayinges were noysed abroade throughout all the hyll countre of Iurie and all they that herde them layde them vp in their hertes saying: What maner chylde shall this be? And the honde of the Lorde was with him.

And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Goost, and prophisyed sayinge:

Blessed be the Lorde God of Israel, for he hath visited and redemed his people.

And hath reysed vp an horne of salvacion vnto vs, in the housse of his servaunt David.

Even as he promised by the mouth of his holy prophetes which were sens the worlde began

That we shuld be saved from oure enemies and from the hondes of all that hate vs:

To fulfill the mercy promised to oure fathers, and to remember his holy covenaunt.

And to performe the oothe which he sware to oure father Abraham, for to geve vs.

That we delyvered oute of the hondes of oure enemyes, myght serve him with oute feare, all the dayes of oure lyfe, in suche holynes and ryghtewesnes that are accept before him.

And thou chylde, shalt be called the prophet of the Hyest: for thou shalt goo before the face of the Lorde, to prepare his wayes:

And to geve knowlege of salvacion vnto his people, for the remission of synnes:

Through the tender mercy of oure God, wherby the daye springe from on hye hath visited vs.

To geve light to them that sate in darcknes and in shadowe of deth, and to gyde oure fete into the waye of peace.

And the chylde grew and wexed stronge in sprete, and was in wyldernes, tyll the daye cam when he shuld shewe himsylfe vnto the Israhelites.