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Birth of Christ.

MATTHEW, Herod's inquiry for him that which is conceived in her Bethlehem of Judea : for thus is of the Holy Ghost. it is written by the prophet,

21 And she shall bring forth 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the a son, and thou shalt call his land of Juda, art not the least name JESUS: for he shall save among the princes of Juda : for his people from their sins. out of thee shall come a Go

22 Now all this was done, that vernor, that shall rule my people it might be fulfilled which was Israel. spoken of the Lord by the pro 7 Then Herod, when he had phet, saying,

privily called the wise men, in23 Behold, a virgin shall be quired of them diligently what with child, and shall bring forth time the star appeared. a son, and they shall call his 8 And he sent them to Bethname Emmanuel, which being lehem, and said, Go, and search interpreted is, God with us. diligently for the young child ;

24 Then Joseph, being raised and when ye have found him, from sleep, did as the angel of bring me word again, that I may the Lord had bidden him, and come and worship him also. took unto him his wife:

9 When they had heard the 25 And knew her not till she king, they departed; and lo, the had brought forth her first-born star, which they saw in the east, son : and he called his name went before them, till it came JESUS.

and stood over where the young CHAP. II.

child was. The wise men worship Christ. 10 When they saw the star, TOW when Jesus was born they rejoiced with exceeding

in Bethlehem of Judea in great joy. the days of Herod the king, be 11 T And when they were hold, there came wise men from come into the house, they saw the east to Jerusalem,

the

young child with Mary his 2 Saying, Where is he that is mother, and fell down, and born King of the Jews ? for we worshipped him: and when have seen his star in the east, they had opened their treaand are come to worship him. sures, they presented unto him

3 When Herod the king had gifts; gold, and frankincense, heard these things, he was trou- and myrrh. bled, and all Jerusalem with him. 12 And being warned of God

4 And when he had gathered in a dream that they should not all the chief priests and scribes return to Herod, they departed of the people together, he de- into their own country another manded of them where Christ way. should be born.

i3 And when they were de5 And they said unto him, In parted, behold, the angel of the

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my son.

Herod's cruelty.

CHAP. JII.

John's preaching Lord appeareth to Joseph in a for they are dead which sought dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child's life. the young

child and his mother, 21 And he arose, and took the and flee into Egypt, and be thou young child and his mother, and there until I bring thee word : came into the land of Israel. for Herod will seek the young

22 But when he heard that child to destroy him.

Archelaus did reign in Judea in 14 When he arose, he took the room of his father Herod, the young child and his mother he was afraid to go thither: notby night, and departed into withstanding, being warned of Egypt:

God in a dream, he turned aside 15 And was there until the into the parts of Galilee: death of Herod : that it might 23 And he came and dwelt be fulfilled which was spoken in a city called Nazareth: that of the

Lord by the prophet, say- it might be fulfilled which was ing, Out of Egypt have I called spoken by the prophets, He shall

be called a Nazarene. 16 | Then Herod, when he

CHAP. III. saw that he was mocked of the The preaching of John Baptist. wise men, was exceeding wroth, IN those days came John the , IN

Baptist, preaching in the wilchildren that were in Bethlehem, derness of Judea, and in all the coasts thereof, 2 And saying, Repent ye ; from two years old and under, for the kingdom of heaven is at according to the time which he hand. had diligently inquired of the 3 For this is he that was spowise men.

ken of by the prophet Esaias, 17 Then was fulfilled that saying, The voice of one crying which was spoken by Jeremy in the wilderness, Prepare ye the prophet, saying,

the way of the Lord, make his 18 In Rama was there a voice paths straight. heard, lamentation, and weep 4 And the same John had his ing, and great mourning, Rachel raiment of camels hair, and a weeping for her children, and leathern girdle about his loins ; would not be comforted, because and his meat was locusts and they are not

wild honey. 19 But, when Herod was 5 Then went out to him Jedead, behold, an angel of the rusalem, and all Judea, and all Lord appeareth in a dream to the region round about Jordan, Joseph in Egypt,

6 And were baptized of him 20 Saying, Arise, and take in Jordan, confessing their sins. the young child and his mother, 7 But when he saw many

of and go into the land of Israel : the Pharisees and Sadducees

to raise up children unto Abra- TH

Christ baptized :
MATTHEW,

His temptation come to his baptism, he said out of the water: and lo, the unto them, O generation of vi- heavens were opened unto him, pers, who hath warned you to and he saw the Spirit of God flee from the wrath to come ? descending like a dove, and

8 Bring forth therefore fruits lighting upon him: meet for repentance :

17 And lo, a voice from hea9 And think not to say within ven, saying, This is my beloved yourselves, We have Abraham Son, in whom I am well pleased. to our father: for I say unto you,

CHAP. IV.
that God is able of these stones Christ's fasting and temptation.

NHEN was Jesus led
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up

of ham.

the Spirit into the wilder10 And now also the axe is ness to be tempted of the devil. laid unto the root of the trees : 2 And when he had fasted therefore every tree which bring-forty days and forty nights, he eth not forth good fruit is hewn was afterwards a hungered. down, and cast into the fire. 3 And when the tempter came

11 I indeed baptize you with to him, he said, If thou be the water unto repentance: but he Son of God, command that these that cometh after me is mightier stones be made bread. than I, whose shoes I am not 4 But he answered and said, worthy to bear: he shall baptize It is written, Man shall not live you with the Holy Ghost, and by bread alone, but by every with fire :

word that proceedeth out of the 12 Whose fan is in his hand, mouth of God. and he will thoroughly purge

5 Then the devil taketh him his floor, and gather his wheat up into the holy city, and setinto the garner; but he will burn teth him on a pinnacle of the up the chaff with unquenchable temple, fire.

6 And saith unto him, If thou 13 T Then cometh Jesus from be the Son of God, cast thyGalilee to Jordan unto John, to self down, for it is written, He baptized of him.

hall give his angels charge con14 But John forbade him, say-cerning thee : and in their ing, I have need to be baptized hands they shall bear thee up, of thee, and comest thou to me? lest at any time thou dash thy

15 And Jesus answering said foot against a stone. unto him, Suffer it to be so now: 17 Jesus said unto him, It is for thus it becometh us to fulfil written again, Thou shalt not all righteousness. Then he suf- tempt the Lord thy God. fered him.

8 Again, the devil taketh him 16 And Jesus, when he was up into an exceeding high moun. baptized, went up straightway tain, and sheweth him all the

me.

lilee;

and victory:

CHAP. V. He beginneth to preach. kingdoms of the world, and the net into the sea; for they were glory of them,

fishers. 9 And saith unto him, All 19 And he saith unto them, these things will I give thee, if Follow me, and I will make you thou wilt fall down and worship fishers of men.

20 And they straightway left 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, their nets, and followed him. Get thee hence, Satan: for it is 21 And going on from thence, written, Thou shalt worship the he saw other two brethren, Lord thy God, and him only James the son of Zebedee, and shalt thou serve.

John his brother, in a ship with 11 Then the devil leaveth Zebedee their father, mending him, and behold, angels came their nets : and he called them. and ministered unto him.

22 And they immediately left 12 | Now, when Jesus had the ship, and their father, and heard that John was cast into followed him. prison, he departed into Ga 23 And Jesus went about all

Galilee, teaching in their syna13 And leaving Nazareth, he gogues, and preaching the goscame and dwelt in Capernaum, pel of the kingdom, and healing which is upon the sea-coast, in all manner of sickness, and ali the borders of Zabulon and manner of disease among the Nephthalim;

people. 14 That it might be fulfilled 24 And his fame went throughwhich was spoken by Esaias the out all Syria : and they brought prophet, saying,

unto him all sick people that 15 The land of Zabulon, and were taken with divers diseases the land of Nephthalim, by the and torments, and those which way of the sea, beyond Jordan, were possessed with devils, and Galilee of the Gentiles : those which were lunatic, and

16 The people which sat in those that had the palsy; and darkness, saw great light; and he healed them. to them which sat in the region 25 And there followed him and shadow of death, light is great multitudes of people from sprung up.

Galilee, and from Decapolis, 17 | From that time Jesus and from Jerusalem, and from began to preach, and to say, Judea, and from beyond Jordan. Repent; for the kingdom of

CHAP. V. heaven is at hand.

Who are the blessed.

, bre he went up into a mounthren, Simon called Peter, and tain: and when he was set, his Andrew his brother, casting a disciples came unto him,

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The salt of the earth.

MATTHEW,

Christ ertendeth the 2 And he opened his mouth, 15 Neither do men light a and taught them, saying, candle, and put it under a bush

3 Blessed are the poor in el, but on a candlestick : and it spirit: for theirs is the kingdom giveth light unto all that are in of heaven.

the house. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: 16 Let your light so shine for they shall be comforted. before men, that they may see

5 Blessed are the meek: for your good works, and glorify they shall inherit the earth.

your

Father which is in heaven. 6 Blessed are they which do 17 I Think not that I am come hunger and thirst after right- to destroy the law, or the proeousness: for they shall be filled. phets: I am not come to destroy,

7 Blessed are the merciful: for but to fulfil. they shall obtain mercy.

18 For verily, I say unto you, 8 Blessed are the pure in Till heaven and earth pass, one heart: for they shall see God. Ijot or one tittle shall in no wise

9 Blessed are the peace-ma-pass from the law, till all be fulkers : for they shall be called filled. the children of God.

19 Whosoever therefore shall 10 Blessed are they which are break one of these least compersecuted for righteousness' mandments, and shall teach sake: for theirs is the kingdom men so, he shall be called the of heaveri.

least in the kingdom of heaven: 11. Blessed are ye when men but whosoever shall do, and shall revile you, and persecute teach them, the same shall be you, and shall say all manner called great in the kingdom of of evil against you falsely, for heaven.

20 For I say unto you, That 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding except your righteousness shall glad: for great is your reward exceed the righteousness of the in heaven: for so persecuted scribes and Pharisees, ye shall they the prophets which were in no case enter into the king

dom of heaven. 13 | Ye are the salt of the 21 Ye have heard that it earth: but if the salt have lost was said by them of old time, his savour, wherewith shall it Thou shalt not kill; and whobe salted ? it is thenceforth good soever shall kill, shall be in for nothing, but to be cast out, danger of the judgment : and to be trodden under foot of 22 But I say unto you, That

whosoever is angry with his 14 Ye are the light of the brother without a cause, shall world. A city that is set on a be in danger of the judgment. hill cannot be hid.

land whosoever shall say to his

my sake.

before you.

men.

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