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the angel answering said unto him; I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto 20 thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 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 22 he tarried so long in the temple. 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 23 them, and remained speechless. And it came to pass,

that as soon as the days of his ministration were accom24 plished, he departed to his own house. And after those days

his wife Elizabeth conceived; and hid herself five months, 25 saying; Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days, wherein he looked on me to take away my reproach among


26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from 27 God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin es

poused to a man, whose name was Joseph, of the house of 28 David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said; Hail, thou that art highly favoured; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 29 women. And she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her 30 mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the

angel said unto her; Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found. 31 favour with God. 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 High

est; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his 33 [father David; and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for 34 ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said

Mary unto the angel; How shall this be, seeing I know not 35 a man? 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, shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, thy cousin Elizabeth, she hath also conceived

a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her 37 who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be im38 possible. And Mary said; Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.



And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill-coun40 try with haste, into a city of Juda. And she entered into 41 the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was 42 filled with the Holy Ghost, and she spake out with a loud voice, and said; Blessed art thou among women; and bless43 ed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, 44 that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For lo, as

soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the 45 babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed, for there shall be a performance of those things 46 which were told her from the Lord. And Mary 47 said; My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath 48 rejoiced in God my Saviour; for he hath regarded the low

estate of his handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth, all 49 generations shall call me blessed; for he that is mighty so hath done to me great things; and holy is his name, and his mercy is on them that fear him, from generation to genera51 tion. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted 53 them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good 54 things, and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath 55 holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, (as he spake to our fathers,) to Abraham, and to his seed, for And Mary abode with her about three months; and returned to her own house.

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57 Now Elizabeth's full time came that she should be deliv58 ered; and she brought forth a son. And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great 59 mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.

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it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the 60 name of his father. And his mother answered and said; 81 Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her; There is none of thy kindred that is called by this And they made signs to his father, how he would 63 have him called. And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying; His name is John. And they marvelled And his mouth was opened immediately, and his 65 tongue loosed; and he spake, and praised God. And fear came on all that dwelt round about them; and all these say

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ings were noised abroad throughout all the hill-country of 66 Judea. And all they that heard them, laid them up in their hearts, saying; What manner of child shall this be? And 67 the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, 68 saying; Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath 69 visited and redeemed his people, and hath raised up an horn

of salvation for us, in the house of his servant David; 70 (as he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which 71 have been since the world began ;) that we should be saved

from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remem73 ber his holy covenant, the oath which he sware to our father 74 Abraham, that he would grant unto us, that we, being deliv

ered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve him with75 out fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all our 76 days. And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the

Highest; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to 77 prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation unto his 78 people, by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the day-spring from on high 79 hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit; and was in the deserts, till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

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Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away 20 privily. But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying; Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy 21 Ghost; and she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call

his name JESUS; for he shall save his people from their 22 sins. (Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled 23 which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying; "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel; " which being 24 interpreted, is, God with us.) Then Joseph, being raised


from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him; 25 and took unto him his wife, and knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son.


1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cesar Augustus, that all the world should be. 2 taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was 3 governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into 4 his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, (because he was of the house 5 and lineage of David,) to be taxed with Mary his espoused 6 wife, being great with child. And so it was, that

while they were there, the days were accomplished that she 7 should be delivered. And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling-clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the 8 inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were 10 sore afraid. And the angel said unto them; Fear not; for

behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be 11 to all people; for unto you is born this day, in the city of 12 David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall

be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swad13 dling-clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising 14 God, and saying; "Glory to God in the highest, and on 15 earth peace; good will toward men." And it came to pass,

as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another; Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which 16 the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a 17 manger. And when they had seen it, they made known

abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it, wondered at those things which 19 were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these 20 things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.





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21 And when eight days were accomplished for his circumcising, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Je23 rusalem, to present him to the Lord, (as it is written in the law of the Lord; "Every male that openeth the womb shall 24 be called holy to the Lord;") and to offer a sacrifice, according to that which is said in the law of the Lord; "A pair 25 of turtle doves, or two young pigeons." And behold,

there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel. And the Holy Ghost was upon him; 26 and it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the 28 custom of the law; then took he him up in his arms, and 29 blessed God, and said; Lord, now lettest thou thy servant 30 depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes 31 have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before 32 the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and 33 the glory of thy people Israel. And his father and

mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother; Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also ;) that 36 the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And

there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Aser; she was of a great age, and had lived 37 with a husband seven years from her virginity; and she was a widow of about four-score and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and pray38 ers night and day. And she, coming in that instant, gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

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