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on all who dwelt round about them: and all these things were reported throughout all the mountainous country of Judea. 66 And all those that heard them, laid them up in their hearts, say ing, "What kind of child will this be?" And the hand of the Lord was with him.

death, to guide our feet in the way of peace.”

76" And thou, child, shalt be talled a prophet of the Most High; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord, to prepare his ways; 17 to give knowledge of salvation to his people, by remission of their sins, 78 through the tender mercy | of our God, 79 by which the dayspring hath visited us, to shine from on high, upon those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of

80 And the child grew, and was strengthened in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his public appearance to Israel.

CH. II. 1 NOW it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cesar Augustus, that all the earth should be enrolled. 2 (This was the first enrolment of Cyrenius, afterward governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be enrolled, every one to his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, (because he was of the house and family of David,) 5 to be enrolled with Mary, his espoused wife, then great with child.

67 And his father Zachariah was filled with a holy spirit, and rophesied; saying, 68 “ Blessed | be the Lord, the God of Israel; For he hath regarded,and wrought redemption for his people; 69 and hath raised up a horn of sal"ation for us, in the house of his servant David; 70 (as he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, from the commencement of the ge:) 71 even salvation from our nemies, and from the hand of all hat hate us; 72 to perform the work of mercy promised to our Fathers, and to remember his holy ovenant; 73 according to the bath which he sware to our father

6 And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought

Abraham, that he would grant un-forth her first-born son, and swathed him, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

o us, 74 that we, being delivered ut of the hands of our enemies, hould serve him without fear, 15 by holiness and righteousness n his sight, all our days.

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, and keeping night watches over their flock. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory [of the Lord] shone round about them: and they were greatly terrified. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not : for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people: 11 for unto you is born this day, in the city of

Thy oixouμevny the inhabited earth ; i. e. the Roman empire.

David, a saviour, who is Christ | law of the Lord: “ Every male, the Lord. 12 And this shall be who first openeth the womb, shall to you a sign; ye will find a babe be called holy to the Lord;") 24 swathed, and laid in a manger." and to offer a sacrifice, according 13 And suddenly there was with to that which is said in the law of the angel a multitude of the hea- the Lord; "A pair of turtle-doves; venly host, praising God, and say- or two young pigeons.” ing, 14" Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men."

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25 And, behold, there was man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and religious, looking for the consolation of Israel: and a holy spirit was upon him. 26 And it was revealed to him by the holy spirit, that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Anointed. 27 And he came by the spirit into the temple : and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him accord. de-ing to the custom of the law, 28 Simeon took him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 “ ( sovereign Lord, now dost thou dismiss thy servant in peace, according to thy word: 30 for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31 which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32 a light to be revealed to the gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel."

15 And it came to pass, when the angels were gone away from them, into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known to us." 16 And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And having seen it they clared what had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things in memory, considering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all things which they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21 AND when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS; the name given to him by the angel, before he was con

ceived in the womb.

22 AND when the days of their purification were accomplished, according to the law of Moses, his parents brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23 (as it is written in the

33 And his father and mother wondered at those things which were spoken of him. 34 And Simeon blessed them; and said to Mary his mother, "Lo, this child is appointed for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which will be spoken against; 35 (yea a sword will pierce through thine own soul also ;) so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.”

36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Pha

nuel, of the tribe of Asher: (she | seeing him, they were amazed:

was far advanced in years, and had lived with a husband seven *years from her virginity: 37 and C she was now a widow of about eighty-four years, who departed

and his mother said to him, “Child, why hast thou done thus to us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing." 49 And he said to them, "How is it that not from the temple, but served | ye sought me ? knew ye not that God with fastings and prayer I must needs be in my Father's night and day:) 38 she also came house ?" 50 But they understood upon them at the same time, and not the thing which he spake to gave thanks to the Lord, and them. 51 And he went down with spake of the child to all those them, [and came] to Nazareth, who looked for redemption in Je- and was subject to them: and his rusalem. mother kept all these things in her her heart. 52 And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.

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39 And having performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

40 And the child grew and was strengthened [in spirit,] being filled with wisdom: and the favour of God was upon him.

CH. III. 1 NOW in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cesar, (Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2 Annas and Caiaphas being high-priests,) the word of God came to John, the son of Zachariah, in the desert.

41 NOW his parents went to Jerusalem every year, at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, after they had gone up [to Jerusalem] according to the custom of the feast, and had fulfilled the days; 43 as they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and Joseph and his mother knew it not: 44 3 And he came into all the but, supposing him to be in the country about Jordan, publishcompany, they went a day's jour-ing the baptism of reformation, ney: and they sought him among for the remission of sins: 4 as it their kindred and acquaintance: is written in the book of the 45 but not finding him, they re- words of the prophet Isaiah, turned to Jerusalem, seeking him. [who saith,] "The voice of one 46 And it came to pass that, after crying in the desert, Prepare three days, they found him in the ye the way of the Lord, make temple, sitting in the midst of his paths straight. 5 Every valthe teachers, both hearing them ley shall be filled, and every and asking them questions. mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked places shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And his parents

7 Then he said to the multitudes that went forth to be baptized by him, "O brood of vipers, who hath prompted you to flee from the impending vengeance? 8 Produce then, the proper fruits of reformation; and say not within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father' for I assure you, that of these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.

made smooth: 6 and all flesh | spake to them all, saying, "I shall see the salvation of God." indeed baptize you in water, but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose sandals I am not worthy to unloose: he will baptize you in a holy spirit, and fire: 17 whose winnowingshovel is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his floor, and will gather the wheat into his granary; but will consume the chaff in unquenchable fire.” 18 And many other glad tidings also he published to the people, exhorting them.

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19 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him about Herodias his brother's wife, and about all the evil things which Herod had done, 20 added this likewise to all, that he confined John in prison.

21 NOW it came to pass when all the people were baptized, that Jesus also having been baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened; 22 and the holy spirit descended in a bodily appearance, like a dove, upon him; and a voice came from heaven, [saying,] "Thou art my beloved son; in thee I am well pleased."

9" And already the axe also lieth at the root of the trees; every tree therefore which produceth not good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire." 10 And the multitudes asked him, saying, "What then shall we do?" 11 And he answering, said to them, "He that hath two coats, let him give to him that hath none; and he that hath food, let him do in like manner." 12 Then came publicans also to be baptized, and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?" 13 And he said to them, "Exact no more than that which is appointed to you.' 14 And the soldiers also asked him, saying, "And what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Take by violence from no one, and accuse not any falsely; and be content with your wages."

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15 And the people were in expectation, and all men reasoned in their hearts, concerning John, whether he were the Christ or not; 16 but John

23 AND Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age; being (as was allowed by law) the son of Joseph,* the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Janna, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathiah, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggé, 26 the son of Maath,

• Griesbach has mentioned no less than eight different readings to this verse, which circum stance shows that its sense has been a matter of doubt.

the son of Mattathiah, the son of Semei, the son of Joseph, the son of Judah, 27 the son of Joanna, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Salathiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmodam, the son of Er, 29 the son of José, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jessé, the son of Obed, the son of Booz, the son of Salmon, the son of Naasson, 33 the son of Aminadab, the son of Aram, the son of Hezron, the son of Phares, the son of Judah, 34 the son Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Salah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enoch, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.*

CH. IV. 1 NOW Jesus returned from Jordan, full of a holy spirit, and was led by the

spirit into the desert forty days, being tempted by an impostor.t 2 And in those days he ate nothing; and, they being ended, [afterward] he was hungry. 3 And the impostor said to him, "If thou be a son of God, command that this stone become a loaf."

4 And Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written,' Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every thing which God pleaseth." "+ 5 And [the impostor] brought him to a high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the earth, in a moment of time. 6 And the impostor said to him, " All this power I will give thee, and the glory of them: for it is delivered to me, and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If, therefore, thou wilt worship me, all shall be thine." 8 And Jesus answering him, said, "It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and thou shalt serve him only.'

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9 And the impostor brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on the battlement of the temple, and said to him, "If thou be a son of God, cast thyself down from this place: 10 for it is written, 'He shall give his angels charge over thee, to preserve thee: 11 and [that] on their hands they shall support thee, lest thou strike thy foot against a stone."" 12 And Jesus answering, said to him, “It

The copies vary much in the order of the names, and the Cambridge manuscript contains the same genealogy here as in Matthew.

A visionary scene; supernaturally presented to the mind of Christ, to instruct him in the proper use of his miraculous powers. See note on Matt. iv. 1.

Gr. "Every word of God."

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