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Luke 1:63

    Luke 1:63 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marveled all.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he sent for writing materials and put down: His name is John; and they were all surprised.

    Webster's Revision

    And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

    World English Bible

    He asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, "His name is John." They all marveled.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marveled all.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 1:63

    A writing table - Πινακιδιον, a tablet, a diminutive of πιναξ, a table. "The boys in Barbary are taught to write upon a smooth thin board, slightly daubed over with whiting, which may be rubbed off or renewed at pleasure. Such probably (for the Jewish children use the same) was the little board, or writing table, as we render it Luke 1:63, that was called for by Zacharias." Shaw's Travels, p. 194. My old MS. considers the word as meaning the instrument of writing, rather than the tablet on which he wrote: and he aringe a poyntel, wroot seyinge, Joon is his name.

    A thin board, made out of the pine tree, smeared over with wax, was used among the ancients; and to this the Anglo-Saxon version seems to refer, as it translates πινακιδιον, a wax board or cloth.

    An intelligent friend has suggested a different mode of reading the 62nd and 63rd verses: Luke 1:62. And they asked his father how he would have him called? Luke 1:63. And he made signs for a writing table and wrote, His name is John: "For," says my friend, "the 64th verse proves his mouth was not opened, neither his tongue loosed, till after the child was named; therefore he could not ask for the table; and it is more reasonable that he, being dumb, should make signs, than that those should who had the use of their tongues." But, howsoever ingenious this may be, neither the words of the Greek text, nor their construction, will bear this version.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 1:63

    He asked - That is, by signs.

    A writing table - The table denoted by this word was usually made of wood and covered with wax. The ancients used to write on such tables, as they had not the use of paper. The instrument used for writing was an iron pen or style, by which they marked on the wax which covered the table. Sometimes the writing-table was made entirely of lead.