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.
All their neighbors were awestruck; and throughout the hill country of Y'hudah, people talked about all these things.
Everyone who heard of them said to himself, "What is this child going to be?" For clearly the hand of ADONAI was with him.
His father Z'kharyah was filled with the Ruach HaKodesh and spoke this prophecy:
"Praised be ADONAI, the God of Isra'el, because he has visited and made a ransom to liberate his people
by raising up for us a mighty Deliverer who is a descendant of his servant David.
It is just as he has spoken through the mouth of the prophets from the very beginning --
that we should be delivered from our enemies and from the power of all who hate us.
"This has happened so that he might show the mercy promised to our fathers -- that he would remember his holy covenant,