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Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; And Ezekias begat Manasses ; 10 and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; And Josias 11

cut off from the house of the Lord, and Jo- Jerusalem with innocent blood); which the tham his son was over the king's house, Lord would not pardon. 2 Ki. xxiv. 3, 4. judging the people of the land. 2 Ch. xxvi. Ahaz his (Jotham's) son, Hezekiah his 21. See 2 Ch. chap. xxvii.

son, Manasseh his son. 1 Ch. iii. 13. 2 Achaz.] Jothamn slept with his fathers, Ch. xxxii. 33. Manasseh was twelve years and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead. 2 Ki. old when he began to reign, and he reigned xv. 38. In the seventeenth year of Pekah fifty and five years in Jerusalem : but did the son of Remaliah, Ahaz the son of Jotham that which was evil in the sight of the Lord. king of Judah began to reign. 2 Ki. xvi. I. He caused his children to pass through the Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jeru- he observed times, and used enchantments, salem; and did not that which was right in and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar the sight of the Lord his God, but he walked spirit, and with wizzards : he wrought such in the way of the kings of Israel, and made evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him his son to pass through the fire according to

to anger.

And the Lord spake to Manasseh, the abominations of the heathen, and he sa- and to his people : but they would not crificed and burnt incense in the high places, hearken. Wherefore the Lord brought upon and on the hills, and under every green tree. them the captains of the host of the king of 2 Ki. xvi. 2, 3. See 2 Ch. xxvii. 9. and xxviii, Assyria, which took Manasseh among the 1. And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz, thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carthe son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah king of ried him to Babylon. And when he was in Judah, that Rezin king of Syria, and Pekäh affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and the son of Remaliah king of Israel, went up numbled himself greatly before the God of his toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could fathers; and prayed unto him : and he was not prevail against it. Then said the Lord to entreated of him, and heard his supplication, Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, and say and brought him again to Jerusalem into his unto him, Take heed, and be quiet, fear not. kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God. Ask it Lord he was God. And he took away the either in the depth or in the height above. strange gods; and he repaired the Itar of the But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I Lord. Nevertheless the people did sacrifice tempt the Lord. And he said, Hear ye now still in the high places, yet unto the Lord O house of David, is it a small thing for you their God only. Now the rest of the acts of to weary men; but will ye weary my God Manasseh are written in the book of the also ? Is. vii. 1–13.

kings of Israel. His prayer also among the Ezekias.] And Ahaz slept with his fathers, sayings of the seers. 2 Ch. xxxiii. 1-19. and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead. 2 Amon.] Amon was twenty two years old Ki. xvi. 20; xviii, and xx. See 2 Ch. xxviii. when he began to reign, and he reigned two 27; xxix.—xxxii. Is. xxxvi.---xxxix.

years in Jerusalem. And he did that which 10 Manasses.] And Hezekiah slept with was evil in the sight of the Lord; he served his fathers, and Manasseh his son reigned in the idols that his father served: and he forhis stead. 2 Ki. Xx. 21. Manasseh was sook the Lord God of his fathers. And the twelve years old when he began to reign, and servants of Amon conspired against him, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. slew the king in his own house. And the And he did that which was evil in the sight of people of the land slew all them that had conthe Lord : for he built up again the high places spired against king Amon, 2 Ki. xxi. 19-24. which Hezekiah his father had destroyed. See 2 Ch. xxxiii. 20—24. And he built altars for all the host of heaven Josias.] And he (the man of God out of in the two courts of the house of the Lord. Judah) cried against the altar (by which JeroAnd the Lord spake by his servants the pro- boam stood to burn incense), in the word of the phets, saying, Because Manasseh king of Lord, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the Judah hath done abominations : behold, I am Lord; Behold, a child shall be born unto the bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, house of David, Josiah by name, and upon that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears thee shall he offer the priests of the high shall tingle. Moreover Manasseh shed inno- places, that burn incense upon thee, and men's cent blood very much till he had filled Jeru- bones shall be burnt upon thee. 1 Ki, xiii. 2. salem from one end to another. 2 Ki. xxi. He (Amon) was buried in his sepulchre in the 1-16. Surely at the commandment of the garden of Uzza: and Josiah his son reigned Lord came this" (" the captivity" to Nebu- in his stead. 2 Ki. xxi, 26. See 2 Ki. xxii. chadnezzar), upon Judah to remove them out and xxiii. to verse 30. The people of the land of his sight for the sins of Manasseh, ac- slew all them that conspired against king Amon : cording to all that he did. And also for the and the people of the land made Josiah king innocent blood that he shed (for he filled in his stead. 2 Ch. xxxiii. 25. ; xxxiv. and XXXV.

begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were car12 ried away to Babylon: And after they were brought to Babylon, 13 Jechonias begat Salathiel ; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel ; And

11 Jechonias.] Jehoahaz was twenty and goodly vessels of the house of the Lord, and three years old when he began to reign, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah, he reigned three months in Jerusalem. 2 and Jerusalem. And them that had escaped Ki. xxiii. 31. And he did that which was from the sword carried he away to Babylon. evil in the sight of the Lord. And Pharaoh- where they were servants to him

and his sons, nechoh put him in bands in Riblah, that he until the reign of the kingdom of Persia. 2 might not reign in Jerusalem. And Pharaoh- Ch. xxxvi. 10. 20. Thus saith the Lord of nechoh made Eliakim (the son of Josiah) hosts concerning the vessels which Nebuchadking in the room of Josiah his father, and nezzar, king of Babylon, took not, when he turned his name to Jehoiakim, and took Je. took away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiahoahaz away: and he came to Egypt and kim, king of Judah, from Jerusalem to died there. And Jehoiakim gave the silver Babylon, and all the nobles of Judah and and the gold (the tribute of the land) to Pha- Jerusalem. Je. xxvii. 20. Je. xxxix. 9. raoh. Jehoiakim was twenty and five years He (the king of Babylon) put out the eyes of old when he began to reign, and he reigned Zedekiah, and the king of Babylon bound eleven years in Jerusalem. And he did that him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, which was evil in the sight of the Lord, ac- and put him in prison till the day of his cording to all that his fathers had done. 2 death. Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of Ki. xxiii. 32–37. 2 Ki. xxiv. The sons the guard carried away captive certain of the of Josiah were ; the firstborn Johanan, the poor of the people : and the residue of the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the people that remained in the city, and those fourth Shallum. And the sons of Jehoia- that fell away, that fell to the king of Babylon, kim; Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son. and the rest of the multitude. Je. lii. ll. 15. And the sons of Jechoniah ; Assir, Sa- This is the people whom Nebuchadnezzar lathiel, his son. 1 Ch. iii. 15–17. The carried away captive. In the seventh year, people of the land took Jehoahaz the son three thousand Jews and three and twenty. of Josiah, and made him king in his fa- In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar he ther's stead in Jerusalem. 2 Ch. xxxvi. carried away captive from Jerusalem eight 1, &c. Weep ye not for the dead, neither hundred thirty and two persons. In the three bemoan him; but weep sore for him that and twentieth year of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebugoeth away, for he shall return no more, nor zar-adan the captain of the guard carried see his native country; for thus saith the away captive of the Jews seven hundred forty Lord touching Shallum, the son of Josiah, and five persons; all the persons were four king of Judah, which reigned instead of Josiah thousand and six hundred. Je. lii. 28-30. his father, which went forth out of this place; And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah he shall not return hither any more. Is this into his (Nebuchadnezzar's) hand, with part of man Coniah a despised broken idol? Is he a the vessels of the house of God, which he carvessel wherein is no pleasure ? Wherefore ried into the land of Shinar to the house of are they cast out, he and his seed, and are his god, and he brought the vessels into the cast into a land which they know not ? Je. treasure house of his god. Da. i. 2. xxii, 10, 11. 28.

12 Jechonias.] It came to pass, in the About the time they were carried away, &c.] seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of And he (Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, month, on the seven and twentieth day of the and all the mighty men of valour, even ten month, that Evil-merodach king of Babylon, thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and in the year that he began to reign, did lift smiths, none remained save the poorest sort of up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah out people of the land. And he carried away of prison. 2 Ki. xxv. 27. See verse 11 under Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king's mother, Josias. and the king's wives, and his officers, and the And Salathiel.] Then (when the people mighty of the land; those carried he into cap- gathered themselves together as one man to tivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. 2 Ki, Jerusalem) stood up Jeshua, the son of xxiv. 14, 15, &c. Now the rest of the people Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and that were left in the city, and the fugitives Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, and his that fell away to the king of Babylon, with brethren, and builded the altar of the God the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzar- of Israel, to offer burnt-offerings thereon, adan the captain of the guard carry away. as it is written in the law of Moses, 2 Ki. xxv. 11. And when the year was ex- the man of God. Ezr. iii. 2. Then rose pired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent and brought up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and “him” (Jehoiakim") to Babylon, with the Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to

Zorobabel begat Abiud ; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; 14 and Achim begat Eliud ; And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar 15 begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; And Jacob begat 16 Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are 17 fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into

build the house of God, which is at Jerusalem; salem), they were amazed (as they found him and with them were the prophets of God in the temple sitting in the midst of the doctors, helping them. Ezr. v. 2. Now these are the &c.), and his mother said unto him, Son, why priests and the Levites that went up with hast thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua, father and I have sought thee sorrowing. . &c. Ne. xii. 1. In the second year of Da- ii. 4, 5. 48. Jesus himself began to be about rius the king came the word of the Lord by thirty years of age, being (as was supposed), Haggai the prophet, unto Zerubbabel, the son the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli. of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua Lu. iii. 23. And all (the people of Nazareth) the son of Josedech the high priest. Then bare him (Jesus) witness, and wondered at the Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua gracious words which proceeded out of his the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of son ? Lu. iv. 22. the Lord their God, and the words of Haggai, Of whom was born Jesus.] Is not this the the prophet, as the Lord their God had sent carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of him, and the people did fear before the Lord. James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon ? And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerub- are not his sisters here with us? And they babel the son of Shealtiel, and the spirit of all were offended at him. Mar. vi. 3. Behold, the remnant of the people; and they came thou shalt conceive (said the angel to Mary) and did work in the house of the Lord of in thy wornb, and bring forth a son, and shalt Hosts their God. Hag. i. 1. 12. 14. Speak call his name Jesus : he shall be great, and now Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, shall be called the Son of the Highest : and governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of the Lord God shall give unto him the throne Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of his father David : and he shall reign over of the people, saying, Who is left among you the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingthat saw this house in her first glory? In dom there shall be no end. Then said Mary that day, saith the Lord of Hosts, will I take unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I thee, o Zerubbabel my servant, the son of know not a man? And the angel answered, Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and I will make thee and said unto her, the Holy Ghost shall come as a signet, for I have chosen thee, saith the upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall Lord of Hosts. Hag. ii. 2. 23. (Juda) which overshadow thee : therefore also that holy was the son of Joanna, which was the son of thing which shall be born of thee shall be Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which called the Son of God. Lu. i. 31–35. And was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of she (Mary) brought forth her first-born son, Neri. Lu. iii. 27.

and wrapped him in swaddling-clothes, and 16 Joseph the husband, &c.] See verse 18— laid him in a manger; because there was 25. When they (the wise men) were departed, no room for them in the inn. And the angel behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Jo- said unto "them" ("the shepherds,who were seph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the abiding in the field), Fear not ; for, behold, I young child and his mother and flee into Egypt, bring you good tidings of great joy, which and be thou there until I bring thee word, for shall be to all people : for unto you is born Herod will seek the young child to destroy this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which him. Mat. ii. 13. In the sixth month (after is Christ the Lord. Lu. ii. 7. 10, 11. Elizabeth's conception) the angel Gabriel was Who is called Christ.] When they (the sent from God, to a virgin espoused to a man Jews) were gathered together, Pilate said unto whose name was Joseph of the house of them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? David, and the virgin's name was Mary. Lu. Barabbas or Jesus, which is called Christ? i. 26, 27. Joseph also went up from Galilee, They said Barabbas. Pilate saith unto them, out of the city of Nazareth, into Juden, unto What shall I do then with Jesus, wbich is the city of David, which is called Bethlehem called Christ? They say unto him, Let him (because he was of the house and lineage of be crucified. Mat. xxvii. 17. 21, 22. David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused man (of Samaria) saith unto "him" ("Jesus), wife, being great with child. And when I know that Messias cometh, which is called " they” (Mary and Joseph ") saw “him" Christ. John iv. 25. (" Jesus" who remained behind them in Jeru

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Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away 18 into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. 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 19 with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being

a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was 20 minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these

“ They

18 The birth of Jesus Christ.] See Lu. i. played the harlot; and also, behold, she is 27. to the end.

with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Of the Holy Ghost.] I will put enmity between Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. Ge. thee and the woman (said God to the serpent), xxxviii. 24. The man that committeth aduland between thy seed and her seed: it shall tery with another man's wife ; the adulterer bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. heel. Ge. iii. 15. Who can bring a clean Le. xx. 10. Then they shall bring out the thing out of an unclean ? not one. Job xiv. 4. damsel to the door of her father's house, and What is man, that he should be clean ? and the men of her city shall stone her with stones he which is born of a woman, that he should that she die ; because she hath wrought folly be righteous ? Job xv. 14. Thus hath the in Israel, to play the whore in her father's Lord dealt with me (said Elizabeth) in the house. If a man be found lying with a woman days wherein he looked on me, to take away married to a husband, then they shall both of my reproach among men. And the angel them die. If a damsel that is a virgin be beanswered, and said unto her (Mary), The Holy trothed unto an husband, and a man find her Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of in the city, and lie with her; then ye shall the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore bring them both out unto the gate of the city, also that holy thing which shall be born of and ye shall stone them with stones that they thee shall be called the Son of God. Lu. i. die. De. xxii. 21-24.

(the 25. 35. When the fulness of the time was scribes and Pharisees") say unto “ him" come, God sent forth his Son, made of a (“ Jesus”), Master, this woman was taken in woman, made under the law, to redeem them adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the that were under the law, that we might re- law commanded us, that such should be stoned, ceive the adoption of sons. Ga. iv. 4, 5. For Johin viii. 4, 5. such an high priest became us, who is holy, Was minded to put her away privily.] When harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and a man hath taken a wife, and married her, made higher than the heavens. He. vii. 26. and it come to pass that she find no favour in Wherefore, when he cometh into the world, his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanhe saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest ness in her : then let him write her a bill of not, but a body hast thou prepared me. He. divorcement, and give it in her hand, and x. 5.

send her out of his house. De. xxiv. ). 19 Her husband.] See com. on A public “ They” (the Pharisees”) said (unto Jesus), example.

Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, A just man.] Noah was a just man, and and put her (his wife) away. Mar. X. 4. perfect in his generations, and Noah walked 20 While he thought.] Good and upright with God. Ge. vi. 9. Unto the upright there is the Lord : therefore will he teach sinners in ariseth light in the darkness : he is gracious, the way: the meek will he guide in judgment : and full of compassion, and righteous. A good and the meek will he teach his way. Ps. xxv. man sheweth favour, and lendeth ; he will 8, 9. In the multitude of my thoughts within guide his affairs with discretion. Ps. cxii. 4, me, thy comforts delight my soul. Ps. xciv. 5. Herod feared John (the Baptist), knowing 19. I am thy servant; give me understanding, that he was a just man and an holy, and that I may know thy testimonies. Ps. cxix. observed him. Mar. vi. 20. Behold, there 125. Cause me to hear thy loving kindness was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was in the morning, for in thee do I trust: cause Simeon; and the same man was just and me to know the way wherein I should walk, devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel. for I lift up my soul unto thee. Ps. cxliii. 8. Lu. ii. 25. And they (the messengers from Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and Cornelius) said, Cornelius the centurion, a just lean not unto thine own understanding : in all man, and one that feareth God, and of good thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall report among all the nation of the Jews, was direct thy paths. Pr. iii. 5, 6. The thoughts warned from God by an holy angel to send of the righteous are right: but the counsels of for “thee” (Peter”) into his house, and to the wicked are deceit. Pr. xii. 5. Thou hear words of thee. Ac. x. 22.

wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is A public erample.] It was told Judah, stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee. saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath Is. xxvi. 3. Thine ears shall hear a word be

things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary

hind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in When he (Joseph) heard that Archelaus did it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when reign in Judea in the room of his father ye turn to the lett. Is. xxx. 21.

Herod, he was afraid to go thither : notwithThe angel of the Lord.] There was a cer- standing, being warned of God in a dream, tain man of Zorah, of the family of the Dan- he turned aside into the parts of Galilee. Mat. ites, whose name was Manuah ; and his wife ii. 13. 19. 22. The angel of God spake unto was barren, and bare not: and the angel of me (Jacob) in a dream (ordering him to get out the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said from the land). Ge. xxxi. 11. If there be a unto her, Thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. prophet among you (said the Lord to Aaron Then Manoah entreated the Lord, and said, 0 and Miriam), I, the Lord, will make myself my Lord, let the man of God, which thou known unto him in a vision, and will speak didst send, come again unto us, and teach us unto him in a dream. Nu. xii. 6. A thing what we shall do unto the child that shall be was secretly brought to me in thoughts from born. And God hearkened to the voice of the visions of the night, when deep sleep Manoah ; and the angel of God came again falleth on men, fear came upon me, and Iremunto the woman, as she sat in the field: but bling, which made all my bones to shake: Manoah her husband was not with her. Ju. then a spirit passed before my face; the hair xiji. 2, 3. 8, 9. There appeared unto him of my flesh stood up: it stood still but I could (Zacharias, at the time of incense) an angel of not discern the form thereof: an image was the Lord standing on the right side of the before mine eyes, there was silence, and I altar of incense; and when Zacharias saw him, heard a voice, saying, Shall mortal man be he was troubled, and fear fell upon him : but more just than God ? &c. Job iv. 12-16. the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: God speaketh in a dream, in a vision of the for thy prayer is heard ; and thy wife Eliza- night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in beth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call slumberings upon the bed; then he openeth his name John. Whereby shall I know this ? the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, (said Zacharias). And the angel answering that he may withdraw man from his purpose. said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the Job xxxiii. 15, 16, 17. It shall come to pass, presence of God; and am sent speak unto that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh, thee: and, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and and your sons and your daughters shall pronot able to speak, until the day that these phesy, your old men shall dream dreams, things shall be performed. And in the sixth your young men shall see visions. Joel ii. 28. month (after) the angel Gabriel was sent from Joseph thou son of David.] It was told the God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth house of David (Ahaz king of Judah), saying, (to Mary). Lu. i. 11, 12, 13. 19, 20. 26. And Syria is confederate with Ephraim: and his there was in the same country shepherds heart was moved, and the heart of his people, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their as the trees of the wood are moved with the flock by night: and, lo, the angel of the Lord wind. And he (the prophet) said (unto Ahaz), came upon them, and the glory of the Lord Hear ye now, O house of David : is it a small shone round about them; and they were sore thing for you to weary men,

but will ye weary afraid: and the angel said unto them, Fear my God ? Is. vii. 2. 13. Thus saith the not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of Lord, If my covenant be not with day and great joy, which shall be to all people : for night, and if I have not appointed the orunto you is born this day, in the city of David, dinances of heaven and earth ; then will I cast a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord: and this away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, shall be a sign unto you, Ye shall find the so that I will not take any of his seed to be babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and a manger. And suddenly there was with the Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to reangel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising turn, and have mercy on them. Je. xxxiii. God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, 25, 26. Joseph went up from Galilee, out of and on earth peace, good will towards men. the city of Nazareth, into Judah, unto the Lu. ii. 8-14.

city of David, which is called Bethlehem, In a dream.] When "they” (“ the wise (because he was of the house and lineage men") were departed, behold the angel of the of David.) Lu. ii. 4. Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Fear not to take, &c.] And the angel anArise, and take the young child and his swered, and said unto the women (Mary Magmother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou dalen and the other Mary), Fear not ye: for I there until I bring thee word: for Herod will know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. seek the young child to destroy him. But Mat. xxviii. 5. And he (God) said (unto when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Israel), I am God, the God of thy father : fear Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. not to go down into Egypt. Ge. xlvi. 3.

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