57Now the timeahad come for Elizabeth to givebirth, and she gavebirth to a son.
Her neighbors and her relativesheard that the Lord had b1displayed His greatmercytoward her; and they were rejoicing with her.
And it happened that on 2the eighthday they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias, cafter his father.
But his motheranswered and said, "Noindeed; but 3he shall be calledJohn."
And they said to her, "There is nooneamong your relativeswho is called by that name."
And they 4madesigns to his father, as to what he wanted him called.
And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, "5His name is John." And they were allastonished.
646And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God.
65Fearcame on allthoselivingaround them; and allthesematters were being talkedabout in all7the hillcountry of Judea.
66All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, "Whatthen will thischild turn out to be?" For 8the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.
And his fatherZacharias9was filled with the HolySpirit, and 10prophesied, saying:
"11Blessed be the LordGod of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished12redemption for His people,
And has raised up a 13horn of salvation for us In the house of David14His servant -
7015As He spoke by the mouth of His holyprophets16from of old -
71d17Salvation18FROM OUR ENEMIES, And FROM THE HAND OF ALL WHO HATE US;
7219To showmercytoward our fathers, 20And to remember His holycovenant,
7321The oathwhich He swore to Abraham our father,
To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him withoutfear,
7522In holiness and righteousnessbefore Him all our days.
"And you, child, will be called the 23prophet of 24the MostHigh; For you will go on 25BEFORE THE LORD TO 26PREPARE HIS WAYS;
To give to His people the knowledge of salvationeBy 27the forgiveness of their sins,
78Because of the tendermercy of our God, With which28the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
7929TO SHINE UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH, To guide our feet into the 30way of peace."
8031And the child continued to grow and to becomestrong in spirit, and he lived in the desertsuntil the day of his publicappearance to Israel.