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The circumcision of John.


The prophecy of Zacharias. her cousins heard how the Lord / 70 As he spake by the mouth had shewed great mercy upon of his holy prophets, which have her; and they rejoiced with her. been since the world began:

59 And it came to pass, that 71 That we should be saved on the eighth day they came to from our enemies, and from the circumcise the child, and they hand of all that hate us; called him Zacharias, after the 72 To perform the mercy name of his father.

promised to our fathers, and to 60 And his mother answered remember his holy covenant; and said, Not so; but he shall 73 The oath which he sware be called John.

to our father Abraham, 61 And they said unto her, 74 That he would grant unto There is none of thy kindred us, that we, being delivered out that is called by this name.

of the hand of our enemies, 62 And they made signs to might serve him without fear, his father, how he would have 75 In holiness and righteoushim called.

ness before him, all the days of 63 And he asked for a writing our life. table, and wrote, saying, His 76 And thou, child, shalt be name is John. And they mar- called the prophet of the Highvelled all.

est, for thou shalt go before the 64 And his mouth was opened face of the Lord to prepare his immediately, and his tongue ways; loosed, and he spake, and prais- 77 To give knowledge of saled God.

vation unto his people, by the 65 And fear came on all that remission of their sins, dwelt round about them: and 78 Through the tender mercy all these sayings were noised of our God; whereby the day. abroad throughout all the hill spring from on high hath visited country of Judea.

us, 66 And all they that heard 79 To give light to them that them, laid them up in their hearts, sit in darkness and in the saying, What manner of child shadow of death, to guide our shall this be! And the hand or feet into the way of peace. the Lord was with him.

80 And the child grew, and 67 And his father Zacharias waxed strong in spirit, and was was filled with the Holy Ghost, in the deserts till the day of his and prophesied, saying,

shewing unto Israel. 68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited

1 Augustus taxeth all the Roman empirz. 6

The nativity of Christ. 8 One angel relateth and redeemed his people,

it to the shepherds : 13 many sing praises 69 And hath raised up an horn

to God for it.

22 Mary purified. 28 Simeon and Annut of salvation for us, in the house prophesy of Christ : 40 who increaseth in of his servant David:

wisdom, 46 questioneth in the temple with the doctors, 51 and is obedient to his parents.


21 Christ is circumcised.


circumcision of Christ.

Thë birth and


ND it came to pass in 12 And this shall be a sign

those days, that there went unto you; Ye shall find the babe out a decree from Cesar Augus- wrapped in swaddling-clothes, tus, that all the world should be lying in a manger. taxed.

13 And suddenly there was 2 (And this taxing was first with the angel a multitude of made when Cyrénius was gov- the heavenly host praising God, ernor of Syria.)

and saying 3 And all went to be taxed, 14 Glory to God in the highevery one into his own city. est, and on earth peace, good will

4 And Joseph also went up toward men. from Galilee, out of the city of 15 And it came to pass, as Nazareth, into Judea, unto the the angels were gone away from city of David, which is called them into heaven, the shepherds Bethlehem, (because he was of said one to another, Let us now the house and lineage of David,) go even unto Bethlehem, and see

5 To be taxed with Mary his this thing which is come to pass, espoused wife, being great with which the Lord hath made child.

known unto us. 6 And so it was, that while 16 And they came with haste, they were there, the days were and found Mary and Joseph, accomplished that she should and the babe lying in a manger. be delivered.

17 And when they had seen 7 And she brought forth her it, they made known abroad first-born son, and wrapped him the saying which was told them in swaddling-clothes, and laid concerning this child. him in a manger; because there 18 And all they that heard it, was no room for them in the inn. wondered at those things which

8 And there were in the same were told them by the shepherds. country shepherds abiding in 19 But Mary kept all these the field, keeping watch over things, and pondered them in their flock by night.

her heart

. 9 And lo, the angel of the 20 And the shepherds returnLord came upon them, and the ed, glorifying and praising God glory of the Lord shone round for all the things that they had about them; and they were sore heard and seen, as it was told afraid.

unto them. 10 And the angel said unto 21 And when eight days were thémi; Fear not : fór behold, I accomplished for the circumcibring you good tidings of great sing of the child, his name was joy, which shall be to all people. called JESUS, which was so

11 For unto you is born this named of the angel before he day, in the city of David, a Sa- was conceived in the womb. viout, which is Christ the Lord. 22 And when the days of her

Simeon's prophecy, and


Anna's, concerning Christ. purification according to the law | and said unto Mary his mothof Moses were acconplished, er, Behold, this child is set they brought him to Jerusalem, for the fall and rising again of to present him to the Lord ; many in Israel; and for a sign

23 (As it is written in the which shall be spoken against ; law of the Lord, Every male 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce that openeth the womb shall through thy own soul also;) that be called holy to the Lord ;) the thoughts of many hearts

24 And to offer a sacrifice may be revealed. according to that which is said 36 And there was one Anna, in the law of the Lord, A pair a prophetess, the daughter of of turtle doves, or two young Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: pigeons.

she was of a great age, and had 25 And behold, there was a lived with an husband seven man in Jerusalem, whose name years from her virginity; was Simeon; and the same man 37 And she was a widow of was just and devout, waiting for about fourscore and four years, the consolation of Israel: and which departed not from the the Holy Ghost was upon him. temple, but served God with

26 And it was revealed unto fastings and prayers night and him by the Holy Ghost, that day. he should not see death, before 38 And she coming in that he had seen the Lord's Christ.

instant, gave thanks likewise 27 And he came by the Spir- unto the Lord, and spake of it into the temple; and when him to all them that looked for the parents brought in the child redemption in Jerusalem. Jesus, to do for him after the 39 And when they had percustom of the law,

formed all things according to 28 Then took he him up in his the law of the Lord, they rearms, and blessed God, and said, turned into Galilee, to their own

29 Lord, now lettest thou thy city Nazareth. servant depart in peace, accord- 40 And the child grew, and ing to thy word:

waxed strong in spirit, filled 30 For mine eyes have seen with wisdom; and the grace of thy salvation,

God was upon him. 31 Which thou hast prepared 41 Now his parents went to before the face of all people; Jerusalem every year at the

32 A light to ignten the feast of the passover. Gentiles, and the glory of thy 42 And when he was twelve people Israel.

years old, they went up to Jo33 And Joseph and his moth- rusalem after the custom of the er marvelled at those things feast. which were spoken of him. 43 And when they had ful34 And Simeon blessed them, I filled the days, as they return

Christ questioneth the doctors. CHAP. III.

The preaching of John. ed, the child Jesus tarried be- John. 21 Christ baptized, receiveth testimony hind in Jerusalem ; and Joseph

from heaven. 23 The age, and genealogy of

Christ from Joseph upwards.

N W , to have been in the company, Cesar, Pontius Pilate being went a day's journey; and they governor of Judea, and Herod sought him among their kinsfolk being tetrarch of Galilee, and and acquaintance.

his brother Philip tetrarch of 45 And when they found him Iturea and of the region of not, they turned back again to Trachonitis, and Lysanias the Jerusalem, seeking him. tetrarch of Abilene,

46 And it came to pass, that 2 Annas and Caiaphas being after three days they found him the high priests, the word of in the temple, sitting in the God came unto John the son of midst of the doctors, both hear- | Zacharias in the wilderness. ing them, and asking them 3 And he came into all the questions.

country about Jordan, preach47 And all that heard him ing the baptism' of repentance, were astonished at his under for the remission of sins; standing and answers.

4 As it is written in the book 48 And when they saw him, of the words of Esaias the they were amazed : and his prophet, saying, The voice of mother said unto him, Son, why one crying in the wilderness, hast thou thus dealt with us? Prepare ye the way of the Lord, behold, thy father and I have make his paths straight. sought thee sorrowing.

5 Every valley shall be filled, 49 And he said unto them, and every mountain and hill How is it that ye sought me? shall be brought low; and the wist ye not that I must be about crooked shall be made straight, my Father's business?

and the rough ways shall be 50 And they understood not made smooth; the saying which he spake unto 6 And all flesh shall see the them.

salvation of God. 51 And he went down with 7 Then said he to the multithem, and came to Nazareth, tude that came forth to be bapand was subject unto them: tized of him, O generation of but his mother kept all these vipers, who hath warned you to sayings in her heart.

flee from the wrath to come? 52 And Jesus increased in 8 Bring forth therefore fruits wisdom and stature, and in fa-worthy of repentance, and bevour with God and man.

gin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our fa

ther: for I say unto you, That 1 The preaching and baptism of John: 15 kis

testimony of Christ. 20 Herod imprisoneth God is able of these stones to


John's testimony of Christ.


Christ is baptized by him. raise up children unto Abra- | 18 And many other things in ham.

his exhortation préached he ġ And now also the axe is unto the people. laid unto the root of the trees : 19 But Herod the tetrarch, every tree therefore which bring- being reproved by him for Heeth not forth good fruit, is hewn rodias his brother Philip's wife, down, and cast into the fire. and for all the evils which

10 And the people asked him, Herod had done, saying, What shall we do then? 20 Added yet this above all,

^ He answereth and saith that he shut up John in prison. unto them, He that hath two 21 Now when all the people coats, let him impart to him that were baptized, it came to pass, hath none; and he that hath that Jesus also being baptized, meat, let him do likewise. and praying, the heaven was

12 Then came also publicans opened, to be baptized, and said unto 22 And the Holy Ghost dehim, Master, what shall we do?. scended in a bodily shape like

13 And he said unto them, a dove upon him, and a voice Exact no more than that which came from heaven, which said, is appointed you.

Thou art my beloved Son; in 14 And the soldiers likewise thee I am well pleased. demanded of him, saying, And 23 And Jesus himself began what shall we do? And he said to be about thirty years of age, unto them, Do violence to no being (as was supposed) the son man, neither accuse any falsely; of Joseph, which was the son of and be content with your wages. Heli, 15 And as the people were in

24 Which was the son of expectation, and all men mused Matthat, which was the son of in their hearts of John, whether Levi, which was the son of he were the Christ, or not; Melchi, which was the son of

16 John answered, saying un- Janna, which was the son of to them all, I indeed" baptize Joseph, you with water; but one might

25 Which was the son of ier than I cometh, the latchet Mattathias, which was the son of whose shoes I am not wor- of Amos, which was the son thy to unloose : he shall baptize of Naum, which was the son you with the Holy Ghost, and of Esli, which was the son of with fire:

Nagge, 17 Whose fan is in his hand, 26 Which was the the son of and he will thoroughly purge Maath, which was the son of his floor, and will gather the Mattathias, which was the son wheat. into his garner; but the of Semei, which was the son of chaff he will burn with fire un- Joseph, which was the son of quenchable.


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