57Now the timebhad come for Elizabeth to givebirth, and she gavebirth to a son.
Her neighbors and her relativesheard that the Lord had c3displayed His greatmercytoward her; and they were rejoicing with her.
And it happened that on 4the eighthday they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias, dafter his father.
But his motheranswered and said, "Noindeed ; but 5he shall be calledJohn."
And they said to her, "There is nooneamong your relativeswho is called by that name."
And they 6madesigns to his father, as to what he wanted him called.
And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, "7His name is John." And they were allastonished.
648And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God.
65Fearcame on allthoselivingaround them; and allthesematters were being talkedabout in all9the hillcountry of Judea.