Luke 1:18
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New International Version
Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years."

New Living Translation
Zechariah said to the angel, "How can I be sure this will happen? I'm an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years."

English Standard Version
And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.”

New American Standard Bible
Zacharias said to the angel, "How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years."

King James Bible
And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How can I know this?" Zechariah asked the angel. "For I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years."

International Standard Version
Then Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this, since I am an old man, and my wife is getting older?"

NET Bible
Zechariah said to the angel, "How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is old as well."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Zacharia said to the Angel, “How shall I know this, for I am old and my wife is advanced in her days?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Zechariah said to the angel, "What proof is there for this? I'm an old man, and my wife is beyond her childbearing years."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.

King James 2000 Bible
And Zachariah said unto the angel, How shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well advanced in years.

American King James Version
And Zacharias said to the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

American Standard Version
And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Zachary said to the angel: Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.

Darby Bible Translation
And Zacharias said to the angel, How shall I know this, for *I* am an old man, and my wife advanced in years?

English Revised Version
And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Zacharias said to the angel, By what shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife far advanced in years.

Weymouth New Testament
"By what proof," asked Zechariah, "shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is far advanced in years."

World English Bible
Zacharias said to the angel, "How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years."

Young's Literal Translation
And Zacharias said unto the messenger, 'Whereby shall I know this? for I am aged, and my wife is advanced in her days?'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:5-25 The father and mother of John the Baptist were sinners as all are, and were justified and saved in the same way as others; but they were eminent for piety and integrity. They had no children, and it could not be expected that Elisabeth should have any in her old age. While Zacharias was burning incense in the temple, the whole multitude of the people were praying without. All the prayers we offer up to God, are acceptable and successful only by Christ's intercession in the temple of God above. We cannot expect an interest therein if we do not pray, and pray with our spirits, and are not earnest in prayer. Nor can we expect that the best of our prayers should gain acceptance, and bring an answer of peace, but through the mediation of Christ, who ever lives, making intercession. The prayers Zacharias often made, received an answer of peace. Prayers of faith are filed in heaven, and are not forgotten. Prayers made when we were young and entering into the world, may be answered when we are old and going out of the world. Mercies are doubly sweet that are given in answer to prayer. Zacharias shall have a son in his old age, who shall be instrumental in the conversion of many souls to God, and preparing them to receive the gospel of Christ. He shall go before Him with courage, zeal, holiness, and a mind dead to earthly interests and pleasures. The disobedient and rebellious would be brought back to the wisdom of their righteous forefathers, or rather, brought to attend to the wisdom of that Just One who was coming among them. Zacharias heard all that the angel said; but his unbelief spake. In striking him dumb, God dealt justly with him, because he had objected against God's word. We may admire the patience of God towards us. God dealt kindly with him, for thus he prevented his speaking any more distrustful, unbelieving words. Thus also God confirmed his faith. If by the rebukes we are under for our sin, we are brought to give the more credit to the word of God, we have no reason to complain. Even real believers are apt to dishonour God by unbelief; and their mouths are stopped in silence and confusion, when otherwise they would have been praising God with joy and gratitude. In God's gracious dealings with us we ought to observe his gracious regards to us. He has looked on us with compassion and favour, and therefore has thus dealt with us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man. There was something evidently blamable in this hesitation on the part of Zacharias to receive the angel's promise. It seems as though the radiant glory of the messenger, as he stood before the curtain of the silent sanctuary in his awful beauty, ought to have convinced the doubting old man of the truth of the strange message. The words of the angel, which follow, seem to imply this. What! do you doubt my message? "I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of the Eternal." Others in Old Testament story before - for instance, Abraham (Genesis 15) and Gideon (Judges 6) - had seen and listened to an angel, had at first doubted, but had received in consequence no rebuke, no punishment, for their want of faith. Zacharias was, however, condemned, we learn, to a long period of dumbness.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Zacharias said unto the angel, whereby shall I know this?.... Notwithstanding such an appearance of an angel to him, which in those times was not so usual, and this in the holy place; and the things themselves which were told him, and these as the return of prayer; yet he distrusted, and wanted a sign, whereby he might know the truth of them, as the Jews were generally desirous of, and as the father of them was; who expressed himself in much such language, on a certain occasion, as this his son did; see Genesis 15:8.

For I am an old man; at least sixty years of age; for with the Jews, sixty years were reckoned, "for old age" (w); and a man of these years, was accounted an old man: and the Jewish Rabbins observe (x), that the word for old age in Job 30:2 is by "gematry, sixty"; that is, the letters of the word, numerically make so much. The Mahometan writers, as before observed on Luke 1:7 make him to be ninety nine years of age: he was not discharged from service; the Levites were at fifty, but not the priests; blemishes, as the Jewish writers say (y), made them unfit for service, but years did not: and even the law concerning the Levites, they say (z), only respected the time they carried the sanctuary from place to place, and not future generations; and that they are disqualified neither by blemishes, nor by years, only by voice, for singing of the song; but then they might be among the porters; so that they were not on that account laid aside from all service:

and my wife well stricken in years. The Mahometan writers, as before, say, she was "eighty nine"; a like objection Abraham made, though he afterwards got over it, and was strong in faith, giving glory to God, believing in his power and faithfulness; see Genesis 17:17.

(w) Misn. Abot, c. 5. sect. 21. & Maimon. in ib. (x) R. Sol. Urbin. Ohel Moed, fol. 24. 2.((y) T. Bab. Cholin, fol. 24. 1.((z) Maimon. Hilch. Cele Hamikdash, c. 3. sect. 8.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. Whereby, &c.—Mary believed what was far harder without a sign. Abraham, though older, and doubtless Sarah, too, when the same promise was made to him, "staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God." This was that in which Zacharias failed.

Luke 1:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
17"It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." 18Zacharias said to the angel, "How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years." 19The angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.…
Cross References
Genesis 15:8
But Abram said, "Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?"

Genesis 17:17
Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, "Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?"

Genesis 18:12
So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?"
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And Zacharias said to the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

Whereby.

Luke 1:34 Then said Mary to the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Genesis 15:8 And he said, LORD God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

Genesis 17:17 Then Abraham fell on his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, …

Genesis 18:12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed …

Judges 6:36-40 And Gideon said to God, If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said…

Isaiah 38:22 Hezekiah also had said, What is the sign that I shall go up to the …

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Luke 1:7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they …

Numbers 11:21-23 And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand …

2 Kings 7:2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, …

Romans 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, …

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