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Matthiw. Mark. Lukb. . Johh.

Chap. I.

60 And his mother answered, and laid, Not so -, but he stall be caUed John.

61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

« 62 And they made signs to

his father, how he would hare
him called.

6 3 And he asked for a writ-
ing-table, and wrote, faying,
His name is John. And they
marvelled all.

64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his congue linfed, and he spake, and praised God.

65 And sear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill-country os Judea.

66 And all they that had fc heard them, laid them up in

their hearts, saying, What

manner of child shall this be? •

and the hand of the Lord was

with him.

while his Mother who understood from her Husband what name was to be given him, pleaded that he should be named John, they oppos'd his being so call'd, because none of his Relations it appear'd had ever been of that name: not agreeing therefore about this matter, they enquir'd by Signs of Zacharias, who was still deaf and dumb, what name he would havt his Son call'd by. He by Signs presently order'd a writing Table to be brought him, took it, and wrote the name John upon it, which they all wonder'd at, it being custGmary to name Children after some one or other of their Ancestors.

Z.wh.triaf had no sooner written the name of his Son, but he instantly recover'd the former use both of his Ears and Tongue, and began to give thanks to God with a very audible Voice, which struck the Minds of all the Neighbors with the greatest wonder mixt with fear, and was divulg'd together with the other things I nave related concerning the Birth of John through all the hill Country oijudvt. So that it made a deep Impression upon every one's- Memory who heard it, and rais'd the expectation of all to observe What should attend this Child ; since such wonder

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Matthew. Mark. Lur*. • • John,


; 67 - And his father Zachaf ias was filled with the holy * Ghost, and prophesied, fay


48 Blessed be the Lord God

of Israel, for he hath visited

and redeemed his people, *

69 Afld 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 have been since the
world began -,

71 That we should be save*
• from our enemies, and from
> the hand of all that hate us.

72 To perform the mercy 'promised to our fathers, and to 1 remember his holy covenant:

7 a The oath which he sware
,- 1 to our father Abraham,

- 74 That he would grant un-
» to us, that we being delivered
'out of the hands of our ene-
mies, might serve him with-
'out sear,

75 In holiness and righte-
ousness before him, all the
1 .days of our life.

fTul things had preceded and follOrwd his Birth. His Father Zacbariaj, as was said, having recover'd his Speech, and being influene'd by the Holy Spirit, pronouried the following Prophecy: given to the great

• Creator of the Universe, whom the. Israelites adore •, because the time of

• their Deliverance by him approaches. He will shortly, raise up that King of the family of David (who so devoutly worfhip'd him heretofore; that .shall be

r the Saviour of his People, and who was many Ages agopromis'd us by the Pro■ phets. He shall deliver us from our Enemies, and all that hate us without cause. He will now bestow on us the favours he promis'd our Ancestors by the Cove> Mant be made with them, and the Oath by which he assur'd Abraham the Father « t©f our Nation, that the time should come in which we should be sav'd from the ■• fear of all oar Enemies,- to serve him freely, Joining Sanctity and Righteousness to 'wa religious Worship, through the whole course *f our And thee, O

.Child, CHAP. I. •


1 :6 And thou etuld (halt be

'Called the prophet of the

Highest: for thou shalt go be.

-fore the face of the Lord, to

.prepare his ways 5

77 To give knowledg of ^salvation unco his people, by .the remission of their fins,

78 Through the tender fliercy of our God; whereby »che day-spring from on high


79 To give light to* them 1 that sit in darkness, and in , the shadow of death, to guide

our feet into the way of , peace.

8c And the child grew,

and waxed strong in spirit,

and was in the deserts till

0 the day of his shewing -unto

• .. .Israel.

-'Child, fall shall esteem a Prophet of God, for thou {halt call the y«w to Repent. ance and a new Life, and so before Cmst .manifests himself to them (hall prepare

their Minds as 'tis meet to receive him. Thou shalt inform thy Countrymen that - their Salvation is at the door, and that if they turn to a holy course os Use God

will give them a remission of their Sins, seeing he is infinitely merciful, and .is

pleas'd to cause the new Light of Christy who will suddenly be sent from Heaven.

to arise, and enlighten us who have, been wandring in the mists of. Ignorance,, ana

direct us into the way of Salvation. As, the Child grew up, he improved in wisdom and strength of Mind beyond what

was common, and was mote frequently in Solitudes than Towns and Cities, until

he receiv'd his Commission from God to go. and preach Repentance, to bis Couatryt.wsn.

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Matthbw. . Mark. Lxjke. John.

Chap. I.

18 Now the birth of Jc- *& ^3 sus Christ was on this wife:

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 publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, laying, Joseph thou Ton of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wise: for

that which is conceived in her, ,

is of the holy Ghost.

21 And she shall bring forth

.a son, and thou shalt call his , .

name Jesus: fofhe shall save his people from their sins.


The Birth and Lineage of Christ.

■npo return now to Cmst: His Mother, as I said before, had promis'd marriage to ■*• Josephs who perceiv'd she was big with child before they had as yet coha•bited, which was effected by the power of the Holy Ghost, as had been foretold by the Angel, but was unknown to Joseph. However being of a meek and merciful disposition, he so much pitied her condition, that rie would not put her away publicity, so as to prodaim the reason of her dismission to her greatest infamy, but chose rather to cast her off privately, that her Reputation might suffer as little as possible. His mind being bulled in these matters, an Angel appear'd to him in a dream, and bid him not star to take Alary home to him for his Wife, telling him Ihe was not with child by any unlawful Act, but by an extraordinary operation of ^the Divine Power, and that lie should be deliver'd of a Son who should be nam'd Jesuit that is, a Saviour, because he should save the People of Judea, tho not from the Yoke of the Romans, yet from their Vices and Miseries, which was a matter of much V^iter concern to them.


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22 (Now all this was done, mat it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Eehold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is, God with us)

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son; and he called his name Jesus.


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1 A ND it came to pasi in
l\ those days,that there N

went out a decree frcm Ce-
sar Augustus, that all the
world should be taxed.

2 (And this raxing was
first made when Cyrenius
was governor of Syria)

Joseph being awak'd from his Dream, perceiv'd it had been sent by God; as well because Mary upon his enquiry, related to hirniwhat had happen'd to her jail after the fame manner as the Angel had told him in his sleep, as for other reason?. Upon this he took Mary to his house, but knew her not till (he was deliver'd of the Son she went with, conceiv'd in her Virginity; who when he was bom was nam'd Jestu. Which exactly agrees with that antient Prophecy of Jsaiah; Behold a Virgin ftall conceiveTand bear a Son, and //jail callhis name Emmanuel, that is, God with tu. In the mean time an Edict of Augustus was brought into Judea, by which he ordain'd, that a general Account sliould be taken of the number of the People, not only in the Provinces of the People of Rome, but also in those neighboring Kingdoms in which Kings were constituted by the Romans. This first Calculation of the number of the Jews, was made before the Tribute which was levied by P. Sulpkius Quirinus President 0/ Syria, aster Archelam was banisli'd, and Judea redue'dinto the


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