And it happened that on 1the eighthday they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias, aafter his father.
But his motheranswered and said, "Noindeed; but 2he shall be calledJohn."
And they said to her, "There is nooneamong your relativeswho is called by that name."
And they 3madesigns to his father, as to what he wanted him called.
And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, "4His name is John." And they were allastonished.
645And 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 all6the hillcountry of Judea.
66All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, "Whatthen will thischild turn out to be?" For 7the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.