53 Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought
forth a son.
54 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy
upon her; and they rejoiced with her.
55 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the
child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
56 And his
mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.
57 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this
58 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
59 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And
they marvelled all.
60 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake,
and praised God.
61 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were
noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.
62 And all they that
heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this
be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
63 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied,
64 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his
65 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his
66 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since
the world began:
67 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate
68 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy
69 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
70 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our
enemies might serve him without fear,
71 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
72 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt
go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
73 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their
74 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath
75 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to
guide our feet into the way of peace.
76 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till
the day of his shewing unto Israel.