Luke 1 :18

Luke 1 :18 Translations

King James Version (KJV)

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

American King James Version (AKJV)

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

American Standard Version (ASV)

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

Basic English Translation (BBE)

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.

Webster's Revision

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.

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."

English Revised Version (ERV)

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

Definitions for Luke 1 :18

Angel - Messenger.

Clarke's Commentary on Luke 1 :18

Whereby shall I know this? - All things are possible to God: no natural impediment can have any power when God has declared he will accomplish his purpose. He has a right to be believed on his own word alone; and it is impious, when we are convinced that it is his word, to demand a sign or pledge for its fulfillment.

Barnes's Commentary on Luke 1 :18

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.

Wesley's Commentary on 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.
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