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τον χριστον Κυριου.


holy to the Lord);' 24 and to offer a sacrifice ac-
cording to that which is enjoined in the law of the
Lord, 'A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.'
25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem
whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous
and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and
the holy spirit was upon him. 26 And it was signified
unto him by the holy spirit, that he should not see
death, before he had seen the Anointed of the Lord.
27 And he came in the spirit into the temple; and
when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to
do according to what was appointed by the law
concerning him, 28 he also took him up in his arms
and he blessed God, and said, 29 "Now, Lord, thou
lettest thy servant depart in peace, according to thy
word; 30 for mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 which thou hast prepared before the face of all the
peoples; 32 a light for the illumination of the Gentiles,
and the glory of thy people Israel." 33 And his
father and mother wondered at those things which
were spoken concerning him. 34 And Simeon blessed
them, and said unto Mary his mother, “Lo! this child
is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel;
and for a sign to be spoken against; 35 (yea, a sword
shall pierce through thy own soul also); that the
purposes of many hearts may be disclosed."

36 There was also Anna, a prophetess, the daughter
of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher; (she was far
advanced in age, having lived with a husband
seven years from her virgin-state, 7 and herself a
widow of about fourscore and four years); who de-
parted not from the temple, serving God with fastings
and prayers, night and day. 38 And she, coming up
that same hour, gave thankful acknowledgments
unto the Lord, and spake concerning him to all that
were waiting for redemption in Jerusalem.§

39 And when they had performed all things ac.
cording to the law of the Lord, they returned into
Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 40 And the
child grew,
and became strong in spirit, filled with
wisdom and the grace of God was upon him.


Lev. 12; 8.

+ Or, Now, Sovereign Lord, thou art dismissing thy servant according to thy word, in peace; for &c. Lit. in many days.

Here is commonly introduced the narrative in the following section-thus making Luke ii. 39, correspond with Matt. ii. 22, 23. As the words of St. Luke imply that he was not acquainted with the record in Matt. ii, it appears best to leave these verses in their present situation.


Visit of the Magi-Flight into Egypt-Return to Galilee.






Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came Magi from the east to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to do him homage." But when Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them, "Where is the Christ born?" And they said unto him, “In Bethlehem of Judea for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art by no means least among the governors of Judah for out of thee shall come a governor, who shall tend my people Israel.'” 7 Then Herod, having privately called the Magi, carefully inquired of them the time when the star appeared. 6 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, "Go and search carefully concerning the child; and when ye have found him, bring me word, that I also may come and do him homage." Now when they had heard the king, they departed; and, behold, the star which they had seen in the east went before them, till it came and stood over where the child was. 10 And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy; and going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and did him homage; and having opened their treasures, they presented gifts unto him, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

13 But when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise and take the child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I tell thee to return for Herod is about to seek the child, to destroy him." 14 And he arose, and took the child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 and he was there until the death of Herod : so that it was fulfilled which was spoken by the

• See Benson's Chronology of our Saviour's Life, p. 61.

Mic. 5; 2.

+ Or, a city, Yn. See Schlenswer.

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16 Then Herod, seeing that he was deceived by the Magi, was exceeding wroth; and sent forth and slew all the male children that were in Bethlehem and in all its borders, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had carefully inquired of the Magi. 17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,│| Jer. 31; 15. 18 In Ramah was a voice heard, lamentation and weeping and great mourning; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted, because they are not.'

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, "Arise and take the child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead who sought the child's life." 21 And he arose, and took the child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But having heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in the room of Herod his father, he was afraid to go thither; but, being warned in a dream, he departed into the parts of Galilee 23 and he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth so that it was fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets,' He shall be called a Nazarene.'




Jesus at the Passover when Twelve Years of Age.

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41 AND his parents went every year to Jerusalem at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they having gone up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast, 43 and having fulfilled the appointed days, as they were returning, the child Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and his mother did not know it; but, supposing him to be in the company, they went a day's journey. And they kept seeking for him among their kindred and acquaintance; and when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in

• Or, in the caravan, εν τη συνοδία.


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the midst of the Rabbis,* both hearing them, and
asking them questions. 47 Now all that heard him
were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when his parents saw him, they were amazed:
and his mother said unto him, "Child, why hast
thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I
have been seeking thee greatly distressed."
49 And
he said unto them, "How is it that ye were seeking
me knew ye not that I must be in my Father's
house?" + 50 And they understood not the saying
which he spake unto them. 51 And he went down
with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject
unto them. And his mother kept all these things in
her heart.

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom, and in stature,
and in favour with God and men.

* των διδασκαλων.

+ εν τοις του πατρός μου.


Dates of the Jewish Festivals during our Saviour's Ministry.

The 15th year of the reign of Tiberius, Luke iii. 1, reckoning from the death of Augustus, began the 19th of August, A. D. 28. We may suppose the Baptist to have begun his preaching a short time before the Feast of Tabernacles that year; and the baptism of Jesus to have occurred in the interval before the Passover of the year 29. The Passover of A.D. 30, was› on this calculation, the period of our Lord's Crucifixion.-See Supplement to Dissertation IV.

A.D. 28. The Feast of Tabernacles began... .Sept. 24.

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