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in the wilderness, ner, as powerful Princes
Prepare ye the way use to have the Ways cleared
of the Lord, make

and levelled before them, so
his paths straight.

this Man was by his preach-
ing of Repentance to pre-
pare Mens Hearts for the re.

ception of the Gospel.
4 And the fame 4. Now the manner in
John had his rai- which this Preacher of Re-
ment of camels hair, pentance appeared, was with
and a leathern gir

. all Humility, Holiness, and
dle about his loyns;

His
and his meat was lo- Austerity of Life.
cufts and wild hony. Cloathing was of the most

common and meanest kind
of Garments, and his Food t 'Areldes

was of the + coursest fort. fome un-
5 Then went out 5. Upon his appearing in of Herbs,
to him Jerusalem and this form and garb of a others of
all Judea, and all the Prophet, and Preaching the without a-
region round about
Jordan,
necessity and the acceptable- ny materi-

al diffeness of Repentance ; much People, both of Jerusalem the Sense. and of all Judea, came out

to him ; 6 And were bap

6. And they were bap-
tized of him in Jor- tized by him in the River
dan, confeffing their Jordan, publickly confefsing
fins.

their former Sins, and pro-
fessing their Resolutions of

amendment of Life.
g But when he

7. Now among the
faw many of the Pha-
risees and Sadduces rest that came thus to be
come to his baptism, baptized by John, were ma-

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ny of the Pharisees and Sad he faid unto them; duces, Men of great Pride, O generation of vivaluing themselves on their pers, who hath warn

to being descended from Abra- the wrath to come ? bam and the Patriarchs, and trusting in their strict observance of certain outward and ceremonial Rites of the Law: These Men John feverely reproved, saying; O ye perverse and hypocritical Generation of Men ; Think not that by being baptized by me, or by any other ritual or external Performance, you can escape the Wrath and Judgment of God.

8. But if ye will indeed 8 Bring forthi escape it, repent and forsake therefore fruits meet

for repentance. your Sins ; reform your Lives to the Obedience of God's Commands; and this do with such Humility and Conftancy, as may prove the Truth and Sincerity of your Repentance.

9 And do not imagine that you shall escape the

And think not

to say within your Wrath of God, by being felves, We have Athe Children of Abraham ; braham to our faFor if you imitate not his ther : for I say unto Faith and his Piety, God you, that God is a

ble of these stones to

raise up children un God will caft you off, and to Abraham.

adopt Men from among the Gentiles, or even raise Men out of the Stones of the Earth, (rather than fave you in your wickedness) who shall succeed in the Faith, and in the Obedience, and in the Bleffing of Alra.

bam. 10 And now also 10. Nor is there any more the ax is laid unto

time of delay. God is non the root of the trees:

about to offer the last Ditherefore every tree which bringeth not spenfation of Repentance forth good fruit is and Mercy : And if you do hewen down and cast into the fire.

not immediately repent and reform your Lives,

his Vengeance hangs over you as fruitless Trees ready to be cut down, and you shall be utterly and irrecovera.

bly destroyed. 11 I indeed bap II. And I indeed, as a tize you with water Sign to oblige you to rebut he that cometh pent and prepare your felves after me, is mightier for the coming of the Mefthen I, whose shoes I siah, do baptize you with am not worthy to Water. But when he himbear: he shall bap- felf thall

appear, who is so tize you with the holy Ghoft, and with far Superiour to me, as that fire.

I account not my self worthy to do the meanest Offices for him, he Thall bapG2

tise

unto

tise you with the powerful Influence of his Holy Spirit, whose appearance shall be as Fire, [ AEts 2. 3. ]

12. And he shall through 12 Whose fan is ly try the Spirits of Men, in his hand, and he

will throughly purge as when with a Fan one

his floor, and gaseparateth the Chaff from ther his wheat inthe Corn; and those who to the garner : but are sincere and good, he shall he will burn up the

chaff with unquenche preserve and reward ; but able fire. those who are wicked and incorrigible, he shall condemn to utter destruction, as the Chaff to the Fire.

13 | Thus John instru 13 ( Then Cocted those that were to be meth Jesus from Ga

lilee to Jordan unto baptized by him : And John, to be baptized while he was thus bapti. of him. zing, Jesus himself came down from Galilee to Jor. dan, to be baptized of him.

14. But John, knowing 14 But John forhim now by immediate re

bad him, saying, I velation to be the Person, tized of thee, and

have need to be bap† whom God by the Signal comeft thou to me?

* By this History of St.Mattbew, Fohn seems to have known Christ before he baptized him ; whereas in St. John, Christ feerns to have been first made known to him by the descent of the Holy Ghost after his Baptism. It is most probable, that God having before given Folon that Token to know Christ by, did upon Chrift's coming to be baptized, reveal to folin that this was the Person, upon whom he should prefently see the Signali

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of the visible descent of the Holy Ghost would immediately discover to be the Meffiah, refused to baptize him, saying, It is much more fit that you should baptize

me, than I you. 15 And Jesus an 15 But Jesus faid to him ; fwering", said unto You shall baptize me nothim, Suffer it to be so now : for thus it withstanding : For thus God becometh us to ful hath appointed to initiate fil all righteousness

. me into my Ministry ; and Then he suffered thus it becomes us to give him.

an Example of doing all things decently and with order : Then John baptized

him. 16 And Jesus when 16. Jesus being thus bap

was baptized, tized, came up out of the went up ftraightway

Water and `immediately out of the water : and lo, the heavens Fobn saw the appointed Towere opened -unto ken : The Clouds opened, him, and he saw the and the Spirit of God deSpirit of God dea scending like a dove, scended like a Dove, and and lighting upon rested upon Jesus. him.

17. And with it a Voice 17 And lo, a voice

was heard out of Heaven, from heaven, saying, This is my beloved saying, This is

my

beloved Son, in whom I am Son, the Meffiab sent into well pleased.

the World to reveal the Will of God to mankind; him believe ye and obey.

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