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Chap. ii.

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 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 childs life.

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

much more antient j A voice was heard in Rama, lamentation, and bitter weeping: Rachel weeping for her Children, refused to be comforted, because they were not; for Rama is not far from Bethlehem, and the Sepulchre of Rachel is in a Field belonging to this Town.

Not long after Herod died ; of which Joseph was inform'd by the Angel, who told him withal, that he was to return to his own Country, where he might be now without danger, since Herod was dead, who sought after the Life of Jesus. Joseph accordingly with his Wife and her Son return'd into Palestine.


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Before Christ according tttbe Vulgar Æra, 3.



22 But when he heafd 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 rurned 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 (hall be called a Nazaicne.

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The second year os Christ. Joseph returns into Judea, in the reign of Archelaus, And fettles At Nazareth A City of Galilee.

ctOfeth being upon his return home, was very much afraid when he heard that J Archelaus had succeeded his Father Herod in the Kingdom of Judea, but being reminded of his Duty by the Angel, in a Dream, he pursued his Journey till he came to Nazareth, a City of Galilee, in which he had sojourn'd formerly. This Tpart of the Country was by Aitguflui's Order, under the Government of Her odes Antipas, and not of Archelaus, according to the last Will of his Father, Herod the "Great: And thus was fulsil'd a Prophecy current among the Jews, that the Mcffiah '•should be call'd a Nax.arene.


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K* £5* 40 And the child grcw.and *tJl

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

41 Now his parents went
to Jerusalem every year at the
feast os the passover.

42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, after the custom of the feast.

, 42 And when they had

fulfilled the days, as they re-
turned, the child Jesus tarried
behind in Jerusalem; and Jo-
seph and his mother knew not
of it.

44 But they supposing him:
to have been in the company,
went a days journey,and they
sought him among their kins-
folk and acquaintance.

45 And when they found him not, they turned back again toJerusalem,seeking him.


The twelfth year of Christ, his Childhood and Touth.

y^J HIL E the Child grew up at Naz.areth, the favour of God towards him was A-jtTyr°5aS?bie,llth? wonderful Progress he.daily made in Wisdom, and a itedraftnefl of Mind. In the izth year of his Age, when his reputed Parents, Joseph and Mary, went to Jerusalem, being oblig'd by the Mosaic Law to repair thither once every year for the celebrating of the Passover, Jesus went along with tnem. The festival days being ended, and Joseph and Mary upon their return to JVanaretb, with many others who were going thither also, they thought Jesus had been with tome one or other of their acquaintance ; but having made one days Journey, and not finding him among any of their Relations and Friends, they vfrent back to Jerusalem to look after him. Now Jesus continued at Jerusalem,

F where Chap. H.

45 And it came to pass,that aster three days they found .him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them.and asking them questions.

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother laid 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?

wist ye not that I must be a-
bout my fathers business?

50 And they understood
not the saying which he spake
Unto them.

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

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and siature, and in

. favour with God and man.

where Joseph and Mary, after three days search for him. at last found him in the outer Court of the Temple, in the midst of the Doctors, hearing them, and putting • Questions to them; who were all astonilh'd at the great Wisdom that wa9 eminently conspicuous in every thing he find. Joseph and Mary also wonder'd why he had withdrawn himself, and were no less furpriz'd at their now finding him in the Temple. Then laid his Mother to him, Son. wherefore didst thou leave us? Thy Father and I have been extremely concern'*! for thee, and have sought thee these three days with great Anxiety and Grief. But Jeswi who already knew, by a Divine Revelation, what Office he was to enter upon when he mould be more adVanc'd in years, made her this answer: You bad no reason to be thus sblliritous, and you might have known before now, that die time will shortly come when I shall be intirely employ'd in my Father's business. But they conld not comprehend his . aulwer, not knowing he talk'd to 'em of his heavenly Father, and the preaching of the Gospel. Nevertheless, he went back with them to Nazareth, and was, as before, obedient to them: But his Mother diligently obferv'd him, and was particularly mindful of every thing he laid and did. Jrsui in the mean time grew up in Stature, and made wonderful improvements in his Understanding, being highly favour'd dby God, and extoll'd by all that knew him. '.CHAP.


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iVTOW iathefifLN oeenth year of the reign of Tiberia* Cclar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Ga!ikc,and his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea, and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lyfanias the tetrarch of Abilene,

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

3 And he came into all the countrey about Jordan,preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

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The Preaching of John the Baptist, concerning Repentance AndthKjag* Aom of Heaven, in, the nine and twentieth year of Christ. ^

TN the fifteenth year of the Proconsular Authority of Tiberiiu Cesar, when Pottti* M Pdate was Governor of Judea, with the title of Procurator, and the twenty eighth year after Hcrodes A»tip*s\xi& been constituted Tetrarch of Galilee, his BtothjrPhrfip being also> Tetrarch of It sea and Trachomris, and Lyfania* ofAbilene \ Annas and CaiaphM being jointly high Priests among the Jews: John the Son of Z** cb.trias, who was then retir'd in the Deserts, was commanded by God to go to the Jrn>s. and m his name to declare to them the necessity of a Reformation, and a holy Lite, in as much as th* Kingdom of the Messiah was at hand. He enter'd upon

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