And 1on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother answered, "No; 2he shall be called John."
And they said to her, "None of your relatives is called by this name."
And 3they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called.
And he asked for 4a writing tablet and wrote, 5"His name is John." And they all wondered.
646And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue 7loosed, and he spoke, 8blessing God.
And 9fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all 10the hill country of Judea,
and all who heard them 11laid them up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For 12the hand of the Lord was with him.
And his father Zechariah 13was filled with the Holy Spirit and 14prophesied, saying,
6815"Blessed be the Lord 16God of Israel, for he has 17visited and 18redeemed his people
and 19has raised up 20a horn of salvation for us 21in the house of his servant David,