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and is baptized, shall be saved ;* | by laying their hands upon them." but he who believeth not shall be 19 SO then, after the Lord had condemned. 17 And these signs spoken to them, he was taken up shall follow those who believe : In into heaven, and sat on the right my name they shall cast out de hand of God. 20 And as for them, mons ; they shall speak in new they went forth, and proclaimed languages ; 18 they shall take up the tidings every where ; the serpents; and if they drink any Lord working with them, and deadly thing, it shall not hurt confirming the word by signs folthem : they shall cure the sick, I lowing.]



wife was of the daughters of 1 SINCE many have under- Aaron, and her name was Elizataken to prepare an account of beth. 6 And they were both rightthose things which are fully be- eous in the sight of God, walking lieved amongst us; 2 according in all the commandments and as those delivered them to us, ordinances of the Lord without who from the beginning were blame. 7 And they had no child, eye-witnesses, and ministers of because Elizabeth was barren; the Word; 3 it hath seemed and they were both far advanced good to me also, having gained in years. exact knowledge of all things 8 And it came to pass that, from the first, to write them to while he executed the priest's of. thee in order, most excellent fice before God in the order of his Theophilus; 4 that thou mayest course, 9 according to the cusknow the certainty of those tom of the priesthood, his lot was things, in which thou hast been to go into the temple of the Lord instructed.

and to burn incense. 10 And the 5 IN the days of Herod, the whole multitude of the people king of Judea, there was a cer. were praying without, at the time tain priest named Zachariah, of of incense. 11 And there appear. the course of Abijah: and his led to him an angel of the Lord,

* " He, who professes faith in me, shall be admitted to the privileges of the christian community: he, who does not believe, shall remain under all the disadvantages of a beathen state." Im. Ver. Note.

+ " It appears from a comparison of 1 Chron. xxiv. 19, with chap. ix. 27, and with 2 Chron. xxiii. 8, and 2 Kings, xi. 6–7, that these courses of the Priests were weekly, or of seven days each, and began and ended on the Sabbath." Parkburst.

standing on the right hand of the temple. 22 And on his coming altar of incense. 12 And Zacha-out, he could not speak to them : riah was troubled at the sight, and they perceived that he had and fear fell upon him.

seen a vision in the temple : for 13 But the angel said to him, he made signs to them, and re" Fear not, Zachariah : for thy mained speechless. 23 And it prayer hath been heard ; and thy came to pass as soon as the days wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a of his ministration were accomson, and thou shalt call his name plished, he returned home. John. 14 And thou shalt have joy 24 And after those days his and gladness; and many shall re- wife Elizabeth conceived, and she joice at his birth. 15 For he concealed herself five months, shall be great in the sight of the saying, 25 The Lord hath thus Lord, and shall drink neither dealt with me, in the days wherewine nor strong drink; and he in he hath looked on me, to take shall be filled with a holy spirit, away my reproach among men.even from his birth, 16 And many 26 And in the sixth month, the of the sons of Israel he shall turn angel Gabriel was sent from God, to the Lord their God. 17 More. to a city of Galilee, named Naover he shall go before them, in zareth, 27 to a virgin espoused the sight of God, * with the spirit to a man named Joseph, of the and power of Elijah, to turn the house of David ; and the virgin's hearts of the fathers to their chilo name was Mary. 28 And the andren, and the disobedient by the gel coming to her, said, Hail, wisdom of the righteous; to make highly favoured virgin : the Lord ready for the Lord « prepared be with thee : [blessed art thou people.

among women.” 18 And Zachariah said to the

29 And she was much troubled angel, By what shall I know at his saying, and considered what this ? for I am an old man, and kind of salutation this could be. my wife is far advanced in 30 And the angel said to her, 19 And the angel an

Fear not, Mary : for thou hast swering, suid to him, I am Ga. found favour with God. 31 And briel, who attend in the presence behold, thou shalt conceive and of God; and I am sent 10 speak bring forth a son, and shalt to thee, and to tell thee these glad call his name Jesus. 32 He shall ridings. 20 And, behold, thou shalt be great, and shall be called a be dumb, and not able 10 speak, Son of the Most High : and the until the day in which these things Lord God shall give to him the will be performed; because thou throne of his father David : 33 hast not believed my words; which and he shall reign over the house shall be fulfilled in their season.of Jacob to the ages; and of his

21 Now the people were ex-reign there shall be no end.pecting Zachariah, and wonder. 34 Then said Mary to the aned that he carried so long in the gel, How can this be, since I

* Gr. " And he shall proceed in his sight." See ver. 6, 15, 19, and 75.


know not a man?” 35 And the forth all generations will proangel answering, said to her, Anounce me happy. 49 For he that holy spirit shall come upon thee, is mighty hath done to me great and a power of the Most High things ; and holy is his name; shall overshadow

thee :

and 50 and his mercy is on those who therefore thy offspring will be fear him, to all generations. 51 holy, and shall be called a son of He showeth strength with his God. 36 And, behold, thy kins. arm: he scattereth those who are woman Elizabeth, she also hath proud in the imagination of their conceived a son, in her old age :hearts. 52 He putteth down the and this is the sixth month with mighty from their thrones ; and her that was called barren. 37 For exalteth those of humble stale. 53 with God nothing is impossible.He filleth the hungry with good 38 Then Mary said, Behold the things ; and the rich he sendeth servant of the Lord ; be it unto away empty. 54 He supporteth me according to thy word.And Israel his servant, remembering the angel departed from her. mercy, 55 (as he promised to our

39 And Mary arose in those fathers,) towards Abraham, and days, and went into the mountain- his race to the age.” 56 And ous country with haste, to a city Mary abode with Elizabeth about of Judea, 40 and entered into the three months, and returned home. house of Zachariah, and greeted 57 NOW Elizabeth's full time Elizabeth. 41 And it came to pass came, that she should be delivered; that, when Elizabeth heard the and she brought forth a son. 58 greeting of Mary, the babe leaped And her neighbours and her kin. in her womb : and Elizabeth was dred heard that the Lord had filled with a holy spirit, 42 and shown her great kindness; and spake out with a loud voice, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And it said, Blessed art thou among came to pass, on the eighth day, women ; and blessed is the fruit that they came to circumcise the of thy womb. 43 And whence is child; and would have called him this to me, that the mother of my Zachariah, after the name of his Lord should come to me? 44 For, father. 60 But his mother speaklo, as soon as the voice of thy ing, said, Not so; but he shall greeting sounded in mine ears, be called John.61 And they said the babe leaped in my womb for to her, There is no one among joy. 45 And happy is she who thy kindred called by this name." believed that there would be a 62 Then they made signs 10 fulfilment of those things which his father, how he would have were told her from the Lord.him named. 63 And he beckoned

46 Then Mary said, My soul for a writing-tablet, and wrote, magnifieth the Lord ; 47 and my saying, His name is John.And spirit rejoiceth greatly in God, all wondered. 64 And forthwith my Saviour. 48 For he hath re- his mouth was opened, and his garded the humble state of his congue loosed, and he spake, and servant : for, behold, hence blessed God. 65 And fear came

on all who dwelt round about death, to guide our feet in the them : and all these things were way of peace.reported throughout all the moun. 80 And the child grew, and tainous country of Judea. 66 was strengthened in spirit, and And all those that heard them, was in the deserts till the day of laid them up in their hearts, say- his public appearance to Israel. ing,What kind of child will this CH. II. I NOW it came to be?And the hand of the Lord pass in those days, that there went was with him.

out a decree from Cesar Augus67 And his father Zachariah tus, that all the earth* should be was filled with a holy spirit, and enrolled. 2 (This was the first enprophesied ; saying, 68 « Blessed rolment of Cyrenius, afterward be the Lord, the God of Israel; governor of Syria.) 3 And all for he hath regarded,and wrought went to be enrolled, every one to redemption for his people ; 69 his own city, 4 And Joseph also and hath raised up a horn of sal went up from Galilee, out of the vation for us, in the house of his city of Nazareth, into Judea, to servant David ; 70 (as he spake the city of David, which is called by the mouth of his holy prophets, Bethlehem, (because he was of from the commencement of the the house and family of David,) age :) 71 even salvation from our | 5 to be enrolled with Mary, his enemies, and from the hand of all espoused wife, then great with that hate us ; 72 to perform the child. work of mercy promised to our 6 And it came to pass, while fathers, and to remember his holy they were there, the days were covenant ; 73 according to the accomplished that she should be oath which he sware to our father delivered. 7 And she brought Abraham, that he would grant un. forth her first-born son, and to us, 74 that we, being delivered swathed him, and laid him in a out of the hands of our enemies, manger; because there was no should serve him without fear, room for them in the inn. 75 by holiness and righteousness 8 Now there were in the same in his sight, all our days.

country shepherds abiding in the 76 6 And thou, child, shalt be field, and keeping night watches called a prophet of the Most High: over their flock. 9 And behold, an for thou shalt go before the fuce angel of the Lord came upon of the Lord, to prepare his ways; them, and the glory [of the Lord] 77 to give knowledge of salvation shone round about them: and to his people, by remission of their they were greatly terrified. 10 sins, 78 through the tender mercy And the angel said to them, Fear of our God, 79 by which the day- not : for, behold, I bring you good spring hath visited us, to shine tidings of great joy, which shall from on high, upon those who sit be to all people : 11 for unto you in darkness and in the shadow of is born this day, in the city of

TNV OIXOU HLEVNV 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 å 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 high 25 And, behold, there was est, and on earth peace, good will man in Jerusalem, whose name towards men."

was Simeon ; and this man was 15 And it came to pass, when righteous and religious, looking the angels were gone away from for the consolation of Israel: and them, into heaven, that the shep- a holy spirit was upon him. 26 herds said to one another, « Let And it was revealed to him by the us now go to Bethlehem, and see holy spirit, that he should not see this thing which is come to pass, death before he had seen the which the Lord hath made known | Lord's Anointed. 27 And he came to us.16 And they went with by the spirit into the temple : and haste, and found Mary and Josefih, when the parents brought in the and the babe lying in a manger. child Jesus, to do for him accord17 And having seen it they de-ing to the custom of the law, 28 clared what had been told them Simeon took him up in his arms, concerning this child, 18 And all and blessed God, and said, 29 “O that heard it wondered at those sovereign Lord, now dost thou things which were told them by dismiss thy servant in peace, acthe shepherds. 19 But Mary kept cording to thy word : 30 for mine all these things in memory, con eyes have seen thy salvation, 31 sidering them in her heart. 20 which thou hast prepared before And the shepherds returned, the face of all people ; 32 a light glorifying and praising God for to be revealed to the gentiles, and all things which they had heard the glory of thy people Israel." and scen, as it had been told

33 And his father and mother them.

wondered at those things which 21 And when eight days were

were spoken of him. 34 And Siaccomplished for the circumcising meon blessed them; and suid to of the child, his name was called Mary his mother, Lo, this child Jesus; the name given to him is appointed for the fall and risby the angel, before he was con- ing again of many in Israel ; and ceived in the womb.

for a sign which will be spoken 22 And when the days of their against ; 35 (yea a sword will purification were accomplished, pierce through thine own soul according to the law of Moses, also ;) so that the thoughts of his parents brought him to Jeru- many hearts will be revealed." salem, to present him to the 36 And there was one Anna, a Lord ; 23 (as it is written in the prophetess, the daughter of Pha

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