the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a
town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to
a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The
virgins name was Mary. And he came to her and said,
Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.
But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what
sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her,
Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour
with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and
bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great,
and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord
God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.
He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of
his kingdom there will be no end. Mary said to the
angel, How can this be, since I am a virgin?
The angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come
upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow
you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will
be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth
in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the
sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing
will be impossible with God. Then Mary said, Here
am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according
to your word. Then the angel departed from her.