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MATTHEW. MARK, LUKE. JOHN. - CAAP. I, 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 highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled 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 found 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 Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his Father Dawid: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man : 35 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 of God. 36 And behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be

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it unto me according to thy word.
And the angel departed from

§ 5. Mary visits Elisabeth.

39 And Mary arose in those
days, and went into the hill-
country with haste, into a city of
40 And entered into the house
of Zacharias, and saluted Elisa-
41 And it came to pass that
when Elisabeth heard the saluta-
tion of Mary, the babe leaped in
her womb : and Elisabeth was
filled with the Holy Ghost.
42 And she spake out with a
loud voice, and said, Blessed art
thou among women, and blessed
is the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence is this to me,
that the mother of my Lord
should come to me?
44. For lo, as soon as the voice
of thy salutation sounded in mine
ears, the babe leaped in my
womb for joy.
45 And blessed is she that be-
lieved: for there shall be a per-
formance of those things which
were told her from the Lord.
46 And Mary said, My soul
doth magnify the Lord,
47 And my spirit hath rejoic-
ed in God my Saviour.
48 For he hath regarded the
low estate of his handmaiden:
for behold, from henceforth all
generations shall call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hath ,
done to me great things; and
holy is his name.

* Place.....A city in the mountainous parts of Judea,



so And his mercy is on them that fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He hath shewed strength with his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy. 55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. 56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and return- | ed to her own house. |

§ 6. john the Baptist is born.

57. Now Elisabeth’s full time
came, that she should be deliver-
ed: and she brought forth a
58 And her neighbours and
her cousins heard how the Lord
had shewed great mercy upon
her; and they rejoiced 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.
60 And his mother answered
and said, Not so ; but he shall
be called John.
61 And they said unto her,
There is none of thy kindred that
is called by this name.

* Time...Six months before the birth of Christ.


62 And they made signs to his
father how he would have him
63. And he asked for a writ-
ing table, and wrote, saying, his
name is John. And they marvel-
led all.
64 And his mouth was opened
immediately, and his tongue loos-
ed, and he spake and praised
65 And fear came on all that
dwelt round about them : and
all these sayings were noised
abroad throughout all the hill-
country of Judea.
66 "And all they that had
heard them, laid them up in their
hearts, saying, What manner of
child shall this be ' And the hand
of the Lord was with him.
67 And his father Zacharias
was filled with the Holy Ghost,
and prophesied, saying,
68 Blessed be the Lord God of
Israel; for he hath visited and re-
deemed his people, -
69 And hath raised up an horn
of salvation for us, in the house
of his servant David.
7O As he spake by the mouth
of his holy prophets, which have
been since the world began;
71 That we should be saved
from our enemies, and from the
hand of all that hate us ;
72 To perform the mercy pro-

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CHAP. I. w CHAP. I. 75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. 76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord, to prepare his ways; 77 To give knowledge of salvation' unto his people, by the remission of their sins. 78 Through the tender mercy of our God whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us, 79 To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the wayofpeace. § 7. An angel appears to joseph. 18 "I Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise : when as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.* - 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

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