Then the Lord
God formed the man of dust from
the ground and breathed into his
nostrils the breath of life, and
the man became a living creature.
To the woman he said, “I will
surely multiply your pain in
childbearing; in pain you shall
bring forth children. Your desire
shall be for your husband, and he
shall rule over you.”
And Sarah conceived and bore
Abraham a son in his old age at
the time of which God had spoken
And Isaac prayed to the
his wife, because she was barren.
And the Lord
granted his prayer, and Rebekah
his wife conceived.
Then God remembered Rachel, and
God listened to her and opened her
None shall miscarry or be barren
in your land; I will fulfill the
number of your days.
And in due time Hannah conceived
and bore a son, and she called his
name Samuel, for she said, “I have
asked for him from the
(1 Samuel 1:20)
Your hands fashioned and made me,
and now you have destroyed me
altogether. Remember that you have
made me like clay; and will you
return me to the dust? Did you not
pour me out like milk and curdle
me like cheese? You clothed me
with skin and flesh, and knit me
together with bones and sinews.
You have granted me life and
steadfast love, and your care has
preserved my spirit.
Behold, I was brought forth in
iniquity, and in sin did my mother
Behold, children are a heritage
from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a
warrior are the children of one's
youth. Blessed is the man who
fills his quiver with them! He
shall not be put to shame when he
speaks with his enemies in the
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my
mother's womb. I praise you, for I
am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul
knows it very well. My frame was
not hidden from you, when I was
being made in secret, intricately
woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed
substance; in your book were
written, every one of them, the
days that were formed for me, when
as yet there was none of them.
Shall I bring to the point of
birth and not cause to bring
forth?” says the
Lord; “shall I, who cause
to bring forth, shut the womb?”
says your God.
Before I formed you in the womb I
knew you, and before you were born
I consecrated you; I appointed you
a prophet to the nations.
But as he considered these things,
behold, an angel of the Lord
appeared to him in a dream,
saying, “Joseph, son of David, do
not fear to take Mary as your
wife, for that which is conceived
in her is from the Holy Spirit.
And behold, you will conceive in
your womb and bear a son, and you
shall call his name 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 father David, and he will
reign over the house of Jacob
forever, and of his kingdom there
will be no end.” And Mary said to
the angel, “How will this be,
since I am a virgin?” And the
angel answered 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 called
holy—the Son of God.
And behold, your relative
Elizabeth in her old age has also
conceived a son, and this is the
sixth month with her who was
called barren. For nothing will be
impossible with God.