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weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19 F But when Herod was dead, before the common account called behold, an angel of the Lord appear

eth 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 child's life.

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

22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judæa in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither : notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned 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 shall be called a "Nazarene.


Exod. iv. 19: And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, go, return into Egypt ; for all the men are dead which sought thy life.

“Mat. iii. 13. Luke, ii. 39: And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

John, i. 45: Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, we have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

"Numb. vi. 13; And this is the law of the Nazarite, when the days of his separation are fulfilled : he shall be brought unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. JUDG, xiii. 5: For lo, thou shalt conceive and bear a son, and no razor shall come on his head : for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb : and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. 1 Sam. i. 11: And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. Amos, ii. 10-12 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you

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CHAP. III. 1 John preacheth: his office : life, and baptisn. 7 He reprehendeth

the Pharisees, 13 and baptizeth Christ in Jordan. A. D. 26. IN those days came a John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judæa,

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The 'voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a "leathern girdle about his loins; forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite. And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O


children of Israel ? saith the LORD. But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not. Acts, xxiv. 5: For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ring-leader, of the sect of the Nazarenes.

CHAP. III. a Mark, i. 4: John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance, for the remission of sins. Luke, iii. 2: The word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

b Jos. xiv. 10: The LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. John, i. 28: These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing

Dan. ii. 44: In the days of these things shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed : and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Mat. iv. 17: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. do. x. 7: And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

" See on MARK, i. 3.

* 2 Kings, i. 8. He [Elijah] was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. Zec. xiii. 4. Neither shall

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and his meat was 'locusts and wild "honey.

5 Then "went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judæa, and all the region round about Jordan,

6 And were 'baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

7. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, "O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the 'wrath to come? they (the Prophets] wear a rough garment to deceive. Mat, xi.8: But what went ye out for to see ? A man clothed in soft raiment ? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. Mark, i. 6: John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins ; and he did eat locusts and wild honey.

Lev. xi. 22: Even these of them ye may eat: the locust after his kind.

$ 1 Sam. xiv. 25, 26: And all they of the land came to a wood, and there was honey upon the ground. And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped.

" MARK, 1. 5: There went out unto him, all the land of Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

Acts, i.5: For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. do. ii. 38: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins

, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. do. xix. 4,18: Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him that should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. Many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their

* Isa. lix. 5: They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. MAT. xii. 34: O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things ? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. do. xxiii. 33 : Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell! LUKE, iii. 7-9.

Jer. li. 6: Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul ; be not cut off in her iniquity, for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence. Rom. v.9: Much more then, being now justified


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9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have "Abraham to our father : for I

you, that God is able of these stones to raise


children unto Abraham.

10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees : therefore oevery tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 11 I indeed 'baptize you with water unto re

I answerable to amendment of life. A. V. by_his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. I'Thes. i. 10: And to wait for his son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Christ Jesus, which hath delivered us from the wrath to come. m LUKE, iii. 8: Bring forth fruits therefore worthy of repent

Acts, xxvi. 20: Shewed—that they should repent and turn to God; and do works meet for repentance.

n Mat. viii. 11: Many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. John, viii. 33, 39 : They answered him, we be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, ye shall be made free ? Abraham is our father. Acts, xiii. 26: Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. Rom. iv. 1, 11, 16: What shall

say that Abraham, our father as pertaining the flesh, hath found'? And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised ; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also : Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all.

• See on Mat. vii. 19.

p Isa. iv. 4: When the LORD shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof, by the spirit

of judgment, and the spirit of burning. do. xliv. 3: I will pour water on him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine

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pentance : but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear : he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

12 'Whose fan? is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and 'gather his wheat

? wintowing-cloth. Wi. offspring. Mal. iii. 2: But who may abide the day of his coming ? and who shall stand when he appeareth ? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap. Mark, i. 8: I indeed have baptized you with water; but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost

. Luke, iii. 16: John answered, saying to them all, I indeed baptize you with water ; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose : he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. John, i. 15, 26: John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This is he of whom I spake, he that cometh after me, is preferred before me, for he was before me. John answered them, saying, I baptize with water; but there standeth one among you whom you know not. do. vii. 38, 39: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the spirit, which they that believe on him, should receive; for the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) Acts, i.5: John truly baptized with water ; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. do. ii. 4: They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. do. xi. 16: Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. do. xix. 4: Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him that should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 1 Cor. xii. 13: For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. Gal

. iv. 6: Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the spirit of his son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father. Titus, iii. 6. According to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.

?MAL. iii. 3: And he shall sit as a refiner of silver: and he that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousshall purify the Sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, Dess. LUKE, iii. 17. 'Job. xxi, 18: They are

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