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enly light him. , Frankincense to acquaidream noi bronight long
ing that when they had found him, he would come and worship him himself too as became him. When the King had dismiss'd them, they went towards Bethlehem ; and as they were on their way, the fame Star they had seen in Arabia began to appear to 'em again, and went before 'em conducting 'em to the place where Jesus was. When they saw it they were transported with joy; and entring the House over which this heavenly Light stood, they found the Child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worship'd him. After which they offer'd the Presents they had brought with them, which were Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.
Now when they were about to return to Herod, to acquaint him they had found the Child they told him of, they were warn'd by God in a dream not to go back to him : and therefore lest they hould be stop'd in their journey, and brought be fore Herod, they speedily return'd into their own Country by a different way from what they came.
By this time, forty days (which is the time of separation the Law requires for a Woman when deliver'd of a male Child) were expir'd ; therefore after the Wise men were gone into Arabia, Fofeph and Mary went together to Jerusalem, to present the Child to God according to the Custom, and to pay the usual sum of five Shekels for his Redemption; for by the Law of the Hebrews all the first-born Males are accounted facred to God, and therefore were to be redeem'd at the rate constituted by the Law. By which Law a pair of turtle Doves or Pigeons, instead of the five Shekels, was requir'd of the poorer Women after their lying in, as an offering for their purification, which Mary accordingly presented. " There was at that time at Jerusalem, a certain religious and holy Person, nam'd Simeon, who was then in expectation of the Meffiab: this man was sometimes prophetically inspir'd, and it had been reveal'd to him by the Holy Ghost, that he Ihould live till he had seen him whom God had promis'd to send to be a King and deliverer of the Jews. 'Twas the divine Impulse that brought this “good man into the Temple at the fame time that Joseph and Mary were dedicating the Infant Jelus,
There was also at that time in Jerusalem one. Anna the Daughter of Phanuel of the. Tribe of Afer, who was sometimes prophetically inspir'd. She was fourscore years of Age, and had been long time a Widow, having been but once (married, and had liv'd but seven years with her Husband : She was often in the Temple, and devoutly worship’d God with frequent fastings and prayers; and being allo at this time in the Temple, it was reveal'd to her by the Holy Spirit, that the Child Jesus was he whom they expected for a deliverer of the Jedos. This the divulg'd among all the religious Inhabitants of Jerusalem, assuring them she had actually seen the Meliah they were at this time in expectation of.
After the departure of the Magi (or Wife men) Jofeph and Mary being together at Ferufalem, the Angel of God appear'd to Joseph in a Dream, commanding him
with the little Child and his Mother, to retire immediately into Egypt (which had • been lately reduc'd under the form of a Roman Province) and there to stay till it
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thou there until I bring thee word : for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14 When he arose, he cook the young child and his mother' by night, and departed into Egypt;
15 And was there uncil che death of Herod : that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called niy son.
16 Then Herod when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and flew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise-men.
17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,