In the days when Herod was king of Judea there was a certain priest whose name was Zachariah, of the daily service (the division) of Abia; and his wife was also a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
And when Zachariah saw him, he was troubled, and fear took possession of him.
But the angel said to him, Do not be afraid, Zachariah, because your petition was heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you must call his name John [God is favorable].
And Zachariah said to the angel, By what shall I know and be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.
Now the people kept waiting for Zachariah, and they wondered at his delaying [so long] in the sanctuary.
And she went to the house of Zachariah and, entering it, saluted Elizabeth.
And it occurred that on the eighth day, when they came to circumcise the child, they were intending to call him Zachariah after his father,
Then Zachariah asked for a writing tablet and wrote, His name is John. And they were all astonished.
Now Zachariah his father was filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,
In the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the Word of God [ concerning the attainment through Christ of salvation in the kingdom of God] came to John son of Zachariah in the wilderness (desert).