Instantly his mouth and his tongue were set free, and he began to speak and bless God.
And all who lived round about them were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judaea reports of all these things were spread abroad.
All who heard the story treasured it in their memories. "What then will this child be?" they said. For the lord's hand was indeed with him.
And Zechariah his father was filled with the Holy Spirit, and spoke in a rapture of praise.
"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel," he said, "Because He has not forgotten His people but has effected redemption for them,
And has raised up a mighty Deliverer for us In the house of David His servant--
As He has spoken from all time by the lips of His holy Prophets--
To deliver us from our foes and from the power of all who hate us.
He dealt pitifully with our forefathers, And remembered His holy covenant,
The oath which He swore to Abraham our forefather,
To grant us to be rescued from the power of our foes And so render worship to Him free from fear,