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The Birth of John
57When it was time for Elizabeth to give birth, she had a boy. 58Her neighbors and
relatives heard that the Lord (God) was very good to her. They were happy for her.
59When the baby was eight days old, they came to circumcise* him. They wanted to
name him Zechariah because this was his father's name. 60But his mother said, "No!
He will be named John." 61The people said to Elizabeth, "But no one in your family
has this name (John)!" 62Then they made signs to his father, "What would you like
to name him?" 63Zechariah asked for something to write on. Then Zechariah wrote,
"His name is John." All the people were surprised. 64Then Zechariah could talk
again. He began to praise God. 65And all their neighbors became afraid. In all the
hill country of Judea people continued talking about all these things. 66All the
people that heard about these things wondered about them. They thought, "What will
this child (John) be?" They said this because the Lord (God) was with this child.
Zechariah Praises God
67Then Zechariah, John's father, was filled with the Holy Spirit.* He told the people
what would happen: 68"Praise to the Lord God of Israel (the Jews). God has come
to help his people and has given them freedom. 69God has given us a powerful Savior
from the family of God's servant, David.* 70God said that he would do this. He said
it through his holy prophets* that lived long ago. 71God will save us from our enemies
and from the power of all those that hate us. 72God said he would give mercy to
our fathers.* And he remembered his holy promise. 73God made a promise to Abraham,*
our father. God promised to free us from the 74power of our enemies, so that we
could serve him without fear. 75We will be righteous and holy before God as long
as we live. 76"Now you, little boy, will be called a prophet* of the Most High
(God). You will go first before the Lord to make the people ready for the Lord's
coming. 77You will make his people know that they will be saved. They will be saved
by having their sins forgiven. 78"With the loving mercy of our God, a new Day from
heaven will shine on us. 79God will help the people that live in darkness, in the
fear of death. He will lead us in the way that goes toward peace." 80And so the
little boy (John) was growing up and becoming stronger in spirit. John lived in
a place away from other people, until the time when he came out [to tell God's message]
to Israel (the Jews).
Footnotes: circumcise To cut off the foreskin. This was done to every Jewish baby
boy. It was a mark of the agreement that God made with Abraham (Gen. 17:9-14). Holy
Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined
with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world. David King of
Israel about 1000 years before Christ. prophet(s) People that spoke for God. Some
of them wrote books that are part of the Old Testament. fathers Important ancestors
of the Jews, especially the leaders of the twelve Jewish family groups. Abraham
The most respected ancestor of the Jews.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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