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.
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?
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?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Whereby shall I know this? - The thing was improbable, and he desired "evidence" that it would take place. The testimony of an "angel," and in such a place, should have been proof enough; but people are slow to believe the testimony of heavenly messengers. As a consequence of not believing, he was struck mute.
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He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.--LUKE 1:53. Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing: and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.--When …
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The Judgment Upon Zacharias
Of Fervent Love and Vehement Desire of Receiving Christ
He said, "O Lord GOD, how may I know that I will possess it?"
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?"
Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?"
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