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20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou Son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: 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 :10 for he shall save his people from their "sins.

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

23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his namell 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 begotten. A.V. 10 Heb. Saviour. A.V. 11 his name shall be called. A.V. 2 LUKE, i. 35: The words under ver. 18.

a Luke, i. 31: Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

• Acts, iv. 12: Neither is there salvation in there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. do. v. 31: Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. do. xii. 23,38: of this man's seed hath God

according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins.

c Isa. vii. 14 : The Lord himself shall give you a sign, behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

a John, i. 14: And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 1 Tim. iii. 16: Great is the mystery of godliness ; God was manifest in the flesh.



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forth her first-born son: and he called his name JESUS.

CHAP. II. T'he wise men out of the east are directed to Christ by a star.

!! They worship him, and offer their presents. 14 Joseph fleeth into Egypt, with Jesus and his mother. 16 Herod slayeih the children : 20 himself dieth. 23 Christ is brought back again into Galilee to Nazareth.

NOW when Jesus was born in before the cominon account called Ay. Bethlehem of Judæa in the days 110 Domini. of Herod the king, behold there came wise men' from the 'east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, "Where is he that is born king of the

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Exod. xiii. 2: Sanctify unto me all the first-born, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast it is mine. Luke, ii. 7, 21: And she brought forth her first-born son.--And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

CHAP. II. a Luke, ii. 6,7: And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Gen, x. 30 : And their dwelling was from Mesha, (viz. the sons of Joktan, the son of Eber,] as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east. do. xxv. 6: Unto the sons of the concubines which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward unto the east-country. 1 Kings, iv. 30: And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east-country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

Zec. ix. 9: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an Jews ? for we have seen his "star in the east, and are come to worship him.

upon à colt the foal of an ass. LUKE, ii. 11: Unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

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3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 And when he had gathered all the Chief Priests and 'Scribes of the people stogether, he "demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judæa: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6 'And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda : for out of thee shall come a "Governor, that shall rulemy people Israel.

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d Num. xxiv. 17: There shall.come a star out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. Isa. lx. 3: The Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

e 2 Chr. xxxvi. 14: Moreover, all the chief priests and the people transgressed very much.

f1 Chr. xxiv. 6: Shemaiah the son of Nathanael the scribe, one of the Levites, wrote them before the king. 2 CHR. xxxiv. 13: Of the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and porters. 1 MAC. v. 42: Now when Judas came near the brook, he caused the scribes of the people to remain by the brook. do. vii. 12: Then did assemble unto Alcimus and Bacchides, a company of scribes, to require justice.

& Ps. ii. 2: The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed.

h Mal. ii. 7: The priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth.

i Mic. v. 2: But thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me, that is to be ruler in Israel : whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. John, vii. 42: Hath not the scripture said, that Christ cometh out of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

k Col. i. 18: He is the head of the body, the church ; who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in all things he might have the pre-eminence. Rev. ii. 27 : And he

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7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and 'search diligently for the young child ; and when ye have found him, "bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the


child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy:

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 "gifts ; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

12 And being warned of God4 in a °dream that

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shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers.

"Job, v. 12: He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprize. m 2 Sam. xv. 7: Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee

and pay my vow which I have vowed unto the LORD in Hebron. 1 KINGS, xxi.9 : She wrote in letters, saying, proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. Pro. xxvi. 24, 25: He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not; for there are seven abominations in his heart.

." Ps. Ixxii. 10: The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents : The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Isa. Ix. 6: The multitude of camels shall cover thee : the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah : all they from Sheba shall come : they shall bring gold and incense, and they shall show forth the praises of the LORD.

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they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13 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 flee into Egypt, and be 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:

15 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 son.

16 | Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked" of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew 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,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel

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p Job, xxxiii. 14, 15, 17 : God speaketh-In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed ; That he may withdraw man from his purpose.

9 Hos. xi. 1: When Israel was a child then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

r* VER. 13. 22. PRO. xxi. 30: There is no wisdom, derstanding, nor counsel against the LORD.

8 JER. xxxi. 15: Thus saith the Lord, a voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping : Rachel weeping for her children, refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

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