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- THE? GOSPEL ACCORDING TO S. LUKE.

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CHAPTER I.
John the Baptist’s conception, &c.

FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed amon us,

2 Even as they delivere them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word ;

3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

4 That thou mightest know the cen '

tainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed. 5 {I THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of J udaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her namewas Elisabeth. 6 And they were both righteous be

fore God, walking in all the command.

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ments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s ofiice before God in the order of his course,

9 According to the custom of the priest’s oflice, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

11 And there appeared unto-him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard ; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. '

14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness ; and many shall rejoice at his

birth.

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15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink ; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.

16 And many of the children of Is

‘rael shall he turn to the Lord their

God.

17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of

the just; to make ready a people pre-'

pared for the Lord.

18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an-old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings,

20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words,

which shall be fulfilled in their season.

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