Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.
And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord 1had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.
And 2on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother answered, "No; 3he shall be called John."
And they said to her, "None of your relatives is called by this name."
And 4they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called.
And he asked for 5a writing tablet and wrote, 6"His name is John." And they all wondered.
647And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue 8loosed, and he spoke, 9blessing God.
And 10fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all 11the hill country of Judea,
and all who heard them 12laid them up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For 13the hand of the Lord was with him.