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The prophecy of Zacharias


at the birth of John. : 63 And he asked for a writing- ness before him, all the days of table, and wrote, saying, His our life. name is John. And they mar- 76 And thou, child, shalt-be velled all.

called the prophet of the High64 And his mouth was open- est: for thou shalt go before the • ed immediately, and his tongue face of the Lord to prepare his loosed, and he spake, and praised ways; God.

77 To give knowledge of sal65 And fear came on all that vation unto his people, by the dwelt round about them: and remission of their sins, all these sayings were noised 78 Through the tender mercy abroad throughout all the hill of our God; whereby the Daycountry of Judea:

spring from on high hath vi. 66 And all they that had heard sited us, them laid them up in their hearts, 79 To give light to them that saying, What manner of child sit in darkness and in the shashall this be? And the hand of dow of death, to guide our feet the Lord was with him.

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peace. 67 And his father Zacharias

80 And the child grew, and was filled with the Holy Ghost, waxed strong in spirit, and was and prophesied, saying, in the deserts till the day of his

68 Blessed be the Lord God shewing unto, Israel. of Israel; for he hath visited and

CHAP. II. redeemed his people,

The Roman empire taxed. 69 And hath raised up an ND it came to pass in those horn of salvation for us in the days; that there went out house of his servant David; a decree from Cesar Augustus,

70 As he spake by the mouth that all the world should be taxed. of his holy prophets, which have 2 (And this taxing was first been since the world began: made when Cyrenius was gover

71 That we should be saved nor of Syria.) from our enemies, and from the 3 And all went to be taxed, hand of all that hate us;

every one into his own city... 72 To perform the mercy 4 And Joseph also went up promised to our fathers, and to from Galilee, out of the city of remember his holy covenant, Nazareth, into Judea; unto the

73 The oath which he sware city of David, which is called to our father Abraham,

Bethlehem, because he was of 74 That he would grant unto the house and lineage of David,) us, that we, being delivered out 5 To be taxed with Mary of the hands of our enemies, his espoused wife, being great might serve him without fear, with child. 75 In holiness and righteous- 6 And so it was, that, while

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The birth and

circumcision of Christ. they were there, the days were 16 And they came with accomplished that she should be haste, and found Mary and delivered.

Joseph,' and the babe lying in 7 And she brought forth her a manger. first-born son, and wrapped him 17 And when they had seen in swaddling clothes, and laid it, they made known abroad the him in a manger; because there saying which was told them was no room for them in the inn. concerning this child.

8 And there were in the same 18 And all they that heard it country shepherds abiding in the wondered at those things which field, keeping watch over their were told them by the shepherds. flock by night.

19 But Mary kept all these 9 And, lo, the angel of the things, and pondered them in Lord came upon them, and the her heart. glory of the Lord shone round 20 And the shepherds returnabout them; and they were sore ed, glorifying and praising God afraid.

for all the things that they had 10 And the angel said unto heard and seen, as it was told them, Fear not: for, behold, I unto them. bring you good tidings of great 21 And when eight days joy, which shall be to all people. were accomplished for the cir

11 For unto you is born this cumcising of the child, his name day, in the city of David, a Sa- was called JESUS, which was viour, which is Christ the Lord. so named of the angel before

12 And this shall be a sign he was conceived in the womb. unto you; Ye shall find the babe 22 And when the days of her wrapped in swaddling clothes, purification according to the law lying in a manger.

of Moses were accomplished, 13 And suddenly there was they brought him to Jerusalem, with the angel a multitude of to present him to the Lord; the heavenly host, praising God, 23 (As it is written in the and saying,

law of the Lord, Every male that 14Glory to God in the highest, openeth the womb shall be caļled and on earth peace, good will holy to the Lord;) towards men.

24 And to offer a sacrifice 15 And it came to pass, as the according to that which is said angels were gone away from in the law of the Lord, A pair them into heaven, the shepherds of turtle doves, or two young said one to another, Let us pigeons. now go even unto Bethlehem, 25 And, behold, there was and see this thing which is come a man in Jerusalem, whose name to pass, which the Lord hath was Simeon; and the same man made known unto us,

was just and devout, waiting for


Simeon and Anna prophesy. LUKE, Christ at the age of twelve years the consolation of Israel: and 37 And she was a widow of the Holy Ghost was upon him. about fourscore and four years,

26 And it was revealed unto which departed not from the him by the Holy Ghost, that he temple, but served God with fastshould not see death before he ings and prayers night and day.. had seen the Lord's Christ. 38 And she coming in that

27 And he came by the instant gave thanks likewise unto Spirit into the temple: and the Lord, and spake of him to when the parents brought in the all them that looked for redempchild Jesus, to do for him after tion in Jerusalem. the custom of the law,

39 And when they had per28 Then took he him up in formed all things according to his arms, and blessed God, and the law of the Lord, they returnsaid,

ed into Galilee, to their own 29 Lord, now lettest thou thy city Nazareth. servant depart in peace, accord- 40 | And the child grew, and ing to thy word:

waxed strong in spirit, filled 30 For mine eyes have seen with wisdom: and the grace of thy salvation,

God was upon him. 31 Which thou hast prepared 41 Now his parents went to before the face of all people; Jerusalem every year at the feast

32 A light to lighten the Gen- of the passover. tiles, and the glory of thy people

42 And when he was twelve Israel.

years old, they went up to Je33 And Joseph and his mo- rusalem after the custom of the ther marvelled at those things feast. which were spoken of him. 43 And when they had ful

34 And Simeon blessed them, filled the days, as they returned, and said unto Mary his mother, the child Jesus tarried behind in Behold, this child is set for the Jerusalem; and Joseph and his fall and rising again of many in mother knew not of it. Israel; and for a sign which shall 44 But they, supposing him be spoken against;

to have been in the company, 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce went a day's journey; and they through thy own soul also,) that sought him among their kinsfolk the thoughts of many hearts and acquaintance. may be revealed.

45 And when they found him 36 And there was one Anna, not, they turned back again to a prophetess, the daughter of Jerusalem, seeking him. Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; 46 And it came to pass, she was of a great age, and had that after three days they found lived with an husband seven him in the temple, sitting in years from her virginity; the midst of the doctors, both


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questioneth with the doctors.

Preaching of John Baptist. hearing them, and asking them the baptism of repentance for questions.

the remission of sins; 47 And all that heard him 4 As it is written in the book were astonished at his under of the words of Esaias the prostanding and answers.

phet, saying, The voice of one 48 And when they saw him, crying in the wilderness, Prepare they were amazed : and his ye the way of the Lord, make mother said unto him, Son, his paths straight. why hast thou thus dealt with 5 Every valley shall be filled, us? behold, thy father and I and every mountain and hill have sought thee sorrowing. shall be brought low; and the

49 And he said unto them, crooked shall be made straight, How is it that ye sought me and the rough ways shall be wist ye not that I must be about made smooth; my Father's business?

6 And all flesh shall see the 50 And they understood not salvation of God. the saying which he spake unto 7 Then said he to the multhem.

titude that came forth to be 51 And he went down with baptized of him, O generation them, and came to Nazareth, of vipers! who hath warned you and was subject unto them: but to flee from the wrath to come? his mother kept all these sayings 8 Bring forth, therefore, fruits in her heart.

worthy of repentance; and be52 And Jesus increased in gin not to say within yourselves, wisdom and stature, and in fa- We have Abraham to our father: vour with God and man. for I say unto you, That God is CHAP. III.

able of these stones to raise up John's preaching and baptism. children unto Abraham. OW in the fifteenth year 9 And now also the axe is laid

of the reign of Tiberius unto the root of the trees: every Cesar, Pontius Pilate being go- tree, therefore, which bringeth vernor of Judea, and Herod not forth good fruit, is hewn being tetrarch of Galilee, and his down, and cast into the fire. brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea 10 And the people asked him, and of the region of Trachonitis, saying, What shall we do then? and Lysanias the tetrarch of 11 He answereth and saith Abilene,

unto them, He that hath two 2 Annas and Caiaphas being coats, let him impart to him the high priests, the word of that hath none; and he that God came unto John the son of hath meat, let him do likewise. Zacharias in the wilderness. 12 Then came also publicans

3 And he came into all the to be baptized, and said unto country about Jordan, preaching him, Master, what shall we do?




the son

John's testimony

and baptism of Christ. 13 And he said unto them, 22 And the Holy Ghost deExact no more than that which scended in a bodily shape like is appointed you.

a dove upon him; and a voice 14 And the soldiers likewise came from heaven, which said, demanded of him, saying, And Thou art my beloved Son; in what shall we do? And he said thee I am well pleased. unto them, Do violence to no 23 And Jesus himself began man, neither accuse any falsely; to be about thirty years of age, and be content with your wages. being (as was supposed) the son

15 And as the people were in of Joseph, which was the son of expectation, and all men mused Heli, in their hearts of John, whether 24 Which was the son of he were the Christ or not; Matthat, which was the son

16 John answered, saying unto of Levi, which was the son of them all, I indeed baptize you Melchi, which was the son of with water; but one mightier Janna, which than I cometh, the latchet of of Joseph, whose shoes I am not worthy to

25 Which was the son of unloose; he shall baptize you Mattathias, which was the son with the Holy Ghost and with of Amos, which was the son of fire:

Naum, which was

the son 17 Whose fan is in his hand, of Esli, which was the son of and he will throughly purge his Nagge, floor, and will gather the wheat 26 Which was the son of into his garner; but the chaff Maath, which was the son of he will burn with fire un- Mattathias, which was the son quenchable.

of Semei, which was the son 18 And many other things, of Joseph, which was the son of in his exhortation, preached he Juda, unto the people.

27 Which was the son of 19 But Herod the tetrarch, Joanna, which was the son of being reproved by him for Rhesa, which was the son of Herodias his brother Philip's Zorobabel, which was the son wife, and for all the evils which of Salathiel, which was the son Herod had done,

of Neri, 20 Added yet this above 28 Which was the son of all, that he shut up John in Melchi; which was the son prison.

of Addi, which was the son of 21 Now when all the people Cosam, which was the son of were baptized, it came to pass, Elmodam, which was the son that Jesus also being baptized, of Er, and praying, the heaven was 29 Which was the son of opened,

Jose, which was the son of

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