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

  • Irene123
    V. 3 - " ..... most excellent Theophulis; v.4 - "That thou mightiest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed." "excellent" sounds like perhaps he was someone of the Temple, but Luke does not say, so neither can we state it as fact. But, he was a convert to Christianity of Luke's, We can know that much as per Luke's words to him. cont.
  • Irene123
    V. 36 - the angel Gabriel told Mary of Elisabeth's pregnancy. When you think on it, it seems 'odd' because now everybody concerned knows as soon as the couple knows. But then you think of the distance between Mary and Elis. and also their lives were just the same ol' same ol'; AND Elis. was 'old' so ...............
  • Steve morrow
    LUKE 1:73 THE OATH WHICH HE SWARE TO OUR FATHER ABRAHAM 1:74 THAT HE WOULD GRANT UNTO US THAT WE BEING DELIVERED OUT OF THE HAND OF OUR ENEMIES MIGHT SERVE HIM WITHOUT FEAR 1:75 IN HOLINESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES ***PSALM 119:172 MY TONGUE SHALL SPEAK OF THY WORD FOR ALL THY COMMANDMENTS ARE RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • Frank
    John the baptist would then be a cousin to Jesus
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The great King of Heaven-Jesus, is preparing to come down to this lowly, filthy, sins-soaked earth on His mission of redemption. Mary is blessed to be the channel of His birth and Elisabeth to bring forth John, the precursor prophet. All these plans have been in place since the beginning of time. Praise God.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The great King of Heaven-Jesus, is preparing to come down to this lowly, filthy, sins-soaked earth on His mission of redemption. Mary is blessed to be the channel of His birth and Elisabeth to bring forth John, the precursor prophet. All these plans have been in place since the beginning of time. Praise God.

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