He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John."1
Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak,2 praising God.
The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea3 people were talking about all these things.
Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, "What then is this child going to be?" For the Lord's hand was with him.4
His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit5 and prophesied:6
"Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,7 because he has come and has redeemed his people.8
He has raised up a horn9 of salvation for us in the house of his servant David10
(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),11
salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us--
to show mercy to our fathers12 and to remember his holy covenant,13
the oath he swore to our father Abraham:14