"He has taken the part of his servant Isra'el, mindful of the mercy
which he promised to our fathers, to Avraham and his seed forever."
Miryam stayed with Elisheva for about three months and then returned home.
The time arrived for Elisheva to have her baby, and she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard how good ADONAI had been to her, and they rejoiced with her.
On the eighth day, they came to do the child's b'rit-milah. They were about to name him Z'kharyah, after his father,
when his mother spoke up and said, "No, he is to be called Yochanan."
They said to her, "None of your relatives has that name,"
and they made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called.
He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone's surprise he wrote, "His name is Yochanan."
At that moment, his power of speech returned, and his first words were a b'rakhah to God.