C. His Forerunner's Birth and Youth
57 Now the time was fulfilled for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.
58 And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had magnified His mercy with her, and they rejoiced with her.
59 And on the eighth day they came to acircumcise the little child, and they tried to call him after the name of his father, Zachariah.
60 Yet his mother answered and said, No, but he shall be called aJohn.
61 And they said to her, There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.
62 And they gestured to his father as to what he would want him to be called.
63 And asking for a tablet, he wrote, saying, John is his name. And they all marveled.
64 And his 1mouth was opened instantly, and his atongue loosed, and he began to speak, blessing God.
65 And afear came on all those dwelling around them, and in all the bhill country of Judea all these 1things were spread about.
66 And all who heard these things put them in their aheart, saying, What then will this little child be? For indeed the hand of the Lord was bwith him.
67 And Zachariah his father was filled with the aHoly Spirit and prophesied, saying,
68 aBlessed be the Lord, the God of bIsrael, because He has cvisited and accomplished 1dredemption for His people,
69 And raised a 1ahorn of salvation for us in the house of bDavid His servant,
70 Even 1as He spoke through the mouth of His holy aprophets 2from of old --
71 aSalvation from our enemies and from the bhand of all who hate us,
72 To accomplish 1mercy with our fathers and to 2aremember His holy bcovenant,
73 The 1aoath which He swore to Abraham our father,
74 To grant us that we, having been delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might 1serve Him without fear,
75 In 1aholiness and brighteousness before Him all our days.
76 And you also, little child, shall be called a aprophet of the bMost High, for you will go cbefore the 1Lord to 2dprepare His ways,
77 To give knowledge of asalvation to His people by the bforgiveness of their sins,
78 Because of the merciful acompassions of our God, in which the rising 1bsun will cvisit us from on high,
79 To shine upon those sitting in adarkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of bpeace.
80 And the little child agrew and became strong in 1spirit, and he was in the bwilderness until the day of his presentation to Israel.