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Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men 2 from the east to Jerusalem, saying; Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the 3 east, and are come to worship him. When Herod, the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusa4 lem with him; and when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him; In Bethlehem of Judea; for thus it is written by the 6 prophet; "And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda; for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel." 7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, ins quired of them diligently what time the star appeared, and he sent them to Bethlehem, and said; Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him 9 also. When they had heard the king, they departed. And, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great 11 joy; and when they were come unto the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him, and when they had opened their treasures they presented unto him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and 12 myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.


And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying; Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word; for Herod will 14 seek the young child, to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and de15 parted into Egypt; and was there until the death of Herod ; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying; "Out of Egypt have I called my son." 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth; and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time


17 which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.


was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, 18 saying; "In Rama there was a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning; Rachel weeping for her children; and would not be comforted, because they are. 19 not." But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the 20 Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying; Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel; for they are dead which sought the 21 young child's life. And he arose, and took the young child

22 and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that 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 aside into the parts of Galilee.

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40 And the child grew and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom ; and the grace of God was upon him.


Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the 42 feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast; 43 and when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his 44 mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in company, went a day's journey, and they sought 45 him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking 46 him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple sitting in the midst of the doctors, both 47 hearing them and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were amazed; and his mother said unto him; Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he


said unto them; How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not 50 that I must be about my Father's business? And they under61 stood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth; and was sub


1 In those days came John | 1
the Baptist preaching in the
2 wilderness of Judea, and
saying; Repent ye, for the
kingdom of heaven is at
3 hand. For this is he that
was spoken of by the proph-
et Esaias, saying; "The
voice of one crying in the
wilderness; prepare ye the
way of the Lord, make his
4 paths straight." And the
same John had his raiment of
camel's hair, and a leathern
girdle about his loins; and
his meat was locusts and wild
6 honey. Then went out to
him Jerusalem, and all Ju-
dea, and all the region round
• about Jordan; and were



THE beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the 2 Son of God. As it is written in Esaias the prophet; "Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy 3 way; The voice of one crying in the wilderness; Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight; John did baptize in the wilderness and preach the baptism of repentance for the 5 remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and all they of Jerusalem; and were baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing

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baptized of him in Jordan, 6 their sins. And John was

confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them; O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to 8 come? Bring forth there

fore fruit meet for repentance, and think not to say within yourselves; We have Abraham to our father; for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10 And now also the axe is laid


clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins, and he did eat locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying; There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and 8 unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water; but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.


ject unto them. But his mother kept all these sayings in her 52 heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom, and stature, and in favour with God and man..

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Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius. Cesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abi2 lene,

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Annas being high priest, and Caiaphas, the word of God came unto John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. And he came into all the country 10 about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance, for A the remission of sins; as it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying; "The voice of one crying in the wilderness; 12 Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths 5 straight; Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made 6 smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God." 7- Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him; O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the

8 wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance; and begin not to say within yourselves; We have Abraham to our father.

For I say unto you, that

God is able of these stones to raise up children unto 9 Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees; every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down and cast into the fire,

And the people asked him, saying; What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them; He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him ; Master, what shall we do? and he said unto them; Exact no more than that which 14 is appointed you. And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying; And what shall we do? And he said unto them; Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their



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unto the root of the trees;


every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into 11 the fire. I indeed baptize you with water, unto repentance; but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, 12 and with fire. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor; and he will gather his wheat into the garner, but burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.


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