Suddenly, Zechariah was able to speak, and he began to praise God.
All their neighbors were filled with awe. Throughout the mountain region of Judea, people talked about everything that had happened.
Everyone who heard about it seriously thought it over and asked, "What does the future hold for this child?" It was clear that the Lord was with him.
His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied,
"Praise the Lord God of Israel! He has come to take care of his people and to set them free.
He has raised up a mighty Savior for us in the family of his servant David.
He made this promise through his holy prophets long ago.
He promised to save us from our enemies and from the power of all who hate us.
He has shown his mercy to our ancestors and remembered his holy promise,
the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham.
He promised to rescue us from our enemies' power so that we could serve him without fear