The Birth of John the Baptist

Luke 1:57-66 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

John Is Born
57 Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had displayed His great mercy toward her; and they were rejoicing with her.

59 And it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias, after his father. 60 But his mother answered and said, “No indeed; but he shall be called John.” 61 And they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.” 62 And they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called. 63 And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, “His name is John.” And they were all astonished. 64 And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God. 65 Fear came on all those living around them; and all these matters were being talked about in all the hill country of Judea. 66 All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, “What then will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.

v57 is the fulfillment of God’s promise Lk 1:14 => joy & gladness at John’s birth

v60 & v63 baby named John fulfills the Lord’s command by the angel – Lk 1:13

From NetBible Lk 1:64

  • * The mention of both mouth and tongue here is a figure called zeugma and emphasizes that the end of the temporary judgment came instantly and fully upon Zacharias’s expression of faith in naming the child. He had learned to trust and obey God during his short period of silence. He had learned from his trial.
  • fitting that Zacharias first words were praise