"This has happened so that he might show the mercy promised to our fathers -- that he would remember his holy covenant,
the oath he swore before Avraham avinu
to grant us that we, freed from our enemies, would serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
You, child, will be called a prophet of Ha`Elyon; you will go before the Lord to prepare his way
by spreading the knowledge among his people that deliverance comes by having sins forgiven
through our God's most tender mercy, which causes the Sunrise to visit us from Heaven,
to shine on those in darkness, living in the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the paths of peace."
The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he lived in the wilderness until the time came for him to appear in public to Isra'el.