(12) And seeing this, Zacharias was troubled, and fear fell on him.
(13)Buttheangelsaidtohim,Donotfear,Zacharias,becauseyourprayerwasheard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear a son to you, and you shall call his name John.
(14) And he will be joy and exultation to you, and many will rejoice over his birth.
(15)ForheshallbegreatintheeyesoftheLord,andheshallnotdrinkwineorstrong drink. And he will be filled of the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.
(16) And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God.
(17)AndhewillgooutbeforeHiminthespiritandpowerofElijah"toturnthehearts offatherstotheirchildren,"anddisobedientonestothewisdomofthejust,tomake ready a people having been prepared for the Lord. Malachi 4:5, 6
(18)AndZachariassaidtotheangel,BywhatshallIknowthis?ForIamoldandmy wife is advanced in her days.
(19)Andanswering,theangelsaidtohim,IamGabriel,whostandsbeforeGod,andI was sent to speak to you and to announce to you the good news of these things.
(20)Andbehold,youshallbesilentandnotabletospeakuntilthedaythesethings takeplace,becauseyoudidnotbelievemywordswhichshallbefulfilledintheir season.TO BE CONTINUED