Page images
PDF
EPUB

Matt. i, 25. Luke i, 79, 80; ii, 1–25.

'to guide our feet into the

way

of

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

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 5 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 Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehern ; (because he was of the house and lineage of David :) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being 10 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 her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swad. dling clothes, and laid him in a manger ; because there was no room for them in the inn.

15 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by niglit. 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 20 to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ 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 25 earth peace, good will toward men.

3And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds 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. And they came with haste, and found 30 Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds 35 re.urned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and sien, as it was told unto them.

And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, 'he called his name, 'his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

40 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 ; (as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord ;) and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair 45 of turtle doves, or two young pigeons.

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name nogs

Matt. ii, 1-11. Luke ii, 25--39.

*Simeon ; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel : and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before be had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple : and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for 5 him after the custom of the law, then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people ; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

10 3And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

3 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; (yea, a sword shall pierce through 15 thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

And there was one Anna, 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; and she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but 20 served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 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.

3 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Loril, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

25 'Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jeru. salem, 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. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jeru- 30 salem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judæa : for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda : for out of thee shall come 35 a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 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. Wben 40 they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child 45 with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts ; gold,

Matt. ii, 11-23. Luke ii, 40.-50.

land frankincense, and myrrh.

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

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 5 his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word : for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: and was there until the death of Herod : that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of 10 Egypt have I called my son.

Theu 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 thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the 15 wise men.

Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth 20 in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 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. And he arose, and took the

young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reig, in Judæa in the room of his father 25 Herod, he was afraid to go thither : notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth : that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom : 30 and the grace of God was upon him.

3Now 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 ; 35 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 Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting 40 in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and

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. And he said unto them, How is it 45 that ye sought ine ? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them,

answers.

Matt. iii, 1–10. Mark i, 2–5. Luke ii, 51-52 ; iii, 1-14.

'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.

3And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, Pontius á Pilate being governor of Judæa, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituræa, and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

10 'In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judæa, and saying, Repent ye : for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, she came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins ; 15 'as it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee, 'as it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and 20 hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth ; and all flesh shall see the sal. vation of God, 'for this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, inake his paths straight.

25 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loius ; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judæa, and all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in ?the river of 'Jordan, confessing their sins.

30 "But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, 3to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, 'O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to conie? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance : and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abrahain to 35 our father : for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is bewn down, and cast into the fire.

8 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He 40 answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none ; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

8 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.

And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse

45

Matt. ii, 11-17. Mark i, 7-11. Luke iii, 14--31.

3any falsely; and be content with your wages.

"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance : but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his 5 wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

3And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier 10 than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy kto stoop down sto unloose : he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner ; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. And many other things in his exhorta- 15 tion preached he unto the people.

3Now when all the people were baptized, ?it came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, 'then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest 20 thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be 80 now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus ?was baptized of John in Jordan. And 'it came to pass, that Jesus 'when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and estraightway coming up out of the water, sand 25 praying, 'lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and ?he saw the heavens opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, 'in a bodily shape like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo 'there came a voice froin heaven, saying, 'Thou art my beloved Son ; in thee I am well pleased.

And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which 35 was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge, which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, 40 which was the son of Neri, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmo. dam, which was the son of Er, which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Simeon, which 45 was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim, which was the son of Melea,

30

с

« PreviousContinue »