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the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the
55 fathers) he might remember his mercy to Abraham, and to
his seed, for ever.” And Mary abode with Elisabeth about three months, and retarned to her own house. Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. And her neighbours and her kindred heard that the Lord had shown great mercy toward her; and they rejoiced with her. And it came to pass on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and would have called him Zachariah, after the name of his father. But his mother spake, and said, “ Not so; but he shall be called John.” And they said unto her, “There is none among thy hindred that is called by this name.” Then they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And he beckoned for a writing-tablet, and wrote, saying, “ His name is John.” And all wondered. And forthwith his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and blessed God. And fear came on all who dwelt round about them: and all these things
were reported throughout all the mountainous country of Judea. And all those that heard them, laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be ** And the band of the Lord was with him.
And his father Zachariah was filled with the holy spirit, and prophesied, saying, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for be hath regarded, and wrought redemption for his people; and bath raised up an born of salvation for us, in the bouse of his servant David; (as he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, that have been from ancient times;) even salvation from our enemies, and from the band of all that bate us ; to perform the work of mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his boly covenant; according to the oath which he sware to our father Abraham, that he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, should serve him without fear, by holiness and
righteousness before him, all our days.
“And thou, child, shalt be called a prophet of the Most High : for thou shall go before the face of the Lord, to prepare his ways ; to give knowledge of salvation to his people, by remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, by which the day-spring hath visited us, to shine from on high upon" those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
And the child grew, and was strengthened in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his public appearance to Israel.
Ch. II. Now it came to pass in those days, that there went out
a decree from Cesar Augustus, that all the earth should be enrolled. (This was the first enrolment of Cyrenius, afterward governor of Syria.) And all went to be enrolled, every one to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, (because he was of the
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5 house and family of David.) to be enrolled with Mary his
espoused wife, who was great with child. And it came to pass that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first-born son, and swathed him, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, and keeping night-watches over their flock. And, bebold, an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they feared greatly. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not : for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all the
11 people: for unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a
saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign unto you : ye will find a swathed babe lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the beavenly host, praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heavens, and on earth peace, good-will toward men.” And it came to pass, when the angels were gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to
16 pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.” And they
went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they declared what had been told them concerning this child. And all that beard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things in memory, considering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things which they had beard and seen, as it had been told them. And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus; the name given to him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the days of their purification were accomplished,
according to the law of Moses, his parents brought him to 23 Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (as it is written in the law of the Lord: “Every male, who first openeth the 24 womb, shall be called holy to the Lord;”) and to offer a sacrifice, according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtle-doves, or two young pigeons. 25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and religious, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the holy spirit was upon him. 26. And it was revealed to him by the holy spirit, that he should 27 not see death before he had seen the Lord's Anointed. And be came by the spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the 28 custom of the law, Simeon took him up in his arms, and 29 blessed God, and said, “O sovereign Lord, now lettest thou 30 thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine 31 eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before 32 the face of all people; a light to be revealed to the gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” 33 And his father and mother wondered at those things which 34 were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them; and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel; and for a sign which will be 35 spoken against; (yea a sword will pierce through thine own soul also ;) so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.” 36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher: (she was far advanced in years, and had lived with an husband seven years from her 37 virginity; and she was now a widow of about eighty-four years, who departed not from the temple, but served God with 38 fastings and prayers might and day :) she also came upon them at the same time, and gave thanks to the Lord, and spake of the child to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. 39 . And when they had performed all things according to the law
of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
And the child grew and was strengthened [in spirit, being filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when be was twelve years old, after they had gone up [to Jerusalem] according to the custom of the feast, and had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew it not : but having supposed him to have been in the company, they went a day's journey; and they sought bin among their kindred and acquaintance: and when they found him not, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both bearing then and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when his parents saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, “ Child, why hast thou done thus unto us * behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.” And be said unto them, “How is it that ye sought me? knew ye not that I must needs be in my Father's bouse 2" But they understood not the thing which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazaretb, and was subject to them : and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.
Ch. III. Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Ce
sar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being highpriests, the word of God came to John, the son of Zachariah, in the desert. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance,