“Then his father,
Was filled with
The Holy Spirit.
Καὶ Ζαχαρίας ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ ἐπλήσθη Πνεύματος Ἁγίου καὶ ἐπροφήτευσεν λέγων
Luke indicated that Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit, just like John, Mary, and Elizabeth, earlier in this chapter, in verses 15, 35, and 41. This gift of the Holy Spirit was tied to prophecy just as in Joel, chapter 2:28, where there was an outpouring of the Spirit upon all humans, the young men, the sons, the young women, and the daughters. These young people would prophesize, while the old men would dream dreams. The young men would see visions. Even the male and female slaves would receive this outpouring of the Spirit. Luke has this outpouring of the Spirit when Peter talked in the Acts of the Apostles. Here Luke said that John’s father (ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ), Zechariah (Καὶ Ζαχαρίας), was filled with the Holy Spirit (ἐπλήσθη Πνεύματος Ἁγίου). Thus, Zechariah spoke this prophesy (καὶ ἐπροφήτευσεν λέγων).