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

  • Matt
    Elizabeth and Mary were cousins, meaning their mothers were sisters (and daughters/ descendants of Aaron). Zacharias was a Levitical priest. Mary's father, Heli, was of Judah: a Judahite. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, is of the tribe of Levi and Judah: Lord of Lords (Priest Line/ Levi) and King of Kings (King Line/ Judah).
  • BSP
    In verses 6 and 7 Elizabeth was barren, but this doesn't mean she didn't have God's favor because in verse 6 she is described as righteous. Unfortunate circumstances happen to good people sometimes.
  • MsBsue
    Luke has a remarkable way of telling us the many ways that our God can do amazing and miraculous things. Our faith can only strengthen when we believe in Him.
  • Allison Melton
    Very power scripture, I have been encouraged by my Pastor who preach his sermon today from Luke Chapter 1-20 Revive Me. Awesome message
  • Carol ross
    I have been so blessed by Luke 1. It has brought to me unspeakable joy. Deep in my soul I have such a peace knowing that the God I serve is able today, just as yesterday. I truly pray you receive joy and a peace from this scripture. Knowing my g o d in such a personal way. God truly bless you today.
  • Geraldine Cole
    Praise The Lord Jesus.

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