The Birth of John
Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.
Her neighbors and her cousins heard how the Lord had shown great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.
And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. They called him who Zacharias, after the name of his father.
Elisabeth: Not so; but he shall be called John.
Neighbors and cousins: There is none of your kindred that is called by this name.
And they made signs to his father, how he would have the baby called.
Zacharias asked for a writing table.
Zacharias (wrote): His name is John.
And they all marveled.
The mouth of Zacharias was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke and praised God.
And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea. 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.
John’s father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David,
As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate
- To perform the mercy promised to our fathers
- To remember his holy covenant, the oath which he swore to our father Abraham that he would grant to us, that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: for you shall go before the face of the Lord
- To prepare his ways;
- To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God;
Whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us,
- To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death
- To guide our feet into the way of peace.
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing to Israel.