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Luke's

Chap. i.

• preface. ham, and thence to Adam ; for although he begins with saying, Jesus was, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli; he meant only, that Joseph was by his marriage with Mary the son of Heli, for Joseph was by birth the son of Jacob, and Mary was the daughter of Heli. This accounts for the difference in the genealogies of Matthew and Luke; and when it is remembered that the same person in ancient times had frequently several names, and different persons the same name, there will be no difficulty in admitting the account of both genealogies as perfectly correct, though they may ap. parently differ. • St. Luke seems to have written his Gospel at the request and for the instruction of a Christian friend of great distinction, whom he calls most excellent, as we are accustomed to address governors and magistrates with the title of Excellency. The time when he wrote, and the place where, are not known. We bave no authentic account either of the latter part of the life, or the death of this Evangelist; but it is most probable he suffered martyrdom. I THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. LUKE. CHAP. I.

4 That thou mightest know 1 Luke's preface. 5 The con.. the certainty of those things

ception of John Baptist, 26 wherein thou hast been inand of Christ. 57 The na- structed. tivity and circumcision of 51 THERE was, in the John. 67 The prophecy of

1 days of Herod, the Zacharias.

king of Judea, a certain priest DORASMUCH as many named Zacharias, of the

T have taken in hand to set course of Abia; a and his wife forth in order a declaration of was of the daughters of Aaron, those things which are most and her name was Elisabeth. surely believed among us,

6 And they were both righ2 Even as they delivered teous before God, walking in them unto us, which from the all the commandments and orbeginning were eye-witnesses, dipances of the Lord blameless. and ministers of the word; bay And they had no child,

3. It seemed good to me al. because that Elisabeth was so, having had perfect under- barren; and they both were standing of all things from the now well stricken in years.b very first, to write unto thee in

a Of the course, &c. Of the family order, most excellent Theophi- of Abia.

b Siricken, advanced.

lus,

Conception of

S. Luke. John the Baptist. 8 And it came to pass, that, 18 And Zacharias said unto while he executed the priest's the angel, Whereby shall I office before God in the order know this ? for I am an old of his course,

man, and my wife well strick9 According to the custom en in years. of the priest's office, his lot19 And the angel answerwas to burn incense when he ing said unto him, I am Gawent into the temple of the briel, that stand in the presence Lord.

of God; and am sent to speak 10 And the whole multitude unto thee, and to shew thee of the people were praying these glad tidings. without at the time of incense. 20. And, behold, thou shalt

11 And there appeared un- be dumb, and not able to speak, to him an angel of the Lord until the day that these things standing on the right side of shall be performed, because the altar of incense.

thou believest not my words 12 And when Zacharias which shall be fulfilled in their saw him he was troubled, and season. fear fell upon him.

21 And the people waited 13 But the angel said unto for Zacharias, and marvelled him, Fear not, Zacharias; for that he tarried so long in the thy prayer is heard; and thy temple. wife Elisabeth shall bear thee 22 And when he came out a son, and thou shalt call his he could not speak untu them; name John.

and they perceived that he had 14 And thou shalt have joy seen a vision in the temple ; and gladness; and many shall for he beckoned unto them, rejoice at his birth.

and remained speechless... 15 For he shall be great in 23 And it came to pass, the sight of the Lord, and shall that, as soon as the days of drink neither wine nor strong his ministration were accomdrink; and he shall be filled plished, he departed to his with the Holy Ghost, even own house. from his mother's womb. 2+ And after those days his

16 And many of the chil. wife Elisabeth conceived, and dren of Israel shall he turn to hid herself five months, saying, the Lord their God.

25 Thus hath the Lord dealt And he shall go before with me in the days wherein him in the spirit and power of he looked on me, to take away Elias, to turn the hearts of the my reproach among men. fathers to the children, and the 26 | And in the sixth month disobedient to the wisdom of the angel Gabriel was sent the just; to make ready a peo- from God unto a city of Galilee, ple prepared for the Lezd. named Nazareth,

Conception of Christ. Chap. i. Prophecy of Elisabethe:

27 To a virgin espoused to a ceived a son in her old age; man whose name was Joseph, & this is the sixth month with of the house of David ; and her who was called barren. the virgin's name was Mary. 37 For with God nothing

28 And the angel came in shall be impossible. unto her, and said, Hail, thou 38 And Mary said, Behold that art highly favoured, the the handmaid of the Lord; be Lord is with thee; blessed it unto me according to thy art thou among women. word. And the angel depart.

29 And when she saw him ed from her. she was troubled at his saying, 39 And Mary arose in those and cast in her mind c what days, and went into the hillmanner of salutation this country with haste, into a city should be.

of Juda; 30 And the angel said unto 40 And entered into the her, Fear not, Mary; for thou house of Zacharias, and saluthast found favour with God. ed Elisabeth.

31 And, behold, thou shalt. 41 And it came to pass, conceive in thy womb, and that when Elisabeth heard bring forth a son, and shalt the salutation of Mary, the call his name JESUS. . babe leaped in her womb;

32 He shall be great, and and Elisabeth was filled with shall be called The Son of the the Holy Ghost : Highest : and the Lord God 42 And she spake out with shall give unto him the throne a loud voice, and said, Blessof his father David :

ed art thou among women, and 33 And he shall reign over blessed is the fruit of thy the house of Jacob for ever; womb. and of his kingdom there shall · 43 And whence is this to be no end.

me, that the mother of my 34 Then said Mary unto the Lord should come to me od angel, How shall this be, see- 44 For, lo, as soon as the ing I know not a man ? voice of thy salutation sounded

35 And the angel answered, in mine ears the babe leaped and said unto her, The Holy in my womb for joy. Ghost shall come upon thee, 45 And blessed is she that and the power of the Highest believed ; for there shall be a shall overshadow thee; there- performance of those things fore also that holy thing, which which were told her from the shall be born of thee, shall be Lord. called The Son of God.

36 And, behold, thy cousin d Verse 43. Whence is it that I Elisabeth, she hath also con- should be so honoured, as to receive . Cast in ber mind, considered a visit from the mother of my Lord.

The nativity

S. Luke. ; ; of John, : 46 9 And Mary said, My 59 And it came to pass, that soul doth magnify the Lord on the eighth day they came

47. And my spirit hath re- to circumcise the child; and joiced in God my Saviour, they called him Zacharias,

48 For he hath regarded after the name of his father. the low estate of his handmai- 60 And his mother answerden; for, behold, from hence- ed and said, Not so; but he forth all generations shall call shall be called John.., me blessed.

61 And they said unto her, 49 For he that is mighty There is none of thy kindred hath done to me great things; that is called by this name. and holy is his name. , 62 And they made signs to

50 And his mercy is on them his father how he would have that fear him from generation him called. . to generation..

..63 And he asked for a writ.51 He hath shewed strength ing-table, and wrote, saying, with his arm; he hath scat. His name is John. And they tered the proud in the imagi- marvelled all. ... nation of their hearts..

64 And his mouth was opi 52 He hath put down the ened immediately, and his mighty from their seats, and tongue loosed, and he spake exalted them of low degree. and praised God.

53 He hath filled the hun 65. And fear came on all gry with good things; and the that dwelt round about them; rich he hath sent empty away. and all these sayings were · 54 He hath holpene his ser- noised abroad throughout all vant Israel, in remembrance of the hill-country of Judea. his mercy;

66 And all they that had · 55 As he spake to our fa- heard thein laid them up in thers, to Abraham, and to his their hearts, saying, What seed for ever.

manner of child shall this be ? · 56 And Mary abode with And the hand of the Lord was her about three months, and with him. returned to her own house.. 67 And his father Zach

57 | Now Elisabeth's, full arias was filled with the Holy time came that she should be Ghost, and prophesied, saying, delivered ; and she brought 68 Blessed be the Lord God forth a son.

of Israel; for he hath visited 58 And her neighbours and and redeemed his people, her cousins heard how the 69 And hath raised up an Lord had shewed great mercy horn of salvation f for us in upon her; and they rejoiced the house of his servant Dawith her.

vid; e Hath bolpen, hath supported and of An born of salvation, a Prince blessed.

for our deliverance.

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Prophecy of Zacharias. Chap. ii. Nativity of Christ.

70 As he spake by the mouth man empire. 6 Christ's na. of his holy prophets, which tivity: 21 his circumcision. have been since the world be- 25 Simon & Anna prophesy gan:

of Christ. 71 That we should be saved AND it came to pass in from our enemies, and from those days, that there went the hand of all that hate us; out a decree from Cesar Au

72 To perform the mercy gustus,a that all the world b promised to our fathers, and to should he taxed. remember his holy covenant; 2 ( And this taxing was first

73 The oath which he sware made when Cyrenius was govto our father Abraham, ernor of Syria.) .

74 That he would grant un- 3 And all went to be taxed, to us, that we, being delivered every one into his own city. out of the hand of our enemies, 4 And Joseph also went up might serve him without fear, from Galilee, out of the city

75 In holiness and righteous- of Nazareth, into Judea, unto ness before him all the days of the city of David, which is our life.

called Beth-lehem,c (because 76 And thou, child, shalt be he was of the house and linecalled The prophet of the age of David,)d Highest; for thou shalt go be 5 To bé taxed with Mary fore the face of the Lord to his espoused e wife, being great prepare his ways; .. with child.

77. To give knowledge of 6 And so it was, that, while salvation unto his people, by they were there, the days were the remission of their sins, accomplished that she should

78 Through the tender mer- be delivered. cy of our God; whereby the way And she brought forth her day-spring from on high g hath first-born son, and wrapped visited us,

him in swaddling-clothes, and 79. To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in a Cesar Augustus, the first Roman the shadow of death, to guide emperor. our feet into the way of peace. All the world, all the Roman em

80 And the child grew, and pire, which at this time included waxed strong in spirit, & was Judea. in the deserts till the day of Bethlebem, a city about seven miles his shewing unto Israel.

south of Jerusalem, where our Sa

viour was born. David was also born CHAP. II.

and lived there; hence called the 1 Augustus taxeth all the Ro- city of Davide

d of the bouse, &c. of the family of & Tbe day-spring, &c. The light David. of divine truth.

e Espoused. See Matt. i. 18.

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