Then they began gesturing to his father to see what he wanted to call him.
After asking for a tablet, he surprised everyone by writing, "His name is John."
At that moment, Zechariah was able to speak again, and he began praising God.
All their neighbors were filled with awe, and everyone throughout the Judean highlands talked about what had happened.
All who heard about this considered it carefully. They said, "What then will this child be?" Indeed, the Lord's power was with him.
John's father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied,
"Bless the Lord God of Israel because he has come to help and has delivered his people.
He has raised up a mighty savior for us in his servant David's house,
just as he said through the mouths of his holy prophets long ago.
He has brought salvation from our enemies and from the power of all those who hate us.
He has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and remembered his holy covenant,