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Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, 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 the tetrarch of Abilene,

2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness.

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Luke iii. 1—6. prophet, saying,

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;

6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

SECTION III.

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Matt. iii. 7-10.

Luke iii. 7-18. 7 But when he saw many

7 Then said he to the multiof the Pharisees and Sadducees tude that came forth to be come to his baptism, he said baptized of him, unto them ?

() generation of vipers, who O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance ;

worthy of repentance, 9 And think not to say

and begin not to say within yourselves, We have within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father : for I Abraham to our father; for I say unto you, that God is able

say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

children unto Abraham. 10 And now also the ax is 9 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees; laid unto the root of the trees; therefore every tree which every

tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit, bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and cast into is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

the fire.

10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then ?

il He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?

THE TEACHING OF THE BAPTIST.

Luke iïi. 7-18. 13 And he said unto them, Exact 110 more than that which is appointed you.

14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely ; and be content with your wages.

18 And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people*

* See Vol. Nativity, p. 217.

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