Bible: Luk 1:11-20

1:11 An 1  angel of the Lord, 2  standing on the right side of the altar of incense, appeared 3  to him. 1:12 And Zechariah, visibly shaken when he saw the angel, 4  was seized with fear. 5  1:13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, 6  and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you 7  will name him John. 8  1:14 Joy and gladness will come 9  to you, and many will rejoice at 10  his birth, 11  1:15 for he will be great in the sight of 12  the Lord. He 13  must never drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. 14  1:16 He 15  will turn 16  many of the people 17  of Israel to the Lord their God. 1:17 And he will go as forerunner before the Lord 18  in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, 19  to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him.”

1:18 Zechariah 20  said to the angel, “How can I be sure of this? 21  For I am an old man, and my wife is old as well.” 22  1:19 The 23  angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands 24  in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring 25  you this good news. 1:20 And now, 26  because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, 27  you will be silent, unable to speak, 28  until the day these things take place.”

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