The Birth of John the Baptist
Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.
And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord s had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.
And t on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother answered, "No; u he shall be called John."
And they said to her, "None of your relatives is called by this name."
And v they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called.
And he asked for w a writing tablet and wrote, u "His name is John." And they all wondered.
x And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue y loosed, and he spoke, z blessing God.
And a fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all b the hill country of Judea,
and all who heard them c laid them up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For d the hand of the Lord was with him.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
Behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot escape to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me and I die.
And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised. Every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring.
And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
Circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee.
But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute.
Then the Lord said to me, "Take a large tablet and write on it in common characters, 'Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
And now, go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever.
But his mother answered, "No; he shall be called John.
And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.
And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.
He took him up in his arms and blessed God and said.
And were continually in the temple blessing God.
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah.
But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.
And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time." Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand.