Luke 1:62
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New International Version
Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child.

New Living Translation
So they used gestures to ask the baby's father what he wanted to name him.

English Standard Version
And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called.

Berean Study Bible
So they made signs to his father to inquire what he wanted to name the child.

Berean Literal Bible
And they were making signs to his father, what he might wish him to be called.

New American Standard Bible
And they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called.

King James Bible
And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they motioned to his father to find out what he wanted him to be called.

International Standard Version
So they motioned to the baby's father to see what he wanted to name him.

NET Bible
So they made signs to the baby's father, inquiring what he wanted to name his son.

New Heart English Bible
They made signs to his father, what he would have him called.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they signed to his father how he wished to name him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So they motioned to the baby's father to see what he wanted to name the child.

New American Standard 1977
And they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they communicated with signs to his father, asking how he would have him called.

King James 2000 Bible
And they made signs to his father, what he would have him called.

American King James Version
And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

American Standard Version
And they made signs to his father, what he would have him called.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

Darby Bible Translation
And they made signs to his father as to what he might wish it to be called.

English Revised Version
And they made signs to his father, what he would have him called.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

Weymouth New Testament
They asked his father by signs what he wished him to be called.

World English Bible
They made signs to his father, what he would have him called.

Young's Literal Translation
and they were making signs to his father, what he would wish him to be called,
Study Bible
The Birth of John the Baptist
61They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who bears this name.” 62So they made signs to his father to inquire what he wanted to name the child. 63Zechariah asked for a tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they were all astonished.…
Cross References
Luke 1:22
When he came out and was unable to speak to them, they realized he had seen a vision in the temple. He kept making signs to them but remained speechless.

Luke 1:61
They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who bears this name."
Treasury of Scripture

And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

(62) They made signs to his father.--It seems probable--almost, indeed, certain--from this, that Zacharias was deprived of the power of hearing as well as speech, and had passed into the condition of one who was naturally a deaf mute.

And they made signs to his father,.... Who was deaf, as well as dumb; otherwise there would have been no occasion to have signs made to him: and so the word used, in Luke 1:20 signifies both deaf and dumb. These signs were made by hands or head; for such used to be made to a dumb man. According to the canon (q), a dumb man nods, and "and is nodded", or "beckoned to": and which beckoning one of the commentators (r) says, is a sign which is expressed either by the hands or head. Such a method as these took with Zacharias, about the name of his son, is directed to in case of a father's deafness, in relation to knowing who is his firstborn; (s).

"father that is dumb, they search or examine him in the way they search for divorces; if he makes signs, or writes, that this is his firstborn, lo! this takes the double portion.

How he would have him called; by what name, Zacharias or John; and they were right in applying to him, to whom it most properly belonged, to give a name to his child,

(q) Misn. Gittin, c. 5. sect 7. (r) Bartenora in ib. (s) Maimon. Hitch. Nechalot, c. 2. sect. 15, & 4. 1.62. made signs—showing he was deaf, as well as dumb.1:57-66 In these verses we have an account of the birth of John the Baptist, and the great joy among all the relations of the family. He shall be called Johanan, or Gracious, because he shall bring in the gospel of Christ, wherein God's grace shines most bright. Zacharias recovered his speech. Unbelief closed his mouth, and believing opened it again: he believers, therefore he speaks. When God opens our lips, our mouths must show forth his praise; and better be without speech, than not use it in praising God. It is said, The hand of the Lord was working with John. God has ways of working on children in their infancy, which we cannot account for. We should observe the dealings of God, and wait the event.
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