The Birth of John the Baptist

57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58 And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord (A)had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And (B)on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, 60 but his mother answered, “No; (C)he shall be called John.” 61 And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” 62 And (D)they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. 63 And he asked for (E)a writing tablet and wrote, (F)“His name is John.” And they all wondered. 64 (G)And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue (H)loosed, and he spoke, (I)blessing God. 65 And (J)fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all (K)the hill country of Judea, 66 and all who heard them (L)laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For (M)the hand of the Lord was with him.

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Daleth

25 (A)My soul clings to the dust;
    (B)give me life (C)according to your word!
26 When (D)I told of my ways, you answered me;
    (E)teach me your statutes!
27 (F)Make me understand the way of your precepts,
    and I will (G)meditate on your wondrous works.
28 (H)My soul melts away for sorrow;
    strengthen me according to your word!
29 Put false ways far from me
    and graciously (I)teach me your law!
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
    I (J)set your rules before me.
31 I cling to your testimonies, O Lord;
    (K)let me not be put to shame!
32 I will run in the way of your commandments
    when you (L)enlarge my heart![a]

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 119:32 Or for you set my heart free

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