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26 And in the sixth month,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgins name wot Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and laid, Hail thou that art highly favoured, the Lord k with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when (he sew him, stie was troubled at his seying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the Angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
The Birth os Christ predicted by an Angel. The conversation of Mary and Elizabeth about it. The Birth of John the Baptist, and the Discourse of his Father Zacharias upon the recovery of his Speech.
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■CIX months after Elizdxth was with child, God sent the same Angel Gabriel •^ to Nazareth, a City of Galilee, to declare the like tidings to a Virgin whose name was Mary.- she was engag'd by Contract to one Joseph a man of a mean condition, but descended from the Family of King David. The Angel appear'd sud-denlyin the Room where Mary was, and thus saluted her : O happy Virgin whom God highly favors, on whom he will bestow singular Blessings, and whom all Nations shall call the happiest of Women ! Mary being very much surpriz'd with these words, made no Reply, but silently revolv'd in her mind what such a Salutation as this should mean, having never heard any thing before like it. The Angel .goes on: Be not afraid Mary, for God is gracious to thee; and be aflur'd thou
3i And behold, thou shalt
32 He shall be great, and
tfie house of Jacob for ever,
34 Then said Mary unto
3 5 And the angel answered, and said unto her, The holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son os God.
36 And behold, thy cousin Elizabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: . •_ and this is the sixth month with her,who was called barren.
(halt conceive immediately, and bring forth a Son whom thou (halt name JESUS.. He (ball receive great Power from God, and be call'd his Son on a most peculiar account. He (ball possess the Throne of David, from whose Family he derives his Birth. He shall reign over the Israelites, as his Ancestors have done, but there shall be- no end ot his Empire j whereas the Kingdom of David and his Successors endrrf'd only for a few Ages. Mary upon hearing this made answer, that she did not comprehend how she should immediately become with Child, seeing she was as yet a. Virgin. But, lays the Angel, thou shalt be impregnated by the Divine Power,., withost the concourse of a Man •, and therefore that most Holy Son thou shalt bear, stall deservedly fce call'd the Son of God, by them that come to understand this matter. And that thou may est know that what I tell thee sliall come to pass, I am to'acquaint, thee that thy Cousin ElizsibetL who (as thou very well knowest) has kmg-been old, and destitute of all hope of having Children, has also by the power of God'beeu made to conceive six months ago j nor can any thing be suppose! too
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37 For with God nothing (hall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid or' the Lord, be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hillcountrey with haste, into a city of Juda,
40 And entred into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth.
41 And it came to pals, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb: and Elizabeth was filled with the holy Ghost.
42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed it .the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence k this to me, that the mother of my 'Lord should come to me?
"ford for-God to do if he pleases. When the Angel had said this, Mary replied, that (he was ready to submit to the Divine Commands whatever they were, and that she did not doubt of the aecomplistiment of what he had predicted to her. Upon which the Angel disappears.
Soon after this, Mary went in great haste from Nazareth towards a City of the Hill Country of J/tctta, where Elizabeth dwelt,, to give her a Visit, who was now big with Child, as the Angel had declar'd to her. She was no iboner arriv'd, and had saluted Elizabeth as (lie enter'd into the house of Zacbariasy but the Child Elizabeth went with began to spring in her Womb after an unusual manner •, and immediately the Mother, inspir'd and instructed by the Holy Spirit of what had happen'd to Mary} broke forth into these Expressions: O thou most blessed of all Women ! and O incomparably happy Son whom thou carriest in thy Womb! But how comes it to pass that I should be so highly honoured to have the Mother
-of Christ my Lord come first to vrsit me? for.no sooner did the Voice of thy Salutation
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44 For lo, assoon as the
45 And blessed H (he that
4$ And Mary said, My soul doth rslagnifie the Lord,
47 And my spirit hath rcJoyced in God my Saviour.
4? For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for behold, from henceforth all generations (halt call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hatn done to me great things, and holy it his name.
50 And his mercy it on them that fear him, from generation to generation.
i 1 He hath (hewed strength with his arm, he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
lutatibn strike my ears, but my Child leap'd within me, as if he too had know*' that the Mother of the Messiah, big with that happy Burden, was present. Blessed art thou who hast believ'd in God! for whatever has been foretold thee (hall be accomplished •, nor (bait thou suffer any punishment as my Husband doth for his doubting, having been struck dumb for several months. To which Mary with * pious emotion 0 Mind thus replied: I have reason to extol the Power and Goodnets of God with the highest praises I can offer, and to conceive the greatest joy imaginable on the account of those uncommon favors I have receive from the hand of God, who has continually deliver'd me from all Evils. He has notdefpis'd my low Condition, since he does not disdain that Christ shall be bom of me. For this all Generations to come 11ia.ll call me blessed. These are great And wonderful Blessings indeed, which God has confer'd on me, who as he is most holy, so his Merey and Bounty will never fail to manifest their Effects on them who strictly observe his Laws. . His Power performs the greatest things by Persons of a low and abject Condition, and frustrates the attempts of the Proud and Mighty, tho never so prudently concerted. He throws down Princes when he
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59 He hath filled the him-
54 He hath holpen his servant Ifrael, in remembrance os hit mercy;
55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.
5 6 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
57 Now Elizabeths full time came, that (he should be
• delivered; and she brought
forth a son.
58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her, and they rejoyced with her.
59 And it came to pass that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child -, and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
pleases from their Thrones, and makes the Poor and Mean succeed 'em. He heaps Plenty upon the Indigent, and spoils the Rich of the Wealth that made 'em proud. He always defends the Israelites who are devoted to his Worship, and renews to them those former Blessings with which he promis'd to favor Abraham and his Posterity.
Thus Mary at that time exprefs'd her self-, and continued three months with her Cousin, after which the time of Elizabeth's Travel approaching, she return'd home.
When Elizabeth's time was come, she wasdeliver'd of a Son, as the Angel had promise!. Her Neighbors and Kindred hearing how gracious God had Been to Oer, came to congratulate her Happiness, and visited her especially on the eighth) day, when the Child was to be circumcis'd according to the Custom of the Jews-.. This being pei form'd, they call'd. him after bis Father's name, Zacharias \ and