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HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS.
EVENTS PRECEDING THE MINISTRY OF JESUS.
FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely be2 lieved among us, even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eye-witnesses and ministers of the 3 word; it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee 4 in order, most excellent Theophilus, that thou mightest know the certainty of those things wherein thou hast been instructed.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with 2 God, and the Word was God. The same was in the begin3 ning with God. All things were made by him; and without 4 him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, 5 and the life was the light of men; and the light shineth in 6 darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not. There 7 was a man sent from God, whose name was John; the same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all 8 men through him might believe. He was not that Light, 9 but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was
the true Light, which lighteth every man that. cometh 10 into the world. He was in the world, and the world was 11 made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto
12 his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as
received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of 13 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
14 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 15 truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying;
This was he of whom I spake; He that cometh after me, 16 is preferred before me; for he was before me. For of his 17 fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law
was given by Moses; but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was 6 Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the 7 Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Eliz
abeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in 8 years. And it came to pass, that, while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, according to the custom of the priest's office his lot was to burn in10 cense, when he went into the temple of the Lord; and the
whole multitude of the people were praying without, at the 11 time 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 Elizabeth shall bear thee a son; and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness, and many shall re15 joice 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 16 womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn 17 to the Lord their God. And he shall go 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, 18 to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. And Zacharias said unto the angel; Whereby shall I know this? for 19 I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And