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BEFORE THE PUBLIC MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST, CONTAINING

THE SPACE OF THIRTY YEARS AND SIX MONTHS.

1 Pet. 5.1. 2 Pet.l.16.

1. The preface of St. Luke to his whole Gospel. L. 1. FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand

to set forth in order a declaration of those things 2 which are most surely believed among us, * even · Heb. 2.3. as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of 1Johnl.l. 3 the word; "it seemed good to me also, o having bActs 15.

19, 25, 28. had perfect understanding of all things from the

1 Cor.7.40. very first, to write unto thee in order, most Acts 11.

4. 4 excellent Theophilus, that thou mightest know

d Acts 1.1. the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

a Prov. 8. 2. The divinity, humanity, and office of Jesus 22,23,&c.

Christ. J. 1.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Rev: 1:2.

Word was with God, and the Word was God. b Prov. 8. 2, 3 The same was in the beginning with God. All 1John 1.2.

things were made by Shim; and without him was John 5.7. 4 not any thing made that was made. In him.Gen.1.1.

was life; and the life was the light of men. Col. 1. 16. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the Heb. 1. 2. darkness comprehended it not.

flJohn 5.

Col. 1. 17. 1 John 1.1.

e Ps. 33. 6.

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2 known. Tyndale. accomplished. Rheims. Campbell.
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1 John 2.8. Heb.1.2.

Rom.8.15.

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°1 Tim. 3. 16.

Gal. 4. 4.

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The incarnation of the Word. 8 There was a man sent from God, whose name J. 1. 1 Ac. 19.4 was John. "The same came for a witness, to 6, 7 Is. 49.6. bear witness of the Light, that all men through

him might believe. He was not that Light, but 8 & 1.3 was sent to bear witness of that Light. "That 9 & 13. 46. was the true Light, which lighteth every man

. : that cometh into the world. He was in the 10 Gal. 3.26. world, and the world was made by him, and 1 John 3.1. the world knew him not. 'He came unto his 11 1 Pet. 1.23 ? own, and his own received him not. But m

many as received him, to them gave he power P Rom.1.3. to become the sons of God, even to them that 9Heb.2.11, believe on his name: " which were born, not 18

13 14, 16, 17. of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the 2 Pet. 1.17. will of man, but of God. & 2. 3, 9.

And the Word P t was made 'flesh, and 5dwelt 14 * Eph. 1. among us, (and 'we beheld his glory, the glory 6,7,8, as of the only begotten of the Father,) * full of & 2.9,10. grace and truth. *Ex.20.1,

John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, 15 444&5.1

. This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh Rom. 3. after me is preferred before me: * for he was before me.

And of his u fulness have all we 16 Ex3320. received, and grace for grace.

For x the law 17 I Tim. 1. was given by Moses, but grace and truth came i John 4. by Jesus Christ. ? No man hath seen God at 18

any time; “ the only begotten Son, which is in
the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

r Is. 40. 5.

Col.1.19.

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&c. Deut.

24. & 5.21. & 6. 14.

Deut. 4.12.

12, 20. al John 4. 9.

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3. The conception of John the Baptist.

There was in the days of Herod, the king of L. 1. an Chr.24. Judæa, a certain priest named Zacharias, a of the 12. 4, 17. course of Abia : and his wife was of the daugh& 17.1.' ters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. I Kin.9.4. And they were both righteous before God, 6 Job l. 1. walking in all the commandments and ordi& 24.16. nances of the Lord blameless. And they had 7

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Phil. 3. 6.

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own land, and his own people. C. 3 right, or, privilege. marg. 4 became. Bishops' Bible. 5 pitched his tabernacle. Doddridge. favour for favour. T. grace upon grace. D.

6

19. 2 Chr.

8. 1 Sam.

1 Chr. 23. 13. 2 Chr.

fEx. 30.1.

The conception of John the Baptist.

3 L. 1. no child, because that Elisabeth was barren,

and they both were now well stricken in years. 8 And it came to pass, that while he executed

the priest's office before God in the order of 1 Chr.24. 9 his course, according to the custom of the 8. 14. & priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when 31. 2.

Ex.30.7, 10 he went into the 2 temple of the Lord. And

the whole multitude of the people were praying 2. 28. 11 without at the time of incense. And there

appeared unto him an angel of the Lord stand- 29. 11.

ing on the right side of the altar of incense. 17. Rev. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, 8. 3, 4. 13 and fear fell upon him. But the angel said 8 Judg. 6.

unto him, Fear not, Zacharias : for thy prayer 22. & 13.

is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee 10. 8. 14 a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And Acts 10.4.

Rev. 1.17. thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many 15 shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and "shall drink nei- Nu. 6.3.

. ther wine nor strong drink; and he shall be Judg.134

filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his 'Jer. 1.5. 16 mother's womb. And many of the children Mal. 4.

of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 5, 6. 17 'And he shall go before him in the spirit and 'Mal. 4. 5.

power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers
to the children, and the disobedient to the wis-
dom of the just; to make ready a people pre-
pared for the Lord.

And Zacharias said unto the angel, " Whereby - Gen. 17. shall I know this? for I am an old man, and 19 my wife well stricken in years. And the angel

answering said unto him, I am "Gabriel, that " Dan. 8. stand in the presence of God; and am sent to 21, 22, 23.

speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad Heb. 1.14. 20 tidings. And, behold, o thou shalt be dumb, and Ezek. 3.

not able to speak, until the day that these things 27.
shall be performed, because thou believest not

my words, which shall be fulfilled in their sea21 son. And the people waited for Zacharias, and

sanctuary. C.

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16. & 9.

26. & 24.

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