He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, remembering his mercy,
just as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to Abraham's descendants forever."
Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned to her home.
When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a boy.
Her neighbors and relatives celebrated with her because they had heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy.
On the eighth day, it came time to circumcise the child. They wanted to name him Zechariah because that was his father's name.
But his mother replied, "No, his name will be John."
They said to her, "None of your relatives have that name."
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.