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Luke 1:57-66, 80

57NOW THE TIME CAME for Elizabeth's child to be born, and she gave birth to a son. 58When her neighbours and relatives heard what great favour the Lord had shown her, they were as delighted as she was. 59Then on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. 60But his mother spoke up and said, 'No! he is to be called John.' 61'But', they said, 'there is nobody in your family who has that name.' 62They inquired of his father by signs what he would like him to be called. 63He asked for a writing-tablet and to the astonishment of all wrote down, 'His name is John.' 64Immediately his lips and tongue were freed and he began to speak, praising God. 65All the neighbours were struck with awe, and everywhere in the uplands of Judaea the whole story became common talk. 66All who heard it were deeply impressed and said, 'What will this child become?' For indeed the hand of the Lord was upon him. [Some witnesses read: 'What will this child become, for indeed the hand of the Lord is upon him?']
80As the child grew up he became strong in spirit; he lived out in the wilds until the day when he appeared publicly before Israel.


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