Then they made signs to his father to find out what he would like to name him.
Zechariah asked for a writing tablet and wrote, "His name is John," and everyone was surprised.
Immediately Zechariah could talk again, and he began praising God.
All their neighbors became alarmed, and in all the mountains of Judea people continued talking about all these things.
The people who heard about them wondered, saying, "What will this child be?" because the Lord was with him.
Then Zechariah, John's father, was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
"Let us praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to help his people and has given them freedom.
He has given us a powerful Savior from the family of God's servant David.
He said that he would do this through his holy prophets who lived long ago:
He promised he would save us from our enemies and from the power of all those who hate us.
He said he would give mercy to our fathers and that he would remember his holy promise.