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5> When they had heard the king, they departed ; and lo, the star which they saw in the east, went befcre them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

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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 him gists •, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

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

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 Jefa was. "When they law it they were transported with joy •, and entringthe 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 ofrer'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 should be stop'd in their Journey, and brought before Herod, they speedily return'd into their own Country by a different way from what they came.

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her purification according to
the law of Moses, were accom-
plished, they brought him to
Jerusalem, to present him to
the Lord,

22 (as it is written in the
law of the Lord, Every male
that openeth the womb shall
be called holy to the Lord)

24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law os the Lord, A pair of turtle-doves, or two young pigeons.

2$ And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon •, and the lane man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the holy Ghost was upon him.

16 And it was revealed unto him by the holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lords Christ.

27 And he came by the spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in

By this time, forty days (which is the time of separation the Law requires for 4 Woman when deliver'd of a male Child) were expir'd ; therefore after the Wife men were gone into Arabia, Joseph and Mary went together to Jerusalem, to preterit the Ghild 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 acconnted sacred 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 Alary 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 Mefiah.- this man was sometimes prophetically inspir'd, and it had been reveal'd to him by the Holy Ghost, that he should live till he had seen him whom God had promis'd to fend 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 Jesus,

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the child Jesus, to do for him
after the custom of the law,

28 Then took he him up
in his arms, and blessed God,
and said,

29 Lord, now latest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word.

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation:

31 Which thou hast prepared before die face of all people:

32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and die glory of thy people Israel.

33 And Joseph and his 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 a* gainst:

3j (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

according to the institution of the Law. He took the Child in his arms, and embracing him, thus began to express his thanks to God : Tis now, O Lord, that thou makest me sensible I am shortly to expect a blessed period of my Life, since according to thy promise thou hast at last permitted me to behold him who is to be the Saviour of the World. Joseph and Mary were amazed at those great things which were foretold ofjeftu. But Simeon having blessed them also, and looking stedfastly on the Mother of the Child, he thus continued : This is he wher shall bring over many of the Jews to a stricter course of Life, tho his Doctrine ihall be variously receiv'd among them, seeing it will be most chearfully embrae'd by the sincere professors of Religion, while mere pretenders only shall as obstinately reject it. In which conflict of the disagreeing Jim. he lhall suffer what will cause no less pain and anguish to thee, than if thou thy self hadst a Sword struck through thee.

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i 3 And when they were «\^ departed,behold,the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and rite into Egypt, and be

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1,6 And there was one Anna a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Afer; she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity:

37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and sour years: which departed not from the temple, but served God with sittings and prayers nighr and day.

38 And she coming in at that instant,gave thanks, likewise unto theLord,and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

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There was also at that time in Jerusalem ant Anna the Daughter of Phanuel of the. Tribe of Afer, who was sometimes prophetically infpir'd. She was fourscore years of Age, and had been lone time a Widow, having been but once married, and had liv'd but seven years with her Husband: She was often in the Temple, ana devoutly worfliip'd God with frequent fastings and prayers •, and being also at this time iiv 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 thtjevos. This stiedivulg'd among all the religious Inhabitants of Jerusalem, assuring them [he had actually seen the Messiah they were at this time in expectation of.

After the departure of the Magi (or Wife men) Joseph and Mary being together at Jerusalem, 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 redue'd under the form of a Roman Province) and. there to stay till ic

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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 took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt;

1 < 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 have I called my sen.

16 Then Herod when he , saw that he was mocked of • the wife 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 wife-men.

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

should be reveal'd to him when to return into Judea, because Herod would shortly seek after Jesus with design to kill hirri, lest hereafter he should deprive his Posterity of the kingdom. Joseph obey'd without delay, and accordingly with Mary and her Son retir'd into Egypt, where they remain'd some months, till after the death of Herod they were recal'd by the Angel; to which may very aptly be applied what God is represented saying, concerning the Hebrew Nation, by the Prophet Hosea, chap. 11. ver. 1. I call'd my Son out of Egypt. Several days being elaps'd without any tidings from the Wife men, who were gone to Bethlehem, but fix miles distant from Jerusalem, Herod at last perceiv'd he was deluded by them. Full of rage hereupon, suspecting that the Jews might conceal the Child, and fearing an Insurrection in favour of the new-born King, he sent Soldiers to Bethlehem, with orders to put to death all die male-children that had been born there the two last years, lest that Child Ihould escape whom the Wise men had foretold should be King of Judea. For he had made diligent enquiry after the time the Star first appear'd, from whence he concluded that the Child, whosoever he were, must necessarily have been born within the.two last years. Concerning this -Massacre may be justly said what Jeremiah the Prophet speaks, chap.^i, 15. of one

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