1 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named
Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron,
and her name was Elisabeth.
2 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and
ordinances of the Lord blameless.
3 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were
now well stricken in years.
4 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in
the order of his course,
5 according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense
when he went into the temple of the Lord.
6 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of
7 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of
the altar of incense.
8 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
9 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and
thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
10 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
11 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine
nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his
12 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
13 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the
hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the
just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
14 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old
man, and my wife well stricken in years.
15 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the
presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad
16 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that
these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which
shall be fulfilled in their season.
17 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in
18 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that
he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained
19 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were
accomplished, he departed to his own house.
20 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five
21 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take
away my reproach among men.