Bible: Luke 1:57-80

The Birth of John

1:57 Now the time came 1  for Elizabeth to have her baby, 2  and she gave birth to a son. 1:58 Her 3  neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown 4  great mercy to her, and they rejoiced 5  with her.

1:59 On 6  the eighth day 7  they came to circumcise the child, and they wanted to name 8  him Zechariah after his father. 1:60 But 9  his mother replied, 10 No! He must be named 11  John.” 12  1:61 They 13  said to her, “But 14  none of your relatives bears this name.” 15  1:62 So 16  they made signs to the baby’s 17  father, 18  inquiring what he wanted to name his son. 19  1:63 He 20  asked for a writing tablet 21  and wrote, 22 His name is John.” And they were all amazed. 23  1:64 Immediately 24  Zechariah’s 25  mouth was opened and his tongue 26  released, 27  and he spoke, blessing God. 1:65 All 28  their neighbors were filled with fear, and throughout the entire hill country of Judea all these things were talked about. 1:66 All 29  who heard these things 30  kept them in their hearts, 31  saying, “What then will this child be?” 32  For the Lord’s hand 33  was indeed with him.

Zechariah’s Praise and Prediction

1:67 Then 34  his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, 35 

1:68Blessed 36  be the Lord God of Israel,

because he has come to help 37  and has redeemed 38  his people.

1:69 For 39  he has raised up 40  a horn of salvation 41  for us in the house of his servant David, 42 

1:70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from long ago, 43 

1:71 that we should be saved 44  from our enemies, 45 

and from the hand of all who hate us.

1:72 He has done this 46  to show mercy 47  to our ancestors, 48 

and to remember his holy covenant 49 

1:73 the oath 50  that he swore to our ancestor 51  Abraham.

This oath grants 52 

1:74 that we, being rescued from the hand of our 53  enemies,

may serve him without fear, 54 

1:75 in holiness and righteousness 55  before him for as long as we live. 56 

1:76 And you, child, 57  will be called the prophet 58  of the Most High. 59 

For you will go before 60  the Lord to prepare his ways, 61 

1:77 to give his people knowledge of salvation 62  through the forgiveness 63  of their sins.

1:78 Because of 64  our God’s tender mercy 65 

the dawn 66  will break 67  upon us from on high

1:79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, 68 

to guide our feet into the way 69  of peace.”

1:80 And the child kept growing 70  and becoming strong 71  in spirit, and he was in the wilderness 72  until the day he was revealed 73  to Israel.

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