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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              73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
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