Galilee. child and his mother, and came into the Anno
Mat. iin

22. land of Israel. But when he heard that Ædt. 12..

Archelaus did reign in Judea in the rooin
of his father Herod, he was afraid to go
thither: notwithstanding, being warned

of God in a dream, he turned aside in

23. to the parts of Galilde: And he came and Luk. ii. 39. " dwelt in a city called Nazareth, [ha-Luk.ii.39.

ving] performed all things according to Mat. ii.


the Law of the Lord, * that it might be
fulfilled which was spoken by the pro-
phets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

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Luk. ii. 40.


SE € T. XIV.
Christ's stay at Jerusalem.
A .

ND the Child grew, and waxed

strong in Spirit, filled with wifdom; and the grace of God was upon him.

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 Jerusalem after the custom
43.of the tealt. And when they had ful-

filled the days, as they returned, the
Child Jesus tarried behind in Jerufalem;

and Joseph and his mother knew not of
44.it. But they supposing him to have been

in the company, went a days journey,

and they fought him among their kins45. folk and acquaintance. And when they

found himn not, they turned back again 46. to Jerusalem seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found



Anno him in the Temple, sitting in the midst Jerusalem,
Æçat. 29. of the Doctors, both hearing them, and Luk. ii.

asking them questions. And all thạt 47.
heard him were astonished at his under-
standing and answers. And when they 48.
saw him they were amazed: and his mo-
ther faid unto him, Son, why haft thou
thus dealt with us? behold'thy father
and I have fought thee sorrowing. And
he said unto them, How is it that ye
fought me? wilt ye not that I must be an
bout my Father's business : And they un- so.
derstood not the saying which he spake
unto them. And he went down with si.

them, and came to Nazareth, and was Nazareth,
subje&t unto them. But his mother kept
all these fayings in her heart. And Jesus 52.
increased in wisdom and future, and
in favour with God and man,


S E C T. XV.
The preaching of John the Baptist,
He beginning of the (a) Gospel of Mar. i.

Jesus the Son of God. + Now Luk. iii,
in the fifteenth year of the reign of
(b) Tiberius Cefar, (c) Pontius Pilate be-
ing governour of Judea, and (d) Herod

(a) Gospel is an old English word for good tidings.

(b) Tiberius Cesar was Emperous of Rome and successor to Augulius,

(c) Pontius Pilate being Governour of Jucea under Tiberius.

(d) Herod. The son of that Herod the King whą is mention'd in §. 13.

C3 being

Ætat. 29.


Wilderness of being (e) Tetrarch of (f) Galilee and Anno

his brother Philip Tetrarch of (g) Iturea, Luk. iii.

and of the region of Trachonitis, and

Lysanias the Tetrarch of (h) Abilene, 2. Annas and Caiphas being the high priests,

the word of God came unto John the

son of Zacharias in the (i) wilderness, Mar. i.

*[and he]did baptize' in the wilderness

, Mariii.ro Luk. iii. *and he came into all the country about Mar. i. 1.

Jordan, preaching the baptism of reMat. iii. 2. pentance for the remission of fins, * and

saying, Repent ye, for the kingdom of 3.

heaven is at hand. For this is he Mar. iii. 3.

that was spoken of by the Prophets, Luk. iii. 4. Mar. i. 2. [Malachi iii. 1.] * Saying behold I send

my messenger before thy face which all prepare thy way before thee [and by E. 3. Jaias xl. 3.] The voice of one crying in

the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the
5. Lord, make his paths straight. * Every

valley shall be filled, and every mountain
and 'hill fall be brought low; and the
crooked shall be made fraight, and the
rough ways Mall be made smooth; and

all Aesh shall see the salvation of Gol. Mat. iii.

* c And the same John had his raiment «Mar.i.6.5.

(e) Tetrarch here is equivalent to King:

(f) Galilee the northern part of the Land of Canaan.

(g) Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, part of the Land of Canaan lying north-east of Galilee and the sea of Tiberias.

(h) Abilene, a little country lying on the skirts of Canaan north-eastward.

(1) Wilderness fignifies the couptry where the houses stand scattered and at a distance one from anoches. See ii. Cor. xi, 26.



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of Camels hair and a leathern girdle about Wilderness of Ætat. 29, his loins, and his meat was locusts and


Mac. iii.
wild honey. Then went out to him Je-
rusalem, and all Judea, and all the region
round about Jordan, and were baptized 6.

of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. Jordan.
"Luk. iii.7. " But when he saw many of the (k) Pha-7.

risees and (1) Sadducees come to his Bap-
tisin, he said unto them, O generation of
vipers, who hath warned

you to flee from
the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore 8. Mat..ii.
fruits meet for repentance. And think

, not to say within your selves, we have Abraham to our Father; for I say unto you, that God is able of ihese stones to raise up children unto Abraham, And so. now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees : therefore every tree which bringeth not forih good fruit, is hewn down and cast into the fire, And the people asked him, saying, 19. Luk. iij.

. what Mall we do then?

He answereth and faith unto them, He 11. that bath two coats, let him impart to bim that hath none, and be that haih meat, let him do likewise.

Then camealso(m) Publicans to be bap. 12, tized, and said unto him, Master, what Shall we do?


(k) Pharisees, a fest amongst the Jews that pretended to more than ordinary holiness and an exact observance of the Law,

(1) Sadducees, a fect amongst the Jews that ber lieved not the Resurrection nor chat there was Age gels or Spirits.

(m) Publicans were gatherers of the Tolls and Cur ftoms, and in general difrepute for extortion.


Ç 4

Ærat. 30.


Jordan. And he said unto them exa&t no more Anno
Mat. ili 13. than that which is appointed you.

Minist. 1.
And the Soldiers likewise demanded
of him, saying, and what shall we do?
And he said unco them, Da violence to no
man, neither accuse any falsy, and be con-
tent with your (n) wages.

S E c . XVI.
Christ's Baptism.


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Mar. i. g.

that Jesus came from Nazareth of Mar, iii. 13. Galilee * . to Jordan unto John to be bap- . Mar. i. 9.


tized of him. But John forbad him

saying, I have need to be baptized of
15. thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus

answering, said unto him, suffer it io be
so now; for thus it becometh us to ful-
fil all righteousness. Then he suffered

And Jesus when he was baptized Mar.i. 10. went up straight way out of the water : 11,

and lo the heavens were open'd unto Luke iil.22, him, and he saw the Spirit of God defMat. iii. cending * in a bodily shape * like a Dove

17, and lighting upon him." And lo a voice

from heaven, saying, This is my beloved
Son, in whom I am well pleased.

* And Jesus himself begun to be a.
bout thirty years of age.


Luk. ïïi. 21,


Luke iii, 23.

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