And his fatherZacharias1was filled with the HolySpirit, and 2prophesied, saying:
"3Blessed be the LordGod of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished4redemption for His people,
And has raised up a 5horn of salvation for us In the house of David6His servant -
707As He spoke by the mouth of His holyprophets8from of old -
71a9Salvation10FROM OUR ENEMIES, And FROM THE HAND OF ALL WHO HATE US;
7211To showmercytoward our fathers, 12And to remember His holycovenant,
7313The oathwhich He swore to Abraham our father,
To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him withoutfear,
7514In holiness and righteousnessbefore Him all our days.
"And you, child, will be called the 15prophet of 16the MostHigh; For you will go on 17BEFORE THE LORD TO 18PREPARE HIS WAYS;
To give to His people the knowledge of salvationbBy 19the forgiveness of their sins,
78Because of the tendermercy of our God, With which20the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
7921TO SHINE UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH, To guide our feet into the 22way of peace."
8023And the child continued to grow and to becomestrong in spirit, and he lived in the desertsuntil the day of his publicappearance to Israel.