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child and his mother, and came into the Anno 22. land of Ifrael. But when he heard that tác. 12. Archelaus did reign in Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned afide in23. to the parts of Galilee: And he came and 39. dwelt in a city called Nazareth, [ha-*Luk.ii.39. ving] performed all things according to the Law of the Lord, that it might be fulfilled which was fpoken by the prophets, He fhall be called a Nazarene.


Luk. ii. 40.



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Christ's stay at Ferusalem:

ND the Child grew, and waxed ftrong in Spirit, filled with wifdom; and the grace of God was upon him.

41. Now his parents went to Jerufalem

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every year at the feaft of the paffover. 42.And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerufalem after the custom 43.of the teaft. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the Child Jefus tarried behind in Jerufalem; and Jofeph and his mother knew not of 44. But they fuppofing him to have been in the company, went a days journey, and they fought him among their kinf 45. folk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again 46. to Jerufalem feeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found



him in the Temple, fitting in the midst Jerufalem, Etat. 29. of the Doctors, both hearing them, and Luk. ii. asking them queftions. And all that 47. heard him were aftonifhed at his undertanding and answers. And when they 48. faw him they were amazed: and his mother faid unto him, Son, why haft thou thus dealt with us? behold thy father and I have fought thee forrowing. And he faid unto them, How is it that ye fought me? wift ye not that I must be about my Father's bufinefs: And they un- so. derftood not the faying which he spake unto them. And he went down with 51. them, and came to Nazareth, and was Nazareth. fubject unto them. But his mother kept all thefe fayings in her heart. And Jefus 52. increased in wisdom and ftature, and in favour with God and man,


The preaching of John the Baptift,


HE beginning of the (a) Gospel of Mar. i. Jefus the Son of God. * Now Luk. iii,` in the fifteenth year of the reign of (b) Tiberius Cefar, (c) Pontius Pilate being governour of Judea, and (d) Herod

(a) Gospel is an old English word for good tidings.

(b) Tiberius Cefar was Emperour of Rome and fuccellor to Augustus,

(c) Pontius Pilate being Governour of Judea under Tiberius.

(d) Herod. The fon of that Herod the King who is mention'd in §. 13.

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Luk. iii.


Wilderness of being (e) Tetrarch of (f) Galilee and Anno his brother Philip Tetrarch of (g) Iturea, Etat. 29. and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lyfanias the Tetrarch of (h) Abilene, Annas and Caiphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the fon of Zacharias in the (i) wilderness, *[and he]did baptize in the wilderness, Mar. iii.1. * and he came into all the country about Mar. i. . Jordan, preaching the baptifm of re2. pentance for the remiffion of fins, and faying, Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he 'Mat.iii. 3. that was spoken of by the Prophets, Luk. iii. 4. 2. [Malachi iii. 1.]* Saying behold I fend

Mar. i.

Luk, iii.

Mat. iii.

Mar. i.

Mat. iii.







my messenger before thy face which shall prepare thy way before thee [and by E3. faias xl. 3.] The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the 5. Lord, make his paths ftraight. Every valley fhall be filled, and every mountain and hill fhall be brought low; and the crooked fhall be made ftraight, and the rough ways fhall be made Smooth; and all flesh shall fee the falvation of God.

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And the fame John had his raiment Mar. i.6.5.

(e) Tetrarch here is equivalent to King.

(f) Galilee the northern part of the Land of Canaan.

(g) Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, part of the Land of Canaan lying north-east of Galilee and the fea of Tiberias.

(h) Abilene, a little country lying on the skirts of Canaan north-eastward.

(i) Wilderness fignifies the country where the houfes ftand fcattered and at a distance one from another. See ii. Cor. xi. 26.





of Camels hair and a leathern girdle about Wilderness of Etat. 29. his loins, and his meat was locufts and Mac. iii. wild honey. Then went out to him Je- 5. rufalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized 6. of him in Jordan, confeffing their fins. Jordan. Luk.iii.7. But when he faw many of the (k) Pha- 7. rifees and (1) Sadducees come to his Baptifim, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore 8. Mat. iii. fruits meet for repentance. And think not to fay within your felves, we have Abraham to our Father; for I fay unto you, that God is able of thefe ftones to raife up children unto Abraham, And 1o. now alfo the ax is laid unto the root of the trees therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down and caft into the fire.


And the people asked him, faying, 10. Luk, iii. what shall we do then?

He anfwereth and faith unto them, He 11. that bath two coats, let him impart to bim that bath none, and be that hath meat, let him do likewife.

Then came alfo (m) Publicans to be bap- 12. tized, and faid unto him, Mafter, what Shall we do?

(k) Pharifees, a fect amongst the Jews that pretended to more than ordinary holiness and an exact obfervance of the Law,

(1) Sadducees, a fect amongst the Jews that be
lieved not the Refurrection nor that there was An-
gels or Spirits.

(m) Publicans were gatherers of the Tolls and Cu
ftoms, and in general disrepute for extortion.
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And he faid unto them exact no more Anno
Mat. iii. 13 than that which is appointed you.
Ætat. 30.

Mar, i. 9.



And the Soldiers likewife demanded" of him, faying, and what shall we do? And he faid unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accufe any falfly, and be con tent with your (n) wages.



Chrift's Baptifm.

ND it came to pass in those days,
that Jefus came from Nazareth of

Minift. I.

Mat, iii. 13. Galilee to Jordan unto John to be bap- - Mar. i. tized of him. But John forbad him faying, I have need to be baptized of 15. thee, and comeft thou to me? And Jefus anfwering, faid unto him, fuffer it to be fo now; for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteoufnefs. Then he fuffered him.

Luke iii.22,
Mat. iii.





And Jefus when he was baptized Mar.i. 10. went up ftraight way out of the water: 11. Luk. iii. 21, and lo the heavens were open'd unto him, and he faw the Spirit of God defcending in a bodily fhape like a Dove 17. and lighting upon him. And lo a voice from heaven, faying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleafed.

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And Jefus himself begun to be about thirty years of age.

(n) Wages, otherwife Pay.


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