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Conception of Christ. Chap. i. Prophecy of Elisabeth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a ceived a son in her old age ; man whose name was Joseph, & this is the sixth month with of the house of David ; and her who was called barren. the virgin's name was Mary. 37 For with God nothing

28 And the angel came in shall be impossible. unto her, and said, Hail, thou

38 And Mary said, Behold that art highly favoured, the the handmaid of the Lord; be Lord is with thee; blessed it unto me according to thy art thou among women.

word. And the angel depart29 And when she saw him ed from her. she was troubled at his saying, 39 And Mary arose in those and cast in her mind c what days, and went into the hill.

of salutation this country with haste, into a city should be.

of Juda; 30 And the angel said unto 40 And entered into the her, Fear not, Mary; for thou house of Zacharias, and saluthast found favour with God. ed Elisabeth. 31 And, behold, thou shalt

41 And it came to pass, conceive in thy womb, and that when Elisabeth heard bring forth a son, and shalt the salutation of Mary, the call his name JESUS.

babe leaped in her womb; 32 He shall be great, and and Elisabeth was filled with shall be called The Son of the the Holy Ghost : Highest : and the Lord God

42 And she spake out with shall give unto him the throne a loud voice, and said, Blessof his father David :

ed art thou among women, and 33 And he shall reign over blessed is the fruit of thy the house of Jacob for ever; womb. and of his kingdom there shall 43 And whence is this to be no end.

me, that the mother of my 34 Then said Mary unto the Lord should come to me Pd angel, How shall this be, see 44 For, lo, as soon as the ing I know not a man? voice of thy salutation sounded

35 And the angel answered, in mine ears the babe leaped and said unto her, The Holy in my womb for joy. Ghost shall come upon thee, 45 And blessed is she that and the power of the Highest believed ; for there shall be a shall overshadow thee; there. performance of those things fore also that holy thing, which which were told her from the shall be born of thee, shall be Lord. called The Son of God. 36 And, behold, thy cousin

d Verse 43. Whence is it that I Elisabeth, she hath also con should be so honoured, as to receive & Cast in ber mind, considered. a visit from the niother of my Lord.

The nativity
S. Luke.

of John. 46 | And Mary said, My 59 And it came to pass,

that soul doth magnify the Lord. on the eighth day they came

47 And my spirit hath re to circumcise the child; and joiced in God ny Saviour. they called him Zacharias,

48 For he hath regarded after the name of his father. the low estate of his handmai 60 And his mother answerden; for, behold, from hence- ed and said, Not so; but he forth all generations shall call shall be called John. me blessed.

61 And they said unto her, 49 For he that is mighty There is none of thy kindred hath done to me great things; that is called by this name. and holy is his name.

62 And they made signs to 50 And his mercy is on them his father how he would have that fear him from generation him called. to generation.

63 And he asked for a writ51 He hath shewed strength ing-table, and wrote, saying, with his arm; he hath scat- His name is John. And they tered the proud in the imagi- marvelled all. nation of their hearts.

64 And his mouth was op52 He hath put down the ened immediately, and his mighty from their seats, and tongue loosed, and he spake exalted them of low degree. and praised God.

53 He hath filled the hun 65 And fear came on all gry with good things; and the that dwelt round about them; rich he hath sent empty away. and all these sayings were

54 He hath holpene his ser noised abroad throughout all vant Israel, in remembrance of the hill-couutry of Judea.

66 And all they that had 55 As he spake to our fa- heard them laid them up in thers, to Abraham, and to his their hearts, saying, What seed for ever.

manner of child shall this be ? 56 And Mary abode with And the hand of the Lord was her about three months, and with him. returned to her own house. 67 | And his father Zach

57 | Now Elisabeth's full arias was filled with the Holy time came that she should be Ghost, and prophesied, saying, delivered ; and she brought 68 Blessed be the Lord God forth a son.

of Israel ; for he hath visited 58 And her neighbours and and redeemed his people, her cousins heard how the 69 And hath raised up an Lord had shewed great mercy horn of salvation f for us in upon her; and they rejoiced the house of his servant Dawith her.

vid; e Hath bolpen, hath supported and f An born of salvation, a Prince d.

for our deliverance,

his mercy;

our life.

Prophecy of Zacharias. Chap. ii. Nativity of Christ.

70 As he spake by the mouth man empire. 6 Christ's naof his holy prophets, which tivity: 21 his circumcision. have been since the world be 25 Šimon & Anna prophesy gan :

of Christ. 71 That we should be saved ÅND it came to pass in from our enemies, and from those days, that there went the hand of all that hate us; out a decree from Cesar Au.

72 To perform the mercy gustus,a that all the world b promised to our fathers, and to should he taxed. remember his holy covenant; 2 (And this taxing was first

73 The oath which he sware made when Cyrenius was gov. to our father Abraham, ernor of Syria.)

74 That he would grant un 3 And all went to be taxed, to us, that we, being delivered every one into his own city. out of the hand of our enemies, 4 And Joseph also went up might serve him without fear, from Galilee, out of the city

75 In holiness and righteous- of Nazareth, into Judea, unto ness before him all the days of the city of David, which is

called Beth-lehem,c (because 76 And thou, child, shalt be he was of the house and linecalled The prophet of the age of David,)d Highest ; for thou shalt go be. 5 To be taxed with Mary fore the face of the Lord to his espousede wife, being great prepare his ways;

with child. 77 To give knowledge of 6 And so it was, that, while salvation unto his people, by they were there, the days were the remission of their sins, accomplished that she should

78 Through the tender mer be delivered cy of our God; whereby the 7 And she brought forth her day-spring from on high g hath first-born son, and wrapped

him in swaddling-clothes, and 79 To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, to guide

a Cesar Augustus, the first Roman

emperor. our feet into the way of peace. 6 All the world, all the Roman em

80 And the child grew, and pire, which at this time included waxed strong in spirit, & was

Judea. in the deserts till the day of

c Bethlehem, a city about seven miles his shewing unto Israel.

south of Jerusalem, where our Sa

viour was born. David was also born CHAP. II.

and lived there; hence called the 1 Augustus taxeth all the Ro- city of David.

d of the bouse, &c. of the family of

David. The day-spring, &c. The light of divine truth

& Espoused. See Matt, i. 18.

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The circumcision S. Luke.

of Christ. laid him in a manger, f because 16 And they came with there was no room for them in haste, and found Mary and

Joseph, and the babe lying in 8 And there were in the a manger. same country shepherds abid 17 And, when they had seen ing in the field, keeping watch it, they made known abroad over their flock by night.

the saying which was told them 9 And, lo, the angel of the concerning this child. Lord

them, and the 18 And all they that heard glory of the Lord shone round it wondered at those things about them; and they were which were told them by the sore afraid.

shepherals. 10 And the angel said unto 19 But Mary kept all these them, Fear not ; for, behold I things, and pondered them in bring you good tidings of great her heart. joy, which shall be to all peo 20 And the shepherds reple.

turned, glorifying and praising 11 For unto you is born this God for all the things that day, in the city of David, a they had heard and seen, as it Saviour, which is Christ the was told unto them. Lord.

21 And when eight days 12 And this shall be a sign were accomplished for the cirunto you; Ye shall find the cumcising of the child, his babe wrapped in swaddling- name was called JESUS, clothes, lying in a manger.

so named of the 13 And suddenly there was angel before he was conceived with the angel a multitude of in the womb. the heavenly host praising 22 And when the days of God, and saying,

her purification, according to 14 Glory to God in the high- the law of Moses, were accomest, and on earth peace, good plished, they brought him to will towards men.

Jerusalem, to present him to 15 And it came to pass, as

the Lord ; the angels were gone away

23 (As it is written in the from them into heaven, the law of the Lord, every male shepherds said one to another, that openeth the womb shall be Let us now go even unto Beth- called holy to the Lord ;) lehem, and see this thing which 24 And to offer a sacrifice, is come to pass, which the Lord according to that which is said hath ade known unto us. in the law of the Lord, A pair f Manger, a long trough for ani.

of turtle-doves, or two young mals to feed out of.

pigeons. g The inn, the house allotted to 25 4 And, behold, there was strangers.

a man in Jerusalem, whose

which was


Simeon's prophecy

Chap. ii. concerning Christ. name was Simeon; and the which shall be spoken asame man was just and devout, gainst ; waiting for the consolation of 35 (Yea, a sword shall Israel ;h and the Holy Ghost pierce through thy own soul was upon him.

also ;)k that the thoughts of 26 And it was revealed unto many hearts may be revealed. him by the Holy Ghost, that

36 | And there was one he should not see death before Anna a prophetess, the daughhe had seen the Lord's Christ. ter of Phanuel, of the tribe of

27 And he came by the Aser; she was of a great age, spirit into the temple; and and had lived with an husband when the parents brought in seven years from her virginity: the child Jesus, to do for him 37 And she was a widow after the custom of the law,

of about fourscore and four 28 Then took he him up in years,l which departed not his arms, and blessed God, and from the temple, but served said,

God with fastings & prayers 29 Lord, now lettest thou night and day. thy servant depart in peace,

38 And she coming in that according to thy word : instant gave thanks likewise 30 For mine


have unto the Lord, and spake of thy salvation,

him to all them that looked 31 Which thou hast prepar- for redemption in ed before the face of all people; 39 And when they had per

32 A light to lighten the formed all things, according Gentiles, and the glory of thy, to the law of the Lord, they people Israel.

returned into Galilee, to their 33 And Joseph and his mo own city Nazareth. ther marvelled at those things

40 And the child grew, and which were spoken of him. waxed strong in spirit, filled

34 And Simeon blessed them with wisdom; and the grace and said unto Mary his mother, of God was upon him.n Behold, this child is set for the 41 | Now his parents went fall and rising again of many to Jerusalem every year at the in Israel ;j and for a sign feast of the passover. ho Consolation of Israel, the Messiah.

k rea, a sword, &c. Yea with such i Thy salvation, Jesus Christ the cruelty and malice shall he be treated,

that thine own soul will, as it were, j For the fall, &c. for the rain of be pierced with a dart or javelin. many through unbelief and disobe

| Four score and four. Eighty four. dience and for the rising again. For

m Redemption, &c. Waiting for the the restoration and salvation of ma

promised redemption or deliverance believe and obey the Gospel. my: who shall embrace Jesus Christ, of Israel by the Messiah.

n Grace of God, particular favour of God.


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