But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid,1 Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.2
He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,3
for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink,4 and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit5 even from birth.6
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