1:13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, 1 and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you 2 will name him John. 3
1:31 Listen: 4 You will become pregnant 5 and give birth to 6 a son, and you will name him 7 Jesus. 8
1:63 He 9 asked for a writing tablet 10 and wrote, 11 “His name is John.” And they were all amazed. 12
1 tn The passive means that the prayer was heard by God.
sn Your prayer has been heard. Zechariah’s prayer while offering the sacrifice would have been for the nation, but the answer to the prayer also gave them a long hoped-for child, a hope they had abandoned because of their old age.
2 tn Grk “a son, and you”; καί (kai) has not been translated. Instead a semicolon is used in the translation for stylistic reasons.
4 tn Grk “And behold.”
5 tn Grk “you will conceive in your womb.”
6 tn Or “and bear.”
7 tn Grk “you will call his name.”
sn You will name him Jesus. This verse reflects the birth announcement of a major figure; see 1:13; Gen 16:7; Judg 13:5; Isa 7:14. The Greek form of the name Ihsous, which was translated into Latin as Jesus, is the same as the Hebrew Yeshua (Joshua), which means “Yahweh saves” (Yahweh is typically rendered as “Lord” in the OT). It was a fairly common name among Jews in 1st century Palestine, as references to a number of people by this name in the LXX and Josephus indicate.
9 tn Grk “And he.” Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.
10 sn The writing tablet requested by Zechariah would have been a wax tablet.
11 tn Grk “and wrote, saying.” The participle λέγων (legwn) is redundant is English and has not been translated.
12 sn The response, they were all amazed, expresses a mixture of surprise and reflection in this setting where they were so certain of what the child’s name would be.