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Luke 1:5-25

5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the daily·​·ministry of Abijah; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6 And they were both just in·​·the·​·sight of God, walking1 in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7 And they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both far advanced in their days.
8 But it came·​·to·​·pass, while he served·​·as·​·priest before God in the order of his daily·​·ministry,
9 according·​·to the custom of the priesthood, it was his lot to burn·​·incense when he entered into the temple of the Lord.
10 And all the multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of the incense.
11 And an angel of the Lord was seen by him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.
12 And seeing him, Zacharias was disturbed, and fear fell on him.
13 And the angel said to him, Fear not, Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard, and thy wife Elizabeth shall give birth to a son for thee, and thou shalt call his name John.
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice at his birth.
15 For he shall be great in·​·the·​·sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
16 And many of the sons of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
17 And he shall come before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,2 and in the prudence of the just to prepare the disobedient, a people made·​·ready for the Lord.
18 And Zacharias said to the angel, Whereby shall I know this? For I am elderly, and my wife is far advanced in her days.
19 And the angel answering said to him, I am Gabriel, who stands in·​·the·​·sight of God, and am sent to speak to thee, and to announce to thee these good·​·tidings.
20 And behold, thou shalt be silent, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall come to pass, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their time.
21 And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marveled that he delayed so long in the temple.
22 But when he came·​·out he could not speak to them, and they knew that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he beckoned to them, and remained mute.
23 And it came·​·to·​·pass, when the days of his ritual were fulfilled, that he departed to his own house.
24 And after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
25 Thus has the Lord done to me in the days wherein He looked on me to take away my reproach among men.

1literally, “going”

2Malachi 4:5,6