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that God fent his only begotten Son into the World, that we might LIVE through him.

10. Herein is Love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and fent his Son to be the PROPITIATION for our SINS.

11. Beloved, if God fo loved us, we ought also to love one another. 16. And we have known and believed the Love that GOD hath to us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in Love, dwelleth in God, and God in him.

17. Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have Boldnels in the Day of Judgment: because as he is, fo are we in this World.

18. There is no Fear in Love; but perfect Love cafteth out Fear: because Fear hath Torment: He that feareth, is not made perfect in Love.

19. We love him, because he first loved us:

20. If a Man fay, I LOVE God, and hateth his Brother, he is a Lyar: for he that loveth not his Brother whom he hath feen, how can he love God whom he hath not feen?

21. And this Commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God, love his Brother also.

Chap. v. 1. Whofoever believeth that Jefus is the Chrift, is BORN of God: and every one that loveth him that begat, loveth him alfo that is begotten of him.

2. By this we know that we love the Children of God, when we LOVE God, and KEEP his COMMANDMENTS.

3. For this is the Love of God, that we keep his COMMANDMENTS, and his Commandments are not GRIEVOUS.

4. For whatsoever is born of God, OVERCOMETH the World: and this is the VICTORY that overcometh the World, even our FAITH.

Ephef. v. 25. Chrift LOVED the Church, and gave himself for it: 26. That he might SANCTIFY and CLEANSE it with the Washing of Water by the WORD,

27. That he might prefent it to himself a glorious Church, not having SPOT or WRINKLE, or any fuch Thing; but that it fhould be HOLY, and without Blemish.

Palm xxxvi. 7. How excellent is thy LOVING KINDNESS, O God! therefore the Children of Men put their TRUST under the Shadow of thy Wings.

9. For with thee is the Fountain of LIFE: and in thy LIGHT fhall we fee LIGHT.

Pf. lxiii. 1. O God, thou art my God, early will I SEEK thee: my Soul thirfteth for thee, my Flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty Land, where no Water is:

2. To fee thy Power and thy Glory, fo as I have feen thee in the Sanctuary.

3. Because thy LOVING KINDNESS is better than LIFE: my Lips fhall PRAISE thee.

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Pf. 1xxiii. 25. Whom have I in Heaven but thee? and there is none upon Earth that I DESIRE befides thee.


26. My Flesh and my Heart faileth but GOD is the Strength my Heart, and my PORTION for ever.

27. For lo, they that are far from thee fhall PERISH:

Cant. iii. 1. By Night on my Bed I fought him whom my SOUL LOVETH: I fought him, but found him not.

2. I will rife now, and go about the City, in the Streets and in the Broad-ways I will feek him whom my Soul LOVETH.

Chap. viii. 6. Set me as a SEAL upon thine Heart, as a Seal upon thine Arm: For Love is STRONG as Death, Jealousy is cruel as the Grave: the Coals thereof are Coals of Fire, which hath a moft vehement Flame.

7. Many Waters cannot QUENCH LOVE; neither can the Floods drown it: If a Man would give all the Subftance of his House for LOVE, it would utterly be contemned.

Ifai. xxvi. 9. With my Soul have I defired thee in the Night, yea, with my SPIRIT within me will I SEEK thee early.

Rev. i. 5. Jefus Chrift, who is the faithful Witness, and the Firft-begotten of the Dead, and the PRINCE of the Kings of the Earth unto him that LOVED us, and WASHED us from our SINS in his own BLOOD,

6. And hath made us KINGS and PRIESTS unto God and his FATHER; to him be GLORY and DOMINION for ever and ever. Amen.

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CHRIST comes into Judea, where he baptizes. John the Baptift declares to the Jews that Jefus was the Meffiab that came down from Heaven.

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FTER thefe Things came Jefus and his Difiii. 22. ciples into the Land of Judea, and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

23. And John alfo was baptizing in Enon, near to Salim, because there was much Water there: and they came, and were baptized.

24. For John was not yet caft into Prifon.

25. Then there arofe a Difpute between fome of John's Difciples, and the Jews, about purifying.

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26. And they came unto John, and faid unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou bareft witnefs, behold, the fame baptizeth, and all Men come unto him.

27. John anfwered and faid, A Man can receive nothing except it be given him from Heaven.

28. Ye your felves bare me witness, that I faid, I am not the Chrift, but that I am fent before him.

29. He that hath the Bride, is the Bridegroom: but the Friend of the Bridegroom, which ftandeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly becaufe of the Bridegroom's Voice: This my Joy therefore is fulfilled.

30. He muft INCREASE, but I must DECREASE.

31. He that cometh from above, is above all: He that is of the Earth, is carthly, and fpeaketh of the Earth: he that cometh from Heaven, is above all.

32. And what he hath feen and heard, that he teftifieth; and no Man receiveth his Teftimony.

33. He that hath received his Teftimony, hath fet to his Seal, that God is true.

34. For he whom God hath fent, fpeaketh the Words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by Measure unto


35. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all Things into his Hand.

36. He that BELIEVETH on the Son, hath everlasting LIFE: and he that believeth not the Son, fhall not fee Life, but the Wrath of God abideth on him.


John the Baptift's Imprisonment by Herod, and is beheaded by his Order.

Matt.xiv. 3, to 12. Mark vi. 14, to 28. Luke iii. 19, to 21. [L]BUT Herod the Tetrarch, being reproved by John for Herodias his Brother Philip's Wife, and for all the Evils which Herod had done, added this yet above all, [Mr.] that he fent forth, and took [M.] and bound, [L.] and fhut up John in Prifon, [M] for Herodias his Brother Philip's Wife; [Mr.] for he had married her.


For John had faid unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy Brother's Wife. Therefore Herodias had a Quarrel against him, and would have killed him, but she could not. For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a juft Man, and an holy, and obferved him: and when he heard him, he did many Things, and heard him gladly. [M.] And when he would have put him to Death, he feared the Multitude, because they counted him as a PROPHET.

[Mr.] And when a convenient Day was come, that Herod on his Birth-day made a Supper to his Lords, high Captains, and chief Eftates of Galilee; [M.] but when Herod's Birth-day was kept, the Daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod: whereupon he promifed with an Oath, to give her whatsoever fhe would afk. [Mr.] And when the Daughter of the faid Herodias came in and danced, and pleafed Herod, and them that fat with him, the King faid unto the Damfel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he fware unto her, Whatfoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my Kingdom. And she went forth, and faid unto her Mother, What fhall I afk? And fhe faid, The Head of John the Baptift. And she came in ftraightway with hafte unto the King, and asked, faying, I will that thou give me by and by in a Charger the Head of John the Baptift. And the King was exceeding forry. [M.] And fhe being before instructed of her Mother, faid, Give me here John Baptift's Head in a Charger. And the King was forry: neverthelefs, for the Oath's fake, and them which fat with him at Meat, [Mr.] he would not reject her, but [M.] commanded it to be given her. [Mr.] And immediately the King fent an Executioner, and commanded his Head to be brought; and he went, [M] and beheaded John in the Prifon. And his Head was brought in a Charger, and given to the Damfel: and fhe brought it, [Mr.] and gave it to her Mother. And when his Difciples heard of it, they came, and took up his Corps, and faid it in a Tomb, [A] and buried it, and went and told Jefus.

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Herod's Opinion of CHRIST.

Matt. xiv. 1. Mark vi. 14. Luke ix. 7.

[Mr.] AND [M] at that Time, King Herod the Tetrarch [M] heard of the Fame of Jefus, and of all that was done by him, [Mr.] (for his Name was fpread abroad) and faid unto his Servants, This is John the Baptift, he is rifen from the Dead, and therefore MIGHTY WORKS do fhew forth themselves in him. Others faid that it was Elias. And others faid that it is a Prophet, or as one of the Prophets. But when Herod heard thereof, he faid, It is John whom I beheaded, he is rifen from the Dead. [L.] And he was perplexed, because that it was faid of fome that John was rifen from the Dead; and of fome, that Elias had appeared: and of others, that one of the old Prophets was rifen again. And Herod faid, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear fuch Things? And he DESIRED to SEE him.


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