Luke 1:1

“Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Forasmuch as many haue taken in hande to set foorth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely beleeued among vs,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to draw up a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us,
- American Standard Version (1901)

As a number of attempts have been made to put together in order an account of those events which took place among us,
- Basic English Bible

Forasmuch as many have undertaken to draw up a relation concerning the matters fully believed among us,
- Darby Bible

Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
- Webster's Bible

Seeing that many have attempted to draw up a narrative of the facts which are received with full assurance among us
- Weymouth Bible

Since many have undertaken to set in order a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us,
- World English Bible

Forsothe for manye men enforceden to ordeyne the tellyng of thingis, whiche ben fillid in vs,
- Wycliffe Bible

Seeing that many did take in hand to set in order a narration of the matters that have been fully assured among us,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 1:1


1:1-2 This short, weighty, artless, candid dedication, belongs to the Acts, as well as the Gospel of St. Luke. Many have undertaken - He does not mean St. Matthew or Mark; and St. John did not write so early. For these were eye witnesses themselves and ministers of the word.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 1:1


Lu 1:1 The Birth of John SUMMARY OF LUKE 1: Preface. The Announcement to Mary. The Visit of Mary to Elisabeth. The Prophecies of Mary and Elisabeth. The Birth of John. The Prophecy of Zacharias. The Child in the Deserts. Forasmuch as many. Lu 1:1-4 are an introduction. They explain that already many narratives of Christ had been written, that these were by eye witnesses and ministers of the word, that Luke had made a careful examination of all these sources of information, and thought it good, "having traced all things accurately from the first, to write them out in order" (Lu 1:3). We thus learn that at least as early as twenty-seven years after the death of Christ (see Introduction to Luke) many histories of eye witnesses and ministers had already written, of which only two, Matthew and Mark, have come down to us.

Discussion for Luke 1

  • A disciple
    "And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years." Difficulties and sorrows and being deprived of the natural comforts and good things of this life, did not keep Zechariah and Elizabeth from loving the LORD and walking faithfully with Him; and they found out one day, how God had a special plan for them: to be the parents of John the Baptist!
  • A disciple
    "And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless." God has given us commandments and statutes for living good and holy before Him. The reason He gave us commandments, is for us to do them, that we may live and be blessed. We have all heard the devil's lies, saying that "no one can keep the commandments;" this is to get us to sin!
  • A disciple
    "...most excellent Theophilus," I found out, by reading in Josephus, that Theophilus was the High Priest at the time Luke wrote his books about Jesus coming in the flesh, and the subsequent divine workings begun upon the Disciples after His ascension and glory. The sons of Aaron were charged with keeping of the Holy Things of God for Israel; and it was necessary to give them the Completed Witness.
  • A disciple
    "Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;" When we are really saved and have the Spirit of Christ; then we are made His witnesses by having been exercised in His grace through experience and proving.
  • FINDLAY
    I WAS TRULY BLESS BY YR WORD TODAY.
  • BSP
    In verses 6 and 7 Elizabeth was barren, but this doesn't mean she didn't have God's favor because in verse 6 she is described as righteous. Unfortunate circumstances happen to good people sometimes.

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