Luke 1:18

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Zacharias said vnto the Angel, Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well striken in yeeres.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Zacharias said to the angel, How may I be certain of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is far on in years.
- Basic English Bible

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

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.
- Webster's Bible

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

And Zacarie seide to the aungel, Wherof schal Y wite this? for Y am eld, and my wijf hath gon fer in to hir daies.
- Wycliffe Bible

And Zacharias said unto the messenger, `Whereby shall I know this? for I am aged, and my wife is advanced in her days?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 1:18


1:18 Zacharias said, Whereby shall I know this? - In how different a spirit did he blessed virgin say, How shall this be? Zacharias disbelieved the fact: Mary had no doubt of the thing; but only inquired concerning the manner of it.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 1:18


Lu 1:18 By what shall I know this? He wanted a sign.

Discussion for Luke 1

  • Geraldine Cole
    Praise The Lord Jesus.
  • Maggie Bazaar for verse 37
    The world will pass away but his word will remain and rain come to water the earth and plants sprouts so does his word will not return void .so indeed nothing is impossible with God
  • Joan Minja for verse 45
    God speaks to us through his Word, and for us to see the manifestations of his word in our daily life, we have to believe. Faith can move mountains and it is profound to us as believers!....as there shall be a performance of those things, only of we believe! Jesus is Lord!!!
  • Cynnee
    When we sometimes worry about our lives we should remember that with God all things are possible.
  • This is a very powerful verse. Note that due to a lack of faith in God, Zacharias was made deaf and dumb, in order that the good plans God had for him be fulfilled. God uses even what may seem like trials and tribulations, for the fulfilment of his plans. Which are always for our own good.
  • Jack
    You need to read with understanding,2 cor.5-16,this was good for israel, this is who Luke is talking talking to check it. But not today believer--1 cor 15-1:4,then romans 15:25-26,2peter 3:15-16, ITS Paul's gospel we need-romans 15:4.

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