62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.

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      63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.”

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          64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God.

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          65 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things.

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              66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.

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              Zechariah’s Song

              67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

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                  68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
                  69 He has raised up a horna of salvation for us in the house of his servant David

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                  70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),

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                  71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—
                  72 to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant,

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