ST. JOHN, 1.

64. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake and praised God.

65. And fear came on all that dwelt round about them : and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judea.

66. And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be? And the hand of the Lord was with him.

67. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,

68. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel ; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

69. And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant, David ;

70. As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began :

71. That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us ;

72. To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant ;

73, The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

74. That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of ur enemies might serve him without fear,

75. In holiness and righteous. ness before him all the days of our life.

76. 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;

77. To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,

78. Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

79. To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the



peace. 80. And the child grew, waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.


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1. Now when Jesus was born L. II. 4, 6, 7, in Bethlehem of Judea

# 1st. Herod in the days of Herod the king, *

1. And it came to pass in those days, that there went out decree

from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem ; (because he was of the house and lineage of David :)

5. To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8. And there were in the same country shepherds abid. ing in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them : and they were sore afraid.

10. And the angel said unto 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 David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shep.

behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2. Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews ? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem, of Judea : for thus it is written by the prophet,

6. And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda : for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

7. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.



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8. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child ; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

9. When they had heard the king, they departed ; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, L. II. 12. till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11. I And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his L. II, 16. mother, and fell down, and worshipped him : and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts ; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

12. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they de. parted into their own country another way.

13. And when they were departed, behold the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring theo word : for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14. When he arose, be took the young child and his mother

L. 11. 22, by night, and departed into Egypt :

herds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in à manger.

17. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

M. II. 14.

21. And when eight days were accomplished for the cir. cumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was 80 named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

22. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord ;

23. (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord ;)

24. And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

25. And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon ; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel : and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

26. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

27. And he came by the

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Spirit into the temple ; and
when the parents brought in
the child Jesus, to do for him
after the custom of the law,

28. Then took he him up in
his arms, and blessed God, and

29. Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word :

30. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31. Which thou hast pre. pared before the face of all peoplo ;

32. A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

33. And Joseph and his mo. ther marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

34. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel ; and for a sign which shall be spoken against ;

35. (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

36. And there was one Anda, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser : she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

37. And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

38. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for

redemption in Jerusalem. 15. And was there until the

39. And when they bad perdeath of Herod :* that it might * A.D. 3. Encycl London : 1829.

formed all things according to be fulfilled which was spoken (Or rather A.D. 1. Simitl's Classical the law of the Lord, they reof the Lord by the prophet, Dict: Ilerod.)

turned into Galilee, to their saying, Out of Egypt have I

own city Nazareth. called my son.

40. And the child


and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom : and the grace

of God was upon him. 16. | Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew

all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts

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thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently en. quired of the wise men.

17. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

18. In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her chil. dren, and would not be com. forted, because they are not.

19. But when Herod was dead, * behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20. Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel : for they are dead which sought the

young child's life. 21. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

A.D. 1.

22. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither : notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee :

41. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

42. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jeru. salem after the custom of the feast.

43. And when they had ful. filled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem ; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

44. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey ; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

45. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hear. ing them, and asking them questions.

47. And all that heard him were astonished at his under. standing and answers.

48. And when they saw him, they were amazed and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us ? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

49. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me ? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business ?

50. And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them,

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