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The prophecy of Elisabeth. Chap. i. The circumcision of John. try with haste; into a city of Ju- 54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his


40 And entered into the house mercy; of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for

41 And it came to pass, that, ever. when Elisabeth heard the saluta- 56 And Mary abode with her on of Mary, the babe leaped in about three months, and returnher womb; and Elisabeth was ed to her own house.

filled with the Holy Ghost:

57 ¶ Now Elisabeth's full time 42 And she spake out with a came, that she should be deliverloud voice, and said, Blessed art ed; and she brought forth a son. thou among women, and blessed 58 And her neighbours and her is the fruit of thy womb. cousins heard how the Lord had 43 And whence is this to me, shewed great mercy upon her; that the mother of my Lord and they rejoiced with her. should come to me? 59 And it came to pass, that, on 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice the eighth day, they came to cir of thy salutation sounded in mine cumcise the child; and they callears, the babe leaped in my wombed him Zacharias, after the name for joy. of his father.

45 And blessed is she that be- 60 And his mother answered,. lieved: for there shall be a per-and said, Not so; but he shall be formance of those things which called John. were told her from the Lord.

61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

62 And they made signs to his. father, how he would have him

46 ¶ And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the called. low estate of his handmaiden: 63 And he asked for a writingfor, behold, from henceforth all table, and wrote, saying, His generations shall call me blessed. name is John. And they mar

49 For he that is mighty hath velled all.

done to me great things; and holy 64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loos

is his name. 50 And his mercy is on themed, and he spake, and praised that fear him from generation to God.


65 And fear came on all that 51 He hath shewed strength dwelt round about them: and all. with his arm; he hath scattered these sayings were noised abroad, the proud in the imagination of throughout all the hill-country of their hearts. Judea.

52 He hath put down the migh- 66 And all they that had heard ty from their seats, and exalted them, laid them up in their hearts,. them of low degree. saykig, What manner of child

53 He hath filled the hungry shall this be! And the hand of with good things; and the rich the Lord was with him. he hath sent empty away.

67 And his father Zacharias


Zacharias's prophecy.

S. Luke. Christ is born. was filled with the Holy Ghost, decree from Cesar Augustus, that and prophesied, saying, all the world should be taxed.

68 Blessed be the Lord God of 2 (And this taxing was first Israel; for he hath visited and re-made when Cyrenius was govern-` deemed his people, or of Syria.)

69 And hath raised up an horn 3 And all went to be taxed, of salvation for us, in the house every one into his own city. of his servant David; 4 And Joseph also went up 70 As he spake by the mouth from Galilee, out of the city of of his holy prophets, which have Nazareth, into Judea, unto the been since the world began : city of David, which is called

71 That we should be saved Beth-lehem, (because he was of from our enemies, and from the the house and lineage of David,) hand of all that hate us; 5 To be taxed with Mary his 72 To perform the mercy pro- espoused wife, being great with mised to our fathers, and to re-child. member his holy covenant;

6 And so it was, that, while 73 The oath which he sware to they were there, the days were our father Abraham, accomplished that she should be

74 That he would grant unto delivered. us, that we, being delivered out 7 And she brought forth her of the hand of our enemies, might first-born son, and wrapped him serve him without fear, in swaddling-clothes, and laid him 75 In holiness and righteous-in a manger; because there was ncss before him, all the days of no room for them in the inn. our life. 8 ¶ And there were in the same 76 And thou, child, shalt be country shepherds abiding in the called The Prophet of the Highest: field, keeping watch over their for thou shalt go before the face flock by night.

of the Lord, to prepare his ways; 9 And, lo, the angel of the 77 To give knowledge of salva- Lord came upon them, and the tion unto his people, by the re-glory of the Lord shone round mission of their sins, about them: and they were sore


78 Through the tender mercy afraid. of our God; whereby the day- 10 And the angel said unto spring from on high hath visited them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great 79 To give light to them that sit joy, which shall be to all people. in darkness and in the shadow of 11 For unto you is born this death, to guide our feet into the day, in the city of David, a Saway of peace. viour, which is Christ the Lord.

80 And the child grew, and 12 And this shall be a sign unto waxed strong in spirit, and was you; Ye shall find the babe wrapin the deserts till the day of his ped in swaddling-clothes, lying shewing unto Israel. in a manger.


13 And suddenly there was The Roman empire taxed. with the angel a multitude of the ND it came to pass in those heavenly host praising God, and days, that there went out alsaying,


Simeon and Anna's

Chap. ii. prophecy of Christ. 14 Glory to God in the highest, 25 T And, behold, there was a and on earth peace, good-will to-man in Jerusalem, whose name wards men. was Simeon; and the same man 15 ¶ And it came to pass as the was just and devout, waiting for angels were gone away from them the Consolation of Israel: and the into heaven, the shepherds said Holy Ghost was upon him. one to another, Let us now go 26 And it was revealed unto even unto Beth-lehem, and see him by the Holy Ghost, that he this thing which is come to pass, should not see death, before he which the Lord hath made known had seen the Lord's Christ.

unto us.

27 And he came by the Spirit 16 And they came with haste, into the temple: and when the and found Mary, and Joseph, and parents brought in the child Jethe babe lying in a manger. sus, to do for him after the cus

17 And, when they had seen tom of the law,

it, they made known abroad the 28 Then took he him up in his saying which was told them con-farms, and blessed God, and said, cerning this child. 29 Lord, now lettest thou thy 18 And all they that heard it, servant depart in peace, according wondered at those things which to thy word: were told them by the shepherds. 30 For mine eyes have seen thy 19 But Mary kept all these salvation, things, and pondered them in her heart.

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

20 And the shepherds return- 32 A light to lighten the Gened, glorifying and praising God tiles, and the glory of thy people for all the things that they had Israel. heard and seen, as it was told un- 33 And Joseph and his mother to them. marvelled at those things which 21 And when eight days were were spoken of him. accomplished for the circumcis- 34 And Simeon blessed them, ing of the child, his name was and said unto Mary his mother, called JESUS, which was so Behold, this child is set for the named of the angel before he was fall and rising again of many in conceived in the womb. Israel; and for a sign which shall 22 T And when the days of her be spoken against; purification, according to the law 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce of Moses, were accomplished, through thy own soul also ;) that they brought him to Jerusalem, the thoughts of many hearts may to present him to the Lord; be revealed.

23 (As it is written in the law 36 TAnd there was one Anna, a of the Lord, Every male that prophetess, the daughter of Phaopeneth the womb shall be calledfnuel, of the tribe of Aser; she holy to the Lord,). was of a great age, and had lived 24 And to offer a sacrifice, ac- with her husband seven years cording to that which is said in from her virginity; the law of the Lord, A pair of 37 And she was a widow of turtle-cloves, or two young pige-about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the tem


Christ disputes with the doctors. S. Luke. John Baptists preaching. ple, but served God with fastings) 49 And he said unto them, and prayers night and day. How is it that ye sought me? 38 And she, coming in that in-wist ye not that I must be about stant gave thanks likewise unto my Father's business? the Lord, and spake of him to all 50 And they understood not them that looked for redemption the saying which he spake unto in Jerusalem. them.

39 And when they had per- 51 T And he went down with formed all things, according to the them, and came to Nazareth, and law of the Lord, they returned was subject unto them: but his into Galilee, to their own city mother kept all these sayings in Nazareth. her heart.

40 And the child grew, and 52 And Jesus increased in wiswaxed strong in spirit, filled with dom and stature, and in favour wisdom; and the grace of God with God and man. was upon him.


41 Now his parents went to John's preaching and baptism. Jerusalem every year at the feast Now in the Tiberty Cesar, fifteenth NOW the reign of


of the passover.

42 And when he was twelve Pontius Pilate being governor of years old, they went up to Jeru- Judea, and Herod being tetrarch salem, after the custom of the feast. of Galilee, and his brother Philip 43 And when they had fulfilled tetrarch of Iturea and of the regithe days, as they returned, the on of Trachonitis, and Lysanias child Jesus tarried behind in Je-the tetrarch of Abilene, rusalem; and Joseph and his mo- 2 Annas and Caiaphas being ther knew not of it. the high priests, the word of God 44 But they, supposing him to came unto John the son of Zachahave been in the company, went rias in the wilderness. a day's journey; and they sought 3 And he came into all the him among their kinsfolk and country about Jordan, preaching acquaintance. the baptism of repentance for the



45 And when they found him remission of sins; not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the pro46 And it came to pass, that phet, saying, The voice of one after three days they found him crying in the wilderness, Prepare in the temple, sitting in the midst ye the way of the Lord, make his of the doctors, both hearing them, paths straight.

and answers.

and asking them questions. 5 Every valley shall be filled,
47 And all that heard him were and every mountain and hill shall
astonished at his understanding be brought low; and the crook-
ed shall be made straight, and the
48 And when they saw him, rough ways shall be made smooth;
they were amazed: and his mo- 6 And all flesh shall see the
ther said unto him, Son, why salvation of God.
hast thou thus dealt with us? be- 7 Then said he to the multi-
hold, thy father and I have sought tude that came forth to be bap-
thee sorrowing.
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John's testimony of Christ. Chap. iii. The genealogy of Christ. pers! who hath warned you to will burn with fire unquenchable. fee from the wrath to come? 18 And many other things, in 8 Bring forth, therefore, fruits his exhortation, preached he unto worthy of repentance, and begin the people.

not to say within yourselves, We 19 But Herod the tetrarch, behave Abraham to our father: for ing reproved by him, for HerodiI say unto you, That God is able as his brother Philip's wife, and of these stones to raise up chil-for all the evils which Herod had dren unto Abraham. done,


9 And now also, the axe is laid 20 Added yet this above all, unto the root of the trees: every that he shut up John in prison. tree, therefore, which bringeth 21 Now, when all the people not forth good fruit is hewn down, were baptized, it came to pass, and cast into the fire. that Jesus also being baptized, 10 And the people asked him, and praying, the heaven was saying, What shall we do then 11 He answereth, and saith un- 22 And the Holy Ghost deto them, He that hath two coats, scended in a bodily shape, like a let him impart to him that hath dove upon him; and a voice came none; and he that hath meat, let from heaven, which said, Thou him do likewise. art my beloved Son; in thee I 12 Then came also, publicans am well pleased. to be baptized, and said unto him, 23¶And Jesus himself began to Master, what shall we do? be about thirty years of age, be

13 And he said unto them, Ex-ing, (as was supposed) the son of act no more than that which is Joseph, which was the son of Heli, appointed you. 24 Which was the son of Mat14 And the soldiers likewise, that, which was the son of Levi, demanded of him, saying, And which was the son of Melchi, what shall we do? And he said which was the son of Janna, which unto them, Do violence to no was the son of Joseph, man, neither accuse any falsely; 25 Which was the son of Matand be content with your wages. tathias, which was the son of A

15 ¶ And as the people were in mos, which was the son of Naum, expectation, and all men mused which was the son of Esli, which in their hearts of John, whether was the son of Nagge, he were the Christ, or not;

26 Which was the son of Maath, 16 John answered, saying unto which was the son of Mattathias, them all, I indeed baptize you which was the son of Semei, which with water; but one mightier was the son of Joseph, which was than I cometh, the latchet of the son of Juda,

whose shoes I am not worthy to 27 Which was the son of Joanunloose he shall baptize youna, which was the son of Rhesa, with the Holy Ghost and with which was the son of Zorobabel, fire: which was the son of Salathiel, 17 Whose fan is in his hand, which was the son of Neri, and he will thoroughly purge his 28 Which was the son of Melfloor, and will gather the wheat chi, which was the son of Addi, into his garner; but the chaff he which was the son of Cosam,



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