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.”

Berean Study Bible
"How can I be sure of this?" Zechariah asked the angel. "I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years."

Berean Literal Bible
And Zechariah said to the angel, "By what will I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in her 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."

New American Standard 1977
And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this for certain? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in 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?'
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Gabriel Foretells John's Birth
17And he will go on before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 18“How can I be sure of this? Zechariah asked the angel. “- I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years.” 19“I am Gabriel,” replied the angel. “I stand 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
He said, "O Lord GOD, how may I know that I will possess it?"

Genesis 17:17
Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, "Will a child be born to a man one hundred years old? And will Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?"

Genesis 18:12
Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?"
Treasury of Scripture

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 …

for.

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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