Having found it requisite to publish a new and uniform Edition of SACRED BIOGRAPHY in four volumes, together with an additional volume of Lectures, frequently called for, on the history of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus CHRIST, I felt myself in justice obliged to print that volume separately, for the accommodation of those who may have purchased prior editions of the book in six volumes. Being of nearly the same size with these, it admits of being bound up in the same form, and may be marked Vol. VII. But though of the same size, the Reader will please to observe that this volume contains fully a third more matter than any of the preceding, the sixth excepted.

For the liberal patronage given to the work by the public I feel myself highly indebted, and beg leave hereby to express my cordial acknowledgements. To the people of my immediate charge I owe a tribute of peculiar thanks, for the encouragement and support given to my various labours during an union of more than thirty years. Many of them, I know, will be gratified in reading what they heard with so much patience, attention and candour, during the months of November, December and January last. If this volume shall survive me, I bequeath it to them as a small token of an affection and gratitude which no length of time or change of circumstances can diminish.

From the very nature of the thing, this could not possibly pretend to be considered as a whole. But is not every incident of our Saviour's life, a whole of itself, while it is in an intimate connection with others, and a part of the stupendous WHOLE, which far transcends the comprehension of men and of angels? Though, therefore, the entire volume be but a fragment, each particular discourse aims at presenting one distinct and individual object, gradually melting away into another, and it may, of course, be read either separately, or as a link in a chain. The additional volume, and its predecessors, I again recommend to the blessing of God Almighty, and with equal deference, as in the beginning, cheerfully submit my work to the judgement of the candid, the serious and the benevolent.

HENRY HUNTER. Hoxton, 12th March, 1802.




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JOHN I. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.-In the beginning was the word, and the word was

with God, and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness : and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light. That was the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God; even to them that believe on his name : which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father,) full of grace and truth.


ISALAH LIII. 8.—Who shall declare his generation ? .



Hacca II. 6, 7, 8, 9.-For thus saith the Lord of hosts. Yet once, it is a little while, and I will

shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: And I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts : And in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.




LUKE 1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.-And there appeared unto him an Angel of the Lord

standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him he was troubled and fear fell upon him. But the Angel said unto him, Fear not Zacharias : For thy prayer is heard ; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear ihee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth 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. And many of the children of Israel shall be turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go betore him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the Fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. And Zacharias said unto the Angel, whereby shall I know this ? For I'am an old man and my wife well stricken in years. And the Angel answering said unto him, I am

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Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these

things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their * season.


HISTORY OF Jesus Christ.


Luke 1. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33,- And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God

unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth. To a virgin espoused to a man, whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and

nail thou that art highly favoured. the Lord is with thee : Blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, fear not, Mary: For thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Sou of the Highest : And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.



LUKE II. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.-And it came to pass in those days, that there

went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Betblehem, (because he was of the house and lineage of D to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth ber first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling-clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inu. And there were in the same country shepherds' abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 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. And the angel said unto them, Fear not. For behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is ('hrist the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


HISTORY OF Jesus Christ.


LUKE II. 40.--And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace

of God was upon him.

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LUKE II. 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52.–Now his parents went to Jerusalem every

year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusaleiti seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the Temple, sitting in the midst of the Doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him they were amazed : and his mother said unto him, son, why bast thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I bave sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, how is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business ? and they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart, And Jesus increased in wisdom apd stature, and in favour with God and man.

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