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2. St. John's Preface.

In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him ; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.

6 | There was a man sent from God, whose name John.

7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his


and his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 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 truth.

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15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before mej: for he was before me.

16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

17 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 $ 3. The conception of


5 There was in the
days of Herod the king
of Judea, a certain
priest named Zacha-
rias, of the course of
Abia : and his wife
was of the daughters
of Aaron, and her
name was Elisabeth.

6 And they were
both righteous before
God, walking in all the
commandments and
ordinances of the Lord,

7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now. well stricken in years





8 * And it came to pass,

while he executed the priest's
office before God in the order of

his course,

9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without, at the time of incense.

11 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 fell upon him.

13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias : for thy prayer is heard ; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness: and many shall rejoice at his birth.

15 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 womb.

16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

17 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 ; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

18 And Zacharias' said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know

* Place.... Jerusalem. The Temple.

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this? for I am an old man, and
my wife well stricken in years.

19 And the angel answering,
said unto him, I am Gabriel, that
stand in the presence of God;
and am sent to speak unto thee,
and to shew thee these glad ti-

20 And behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

22 And when he came out he could not speak unto them : and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple : for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. *

24 And after those days his
wife Elisabeth conceived, and
hid herself five months, saying,

25 Thus hath the Lord dealt
with me, in the days wherein he
looked on me, to take away my
reproach among men.
04. The salutation of Mary.

26 And in the sixth month the
angel Gabriel was sent from God
unto a city of Galilee, named
Nazareth, †

27. To a virgin espoused to a man, whose name was Joseph,

* Place..... A city in the mountainous parts of Judea.
+ Time.... Nine months before the birth of Jesus.

Place.... Nazareth.



JOHN. CAAP. I. of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her, and said Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary : for thou hast found favour with God.

31 And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest : and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his Father Da. vid:

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also, that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

36 And behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old


and this is the sixth month with her who was

called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be

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