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fall and rising again of many in Israel ; and for a sign which shall be spoken agamist;

35 (Yea, a swordi shall pierce through thy own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

36 And there was one Anna a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Aser; she was of great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity.

37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

38 And she coming in that instant, gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spoke of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

39 And when they had performed all things according to thie law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

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

LESSON VI

Matthew, Chap. 2 Now wlien Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews ? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship hiin.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem. with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demander of them where Christ should be born.

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea : for thus it is written by the 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 iny people Israel.

7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8 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 himn also.

9 When they had heard the king, they departed, and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before thein, till it

came and stood over where the young child was.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And when they were come into 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 lim gifts ; gold, and frankincense, and myrtb.

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared 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 seek the young child to destroy him.

14 When Joseph arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed 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 liave 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 tinie which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be conforted, because they are not.

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the 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 young child's life. 21 And he arose and took the young child and his inother, 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.

23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

LESSON VII. ,

Luke, Chap. 2. Now Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph her husband, went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

42 And when Jesus 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 mother knew not of it.

44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both licaring 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.

49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me ? vist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? And they understood uot the saying which he spake unto theni.

51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth. and was subject unto them: but his inother kept, all these sayings in her heart.

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

LESSON VIII.

Luke, Chap. 3. Matthew, Chap. 3. Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herud being tetrarch of Galilee, and liis brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and of the region of Trachonilis, and Lysanius the tetrarch of Abilene,

2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto Johin the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness.

3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at liand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 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 lioney.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 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 come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits 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 unto the root of the trees. therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.

11 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, and with fire :

19 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly prurze his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn

up the chaff with unquenchable fire. 10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we in then ? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that bath none; and he that hati meat, let him

likewise. 12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto lim, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.

1+ And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And ithat shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with yoiul wages.

LESSON IX.

Matthew, Chap. 3. 13 Tuen cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan upto John, to be baptized of him.

14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then lie suffered him.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my

beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

LESSON X

Luke, Chap. 4. Matthew, Chap. 4. AND Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost, returned from Jordan, and was led by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.

3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

5 Then the devil taketh him up mto the holy city, and settteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

6 And saitli unto liim, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down : for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their liands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy (iod.

8 Again the devil taketh him up into an exceeding hig!! mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10 Then saith Jesus unto hiin, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

LESSON XI.

John, Chap. 1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

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