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JOHN THE BAPTIST FORETOLD.

child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both

were now well stricken in years. 8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's 9 office before God in the order of his course, according to

the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense 10 when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole

multitude of the people were praying without at the time 11 of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the

Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear 13 fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not,

Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife. Elisabeth

shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall 15 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 16 mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel shall 17 he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall before

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. 18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I

know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken 19 in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am

Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent

to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20 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 21 their season. And the people waited for Zacharias, and 22 marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. And

when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and

go

well stricken. Ge. xvii. 17. 2 Ki. iv, 14.

son. Ge. xviii. 10, 14. 2 Ki, iv. 14-17. priest's ofice. Ex. xxviii. Le, viii. He. v. 1, 7. call. Ge. xvii. 19. Is. viii. 3. Ho. i. 4, 6, 9, 10. order. 2 Ch. viii. 14; xxxi. 2. (Re. i. 6; xx.6. Mt. i. 21. Lu. i. 60–63. lot. Le. xvi. 8-10. Nu. xxxiii. 54. Jo. xiii. 6. John-grace of Jehovah.' Jno. i. 6,7, 29; v. 33.

(Eze.xlvii. 22; xlviii. 29.) Pr. xvi. 33 ; xviii. 18. great. Mk. i. 1-8. Lil. vii. 28. incense. Ex. xxx. 22-38. Nu. xvi. 1-34, 40. nr. wine. Nu. vi. 2-4. Ju. xiii.4–6. Mt. iii. 4; temple.. 1 Ki. vi ; viii. Je. lii. 12–23. Ís. xliv. filled with H. G. Je. i. 5. Ga. i. 15, 16. [xi. 18.

28. Ezr. i; iii. 8--13. Eze, xli-xliii. Mt. xxi. go before. Mal. iii. 1; iv. 5, 6. Jno. i. 19-34. 12, 13; xxiv. 1, 2. Ac. iii. 1-3. This temple power of E. 1 Ki. xvii. l; xviii. 17-40, 6. 2Ki.

was destr. by the Romans under Titus, A.D. 70. i; ii. 8. Lu. ix. 54. Jno. i. 21, 25. Ja. v. 17. praying. Le. xvi. 17. Nu. vi. 22–26. Re. viii. 3. to turn. Mt. iii. 5, 10. Lu. iii. 7-14. Jno. i. 29. angel. Ge. xvi. 7-11; xxii. 11, 8. Ju. xiii. 3—23. Just. De. xxxii. 4. Job iv. 17. Ac. iii. 14; vii. 52. altar of incense. Ex. xxx. 1–10. [Ps. xxxiv. 7. ready. 2 Ch. xxix. 36. 2 Ti. ii. 21. 1 Jno. fi.28. troubled. Da. ii. 3; iv.4-18; v. 6.

Whereby. Ge.xv. 1-5,8; xvii. 17. Ju. vi. 36-40. Fear not. Ge. xv. l. Mt. i. 20. Lu. 1. 30; ii. 10. Gabriel. Da. viii. 16; ix. 21-3. Lu. i. 26. [13. prayer. Ge. xxv. 21. 1 Sa. i. 9, 10, 26. J&. v. 15. because. Nu. xx. 12. 2 Ki. vii. 1, 2, 19, 20. 2Ti. ii, No. 3.

of Judæa.

No. 4. Luke i. 26–38.

Nazareth.

THE BIRTH OF JESUS FORETOLD.

3 they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple : for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. And it 23 came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

And after those days his wife Elisabeth con- 24 Luke. i. 24, 25, ceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus 25

hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. SECTION 2.-(4) The Annunciation—(5) Mary visits Elisabeth—(6) Mary returns home, and is taken into the house of Joseph as his espoused wife.

Matt. i. 18–25; LUKE i. 26—56.
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was 26

sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was 27 Joseph, of the house of David ; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, 28 thou thut art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

And when she saw him, she was 29 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 30 hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt con- 31 ceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

He shall be great, and shall be called 32 the Son of the Highest : and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David : and He shall reign 33 over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, 34 How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the 35 angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, 36 behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age : and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be 37

vision. Ge.xv.l; xlvi. 2. Nu. xii. 6; xxiv. 4. Da. father D. 2 Sa. vii. 11–29. Ps. cxxxii. 11. Is. ix,

ii. 19. Ac. ix. 10; x.3; xvi. 9; xviii. 9; xxvii. 23. 6,7; xvi. 5. Mt. xxi. 9. Mk. xi. 10. See p. 8. Thus hath. Ge. xxx. 2:2, 3. Sa i. 19, 20.

reign. Eze. xxxvii. 25. Ob.21. Mi.iv.7. i Co. Nazareth. Mt. xxi. 11. Lu. ii. 51. See p. 12. xv. 20. 2 Ti. ii. 12. Re. v. 10; xi. 15; XX. 4, 6. Mary-exalted.'. Ge. iii. 15. Mt. i. 18, 20; ii. 11. no end. 18. ix. 7. Da. vii. 13, 4, 27. He. i. 8. Mk. vi. 3. Lu. ii. 5, 16, 9.

Son of God. Ps. ii. 7. Da. iii. 25. Mt. iii. 17 ; iv. the Lord. Ju. vi. 12. Is. xliii. 5. Ac. xviii. 10. 3,6; viii. 29 ; xiv. 33 ; xxvii. 43, 54. Mk. i. 1. conceive. Is. vii. 14. Mt. i. 23. Ga. iv. 4.

Lu. iv. 41 ; xxii. 70. Jno. i. 34 ; iii. 16, 7; v. 25; Jesus-saviour.' Mt. i. 21, 25. (Lu. ii. 21.) Lu. ix. 35-7; X. 36 ; xi. 4 ; xvii. 1; xix. 7; xx. 31. vii. 47-50. See he shall save,' p. 5.

Ac. iii. 13, 26; viii. 37; ix. 20.Ro. i. 4; v. 10. the Highest. Mt. iii. 17; xxi. 9. Mk. v.7.

Ga. iv. 4. He. iv, 14. í Jno. i. 7 ; iii. 8; iv. 10, throne of. 2 Sa. vii. 12-16. Je. xxiii. 5, 6; XX. 9. 15; v. 5, 20. Re, ii. 18.

No. 5.

4 THE SALUTATION OF MARY AND ELISABETH. 38 impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the

Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the

angel departed from her. 39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into

the hill-country with haste, into a city of Juda; Luke i. 39-55. 40 and entered into the house of Zacharias, and of Judæa.

saluted Elisabeth. 41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the

salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and 42 Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: and she spake

out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among 43 women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence

is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to 44 me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded 45 in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And

blessed is she that believed : for there shall be a perform

ance of those things which were told her from the Lord. 46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my 47 spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath 48 regarded the low estate of his handmaiden : for, behold, 49 from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For

He that is Mighty hath done to me great things; and holy 50 is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from 51 generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with

his arm ; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination 52 of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their 53 seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the

hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty 54 away. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance 55 of his mercy; (as he spake to our fathers,) to Abraham, and

to his seed for ever. 56 * And Mary abode with her about three

months, and returned to her own house. 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this

wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph,

before they came together, she was found with child of the 19 Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man,

No. 6.
Mat. i. 18-25.

Luke i. 56.
Nazareth.

1 Lu. i. 56.

2 Mat. i. 18-25.

impos. Ge. xviii. 14. Je, xxxii, 17, 27. Lu. xviii. hill.country-Hebron. Jo. xi. 21; xxi, 11, 3. (27. Blessed. Ps. ii. 12. Lu. xL 27. Jno. xi. 40; X. 29. performanc'. Ge. Vi 3. Nu. xxiii. 19. Ph. i. 6. My soul. 1 Sa. ii. 1--10. Ps. xxxiv. 2, 3. Is. xlv. 25. all gener. Ge. xii. 1-3. Mal. iii. 12. Ga, iii, 13. holy. Ex, xv. ll. Le. xix. 2. Ps. cxlv. 17. is. vi.

3. Lu. iv. 34 I Co. vi. 19. Re. iv, 8. strength. Ex. xv. l--19. 11. xl. 10. Re. xviii. 8. scattered. Ex. xv. 9-11. 1 Sa. ii. 3, 4, 9, 10. 1 ki. xviii. 17-40. Job xl. 9. Ps. ii. 1-6.

Exe. xxxviii. 14-23 ; xxxix. 1 Pe. v. 5. Re.xx. Abraham. Ge. xii. 7; xvii. 1-8. Ps. xcviii, just. Ps. cxii. 4, 5. Pr. xx. 7. Ac. x. 22.

JOHN THE BAPTIST BORN.

us.

5 and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on 20 these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring 21 forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was 22 done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be 23 with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel 24 of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife : and knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born 25 Son. SECTION 3.-(7) The Birth and Circumcision of John the Baptist-—(8) The residue of

John's private history. LUKE 1.57—80.

Now Elisabeth's full time came that she 57 Luke i. 57–79. should be delivered; and she brought forth a Hill-country of Judæa.

And her neighbours and her cousins 58 heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her ; and they rejoiced with her.

And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came 59 to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered 60 and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. And they 61 said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. And they made signs to his father, how 'he 62 would have him called. And he asked for a writing-table, 63 and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his 64 tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. And fear 65 came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill-country of Judæa. And all they that heard them laid them up in 66 their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

No 7.

son.

public er. Ge. xxxviii. 24. De. xxii. 21, 24. while he th. Ps. xxv.8, 9. Pr.lii. 5, 6. Is. xvi. 3. angel of. Ju. vi. 11, 24. He, i. 14. See p. 2. dream. Ge. xxviii. 12. Nu.xii. 6. Job iv. 13-19;

xxxiii. 15--17. Joel ii, 28. fear not. Ge. xlvi. 3. Ex. zis. 13. See p. 2, and the Lord is with thee,' p. 3.

El. 31. bring f. Ge. xvii. 19, 21. 2 ki, iv. 16, 17. Lu.

save. Ge. lii. 15. Ps. cxxx. 7, 8. Is. xlv. 21, 2.

Da. ir. 24. Ac. iv. 12; v.31. Ep. 1.7. He. vii.

25; He. Ix. 28. 1 Jno. ii. 1, 2. Re. v. 9, 10. Emmanuel. Is. vii. 14. Jno. i. 14. Ro. ix. 5. did as. Ge. vi. 22; Xxii. 2, 3. Jno. xv. 14. [23. eighth day. Ge. xvii. 12. Le.xii. 3. Jno. vii, 22, mouth. Lu.i. 20. Ps. li. 15. Exe. xix. 21. hand of. Ge. xxix. 2. Lu. i. 80. Ac. L. 21.

THE MESSIAH BORN.

6 67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, 68 and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel ; 69 for he hath visited and redeemed his people, and hath

raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his 70 servant David; as he spake by the mouth of his holy pro71 phets, which have been since the world began: that we

should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of 72 all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our 73 fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath 74 which he sware to our father Abraham, that he would

grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of 75 our enemies might serve him without fear, in holiness and 76 righteousness before him, all the days of our life. And

thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest : for

thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his 77

ways ; to give knowledge of salvation unto his people by 78 the remission of their sins, through the tender

mercy

of our God; whereby the day-spring from on high hath 79 visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in

the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way 80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in

spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his was. Of Judaa, shewing unto Israel.

E. of Jordan.

of peace.

No. 8. Luke ). 90.

Section 4.—(9) The Messiah is born in Bethlehem-(10) His birth is announced by

an angel to the shepherds--(11) The shepherds go to Bethlehem—(12) He is circumcised and named-(13) His genealogy according to St. Matthew, shewing his descent through Joseph: the same genealogy according to St. Luke, shewing his descent through Mary-(14) He is presented in the temple ; Simeon and Anna bear witness to him. Matt. i. 1-17, 25; Luke ii. 1-38; iii. 23–38. | And it came to pass in those days, that there

No. 9. went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all Luke ii, 1–7.

Bethlehem. 2 the world should be taxed. (And this taxing 3 was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And 4 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 Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called

Blessed be. 1 Ki. i. 48. Ps. xli. 13. Ep. 1. 3. holiness. Je. xxxi. 31. Ep. i. 4 ; iv. 24. 2 Ti. i. 9. visited. Ex. iii. 16. Job vii. 17. Ps. viii. 4. go bef. Is. xl. 3. Mal. iii. 1. Lu. iii. 3–6. redeemed. Ps. cxi. 9. Is. xliii. 3; liv. 5, 8. (21. remission. Is. liii. 11. Ac. X. 43. Ep. i. 7. (-11. horn. Ps. lxxxix. 3, 17; cxxxii. 10. Eze. xxix. tender m. Ps. Ixv. 6. Jno, iii. 16. 1 Jno. iv. 9 as he spake. 2 Sa, xxiii. 2-6. Je. xix.10. Lu. xxiv. day-spring-or 'sun-rising,' or branch." Nu. 26, 1. Ac. iii. 18-21. 2 Pe. i. 21 Re. xix. 10.

17. Mal. iv. 2. Jno. viii. 12. Re.xxii. 16. saved from. Je. xxiii.6; IX.8. Ese. xxxiv. 25. give lgt. Is. xlii. 16; Ix. 1-3, 19, 20. Lu. ii. 32. remember. Ge, xvii. 4-9; xxii. 15. Le. xxvi. 42 Jno. i. 9. Ac. xxvi. 18. 2 Co. iv. 4-6.

-45. Ps. xcviii. 3; cv. 8-11. Eze, xvi. 60- shadow. Ps. cvii. 10, 14. Is. ix. 2. Am. v. 8.

63. Lu. i. 54, 5. Ac. iii. 25, 6. Ga. iii. 15-17.guide. 18. xlviii. 17-22; xlix. 10. Re. vii. 16. oath which. Ge. xii. 3; xxii. '16-8. He. vi. 13. greu. Ju. xiii. 24,5. 1 Sa. iii. 19-21. Lu.ii. without. Is.lxv. 25. Mi,ir. 3. 1 Jno. iv.17,18. deserts. Mt. iii. 1; xi. 7. Mk. i. 3, 4. (40,62.

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