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LORD, 2 Chron. xxxi. 2. And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses, Ezra vi. 18.

VER. 9.

Κατὰ τὸ ἔθος τῆς ἱερατείας, ἔλαχε τοῦ θυμιάσαι, εἰσελθὼν εἰς τὸν ναὸν τοῦ Κυρίου. According to the custom of the Priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

a And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations, Exod. xxx. 7, 8. And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel, to be my priest, and to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me, 1 Sam. ii. 28.

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And there appeared unto him an aangel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

aSee on Matt. xviii. ver. 10. clause 2. b And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon; of shittim-wood shalt thou make it. A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be and two cubits shall be the height thereof the horns thereof shall be of the same. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about. And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof; upon the two sides of it shalt thou make it; and they shall be for places for the

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staves to bear it withal. And thou shalt make the staves of shittim-wood, and overlay them with gold. And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy-seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning, when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn inbefore the LORD throughout your gecense upon it; a perpetual incense nerations, Exodus xxx. 1-8. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. Rev. viii. 3.

VER. 12.

Καὶ ἐταράχθη Ζαχαρίας ἰδὼν, καὶ φόβος ἐπέπεσεν ἐπ ̓ αὐτόν·

And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

VER. 13.

Εἶπε δὲ πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ ἄγγελος· Μὴ φοβοῦ, Ζαχαρία· διότι εἰσηκούσθη ἡ δέησίς σου καὶ ἡ γυνὴ σου Ελισάβετ γεννήσει υἱόν σοι, καὶ καλέσεις τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ Ἰωάννην.

But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, band thou shalt call his name John.

a And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived, Gen. xxv. 21. Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord. And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever. And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good;

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tarry until thou have weaned him; | only the LORD establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him. And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of four, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh and the child was young. And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli. And she said, Oh, my lord! as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD. For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I

asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there, 1 Sam. i. 20-28. And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life, 2 Kings iv. 16, 17.

b And it came to pass, that on the eight day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And he asked for a writing-table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God,


VER. 14.

Καὶ ἔσται χαρά σοι καὶ ἀγαλλίασις, καὶ πολλοὶ ἐπὶ τῇ γεννήσει αὐτοῦ χαρή


a And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

a And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her, ver. 58. The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have

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joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice, Prov. xxiii. 24, 25.

VER. 15.

Έσται γὰρ μέγας ἐνώπιον τοῦ Κυρίου" καὶ οἶνον καὶ σίκερα οὐ μὴ πίῃ· καὶ Πνεύ ματος ἁγίου πλησθήσεται ἔτι ἐκ κοιλίας μητρὸς αὑτοῦ.


a For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine with the Holy Ghost, even from his nor strong drink; and he shall be filled

mother's womb.

a See on Matt. xi. ver. 9. and 11. clause 1.

b For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil, Luke vii. 33. and Matt. xi. 18. Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD: He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk, Numb. vi. 2—4.


And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance, Acts ii. 4. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people were added unto the Lord, xi. 24. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit, Eph, v. 18.

d Before thou camest forth out of the

womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations, Jer.

i. 5.

VER. 16.

Καὶ πολλοὺς τῶν υἱῶν Ἰσραὴλ ἐπιστρέψει ἐπὶ Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν αὐτῶν.

a And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

a And thou, child, shalt be called The prophet of the highest: For thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways, ver. 76. In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judæa, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven

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is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judæa, and all the region round about Jordan. And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins, Matt. iii. 1-6. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him

not: but the Publicans and the harlots believed him and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him, xxi. 32.

VER. 17.

Καὶ αὐτὸς προελεύσεται ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ ἐν πνεύματι καὶ δυνάμει Ἠλίου, ἐπιστρέψαι καρδίας πατέρων ἐπὶ τέκνα, καὶ ἀπειθεῖς ἐν φρονήσει δικαίων, ἑτοιμάσαι Κυρίῳ λαὸν κατεσκευασμένον.

And he shall go before him bin the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, d and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

*Or, by.

a John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me, John i. 15. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent, were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara, beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John seeth Jesus com

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Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers! who hath warn ed you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth, therefore, fruits worthy of repentance; and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also

the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree, therefore, which bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and cast into the fire. And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answered and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Then came also Publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages, iii. 7-14. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse, Mal. iv. 5, 6.


They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine, Isa. xxix. 24. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went, Matt. xxi. 29. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed,

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but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God, 1 Cor. vi. 9—11.

e And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only, 1 Sam. vii. 3. And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly, 2 Chron. xxix. 36. The preparations of

the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD, Prov. xvi. 1. And that he might make known | the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Rom. ix. 23.

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Καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ ἄγγελος, εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Εγώ εἰμι Γαβριὴλ ὁ παρεστηκὼς ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ· καὶ ἀπεστάλην λαλῆσαι πρός σε, καὶ εὐαγγελίσασθαί σοι ταῦτα.

And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and amn sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

* And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, ver. 26. And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand | the vision, Dan. viii. 16. Yes, whiles | I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly

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Εξελθὼν δὲ οὐκ ἠδύνατο λαλῆσαι αὐτοῖς· καὶ ἐπέγνωσαν ὅτι οπτασίαν ἑώρακεν ἐν τῷ | ναῶν καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν διανεύων αὐτοῖς, καὶ διέμενε κωφός.

And when he came out, he could not

speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple : for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

VER. 23.

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Οὗτος ἔσται μέγας, καὶ υἱὸς ὑψίστου κληθήσεται· καὶ δώσει αὐτῷ Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς τὸν θρόνον Δαβὶδ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ.

a He shall be great, and shall be callhis father David: Ga-ed the Sonof the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of

briel was sent from God unto a city of And in the sixth month the angel

Galilee, named Nazareth,

VER. 27.

Πρὸς παρθένον μεμνηστευμένην ἀνδρὶ ᾧ ὄνομα Ἰωσὴφ, ἐξ οἴκου Δαβίδ· καὶ τὸ ὄνομα τῆς παρθένου, Μαριάμ.

a To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

[Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: when as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost, Matt. i. 18.] a See on Matt. i. ver. 18. clause 1.

VER. 28.

Καὶ εἰσελθὼν ὁ ἄγγελος πρὸς αὐτὴν, εἶπε· Χαῖρε, κεχαριτωμένη· ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ· εὐλογημένη σὺ ἐν γυναιξίν.

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

a For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink, and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb, ver. 15. John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire, iii. 16. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire, Matt. iii. 11. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall con

demn it for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here, xii. 42. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in

* Or, graciously accepted, or, much heaven and in earth, xxviii. 18. Wheregraced. See ver. 30.

VER. 29.

Η δέ ἰδοῦσα διεταράχθη ἐπὶ τῷ λόγῳ αὐτοῦ· καὶ διελογίζετο ποταπός εἴη ὁ ἀσπασμὸς οὗτος.

fore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every And when she saw him, she was trou-tongue should confess that Jesus Christ bled at his saying, and cast in her mind is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, what manner of salutation this should be. Phil. ii. 9, 11.

VER. 30.

Kai elmer ó ägyeλos autỹ· Mù poßou, Μαριάμ' εὗρες γὰρ χάριν παρὰ τῷ Θεῷ. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

VER. 31.

Καὶ ἰδοὺ, συλλήψῃ ἐν γαστρὶ, καὶ τέξῃ υἱὸν, καὶ καλέσεις τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ ἸΗΣΟΥΝ.

b See on Matt. v. ver. 9. clause 2 c See on Matt. xiv. ver. 33. clause 2. and vii. ver. 21. clause 4.

d See on Matt. i. ver. 1. clause 2.

VER. 33.

Καὶ βασιλεύσει ἐπὶ τὸν οἶκον Ἰακὼβ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, καὶ τῆς βασιλείας αὐτοῦ οὐκ ἔσται τέλος.

a And he shall reign over the house of

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