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11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the P altar of incense.

12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias : for thy prayer is heard ; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

15 For he shall be 'great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong stood at the altar, having a golden censor; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

P Exod. xxx. 1: Thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon.

9 JUD'G. vi. 22: And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O LORD God! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face. do. xiii. 22: And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God. DAN. x. 8: Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and. I retained no strength. LUKE, ii. 9: And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them : and they were sore afraid. Acts, X. 4: And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it Lord ? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. Rev. i. 17 : And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last.

Ver. 60, 63. s Ver. 58. * LUKE, vii. 28 : For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater

prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

Num. vi. 3: He (the Nazarite] shall separate himself from

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drink ; and he shall be filled with the Ghost, even from his mother's womb.

16 w And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

17 And he shall go before him in the 'spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the 'wisdom of the just ; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.8

with those of the children. Dod. ? by the wisdom. A. V. & make the people ready for the Lord. Ma. wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine

, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes or dried. Judg. xii. 4: Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing. Luke, vii

. 33 : For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.

Jer. 1.5: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee ; and before thou camest forth out of the womb, 1 sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Gali. 15: Who separated me, from my mother's womb.

w Mal. iv. 5,6: Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord, And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. * MAL. iv. 4: Remember ye the law of Moses my servant

, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel

, with the statutes and judgments. Mat. xi. 14: If ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

Mark, ix. 12: Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things.

z Ecclus. xlviii. 10: Who wast ordained for reproofsto turn the heart of the father unto the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.

Ps. cxi. 10: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments : his praise endureth for ever.

b1 Per. ii. 9: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people ; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

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18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this ? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.'

19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God j and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings.

20 And, behold, thou shalt be 'dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

9 is of a great age. Gen. Gen. xv. 8: [Abram) said, LORD God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

à Gen. xvii. 17: Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old ? And shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear ?

e Dan. viii. 16: Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. do. ix. 21–23: The man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning. And he informed me, and talked with

me, and said, Ở Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to show thee ; for thou art greatly beloved : therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision. MAT. xviii. 10: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of Father which is in heaven. Heb. i. 14: Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation ?

fEzek. j. 26: I will make thy tongue cleave to thy mouth, and thou shalt be dumb. do. xxiv. 27 : Thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb, and thou shalt be a sign unto them, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

& Gen. xviii. 13: The LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old ? Num. xx. 12: And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel ; therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

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22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them : and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple : for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration 10 were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,

25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked" on me, to 'take away my reproach among men.

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 To a virgin kespoused 12 to a man whose

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h 2 Kings, xi. 5 : A third part of you that enter in on the
sabbath. i Chr. ix. 25: Their brethren--were to come after
seven days from time to time with them.
i Gen. xxx. 23: And she conceived, and bare a son ; and said

God hath taken away my reproach. 1 SAM. i. 6: And her
adversary also proveked her sore, for to make her fret, because
the LORD had shut up her womb. Isa. iv. 1: In that day seven
women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our
own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called

. , , barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry

aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are
the children of the desolate than the children of the married
wife, saith the Lord. Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed:
neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame:
for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not re-
member the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

k Mar. i. 18: The birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise;
as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph. Luke, ii

4, 5: And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city
of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called
Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of Da:
vid :) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great
with child.

name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, 'Hail, thou that art highly13 mfavoured, the Lord is with thee : "blessed art thou among women.

29 And when she saw him, she was otroubled at his saying, 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 Pfound favour with God.

31 And, behold, thou shalt 'conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and 'shalt call his name JESUS. 32 'He shall be great, and shall be called the

13 graciously accepted, or, much graced; see ver. 30. A.V. Dan. ix. 23.: Thou art greatly beloved. do. x. 19 : O man, greatly beloved.

m Gen. xxviii. 15: Behold I am with thee, and will keep thee (Jacob] in all places whither thou goest. JUDG. vi. 12: And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. Ruth, ii. 4: Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee.

n JUDG. v. 24: Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be. LUKE, xi. 27, 28: A certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

. Ver. 12.

P Gen. vi. 8: Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. do. xviii. 3: [Abraham] said, My LORD, if now I have found favour in thy sight.

9 ISA. vii. '14: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Mat. i. 21 : She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus. Gal. iv. 4: When the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman.

*Luke, ii. 21.

s Mat. xxviii. 18: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.

Mark, v. 7: What have I do with thee, Jesus, thou Son



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