Z'kharyah was startled and terrified at the sight.
But the angel said to him, "Don't be afraid, Z'kharyah; because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elisheva will bear you a son, and you are to name him Yochanan.
He will be a joy and a delight to you, and many people will rejoice when he is born,
for he will be great in the sight of ADONAI. He is never to drink wine or other liquor, and he will be filled with the Ruach HaKodesh even from his mother's womb.
He will turn many of the people of Isra'el to ADONAI their God.
He will go out ahead of ADONAI in the spirit and power of Eliyahu to turn the hearts of fathers to their childrena and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready for ADONAI a people prepared."
Z'kharyah said to the angel, "How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man; my wife too is well on in years."
"I am Gavri'el," the angel answered him, "and I stand in the presence of God. I was sent to speak to you, to give you this good news.
Now, because you didn't believe what I said, which will be fulfilled when the time comes, you will be silent, unable to speak until the day these things take place."
Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Z'kharyah; they were surprised at his taking so long in the Temple.
But when he came out unable to talk to them, they realized that he had seen a vision in the Temple; speechless, he communicated to them with signs.