57Now the timeahad come for Elizabeth to givebirth, and she gavebirth to a son.
Her neighbors and her relativesheard that the Lord had b1displayed His greatmercytoward her; and they were rejoicing with her.
And it happened that on 2the eighthday they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias, cafter his father.
But his motheranswered and said, "Noindeed ; but 3he shall be calledJohn."
And they said to her, "There is nooneamong your relativeswho is called by that name."
And they 4madesigns to his father, as to what he wanted him called.
And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, "5His name is John." And they were allastonished.
646And 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 all7the hillcountry of Judea.
66All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, "Whatthen will thischild turn out to be?" For 8the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.