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63 He[a] asked for a writing tablet[b] and wrote,[c] “His name is John.” And they were all amazed.[d]

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  1. Luke 1:63 tn Grk “And he.” Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.
  2. Luke 1:63 sn The writing tablet requested by Zechariah would have been a wax tablet.
  3. Luke 1:63 tn Grk “and wrote, saying.” The participle λέγων (legōn) is redundant in English and has not been translated.
  4. Luke 1:63 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.