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went into the temple of the know this? for I am Lord.

old man, and my wife well 10 And the whole multitude stricken in years. of the people were praying 19 And the angel answering without at the time of in- said unto him, I am Gabriel,

that stand in the presence of 11 And there appeared unto God; and am sent to speak him an angel of the Lord unto thee, and to shew thee standing on the right side of these glad tidings. the altar of incense.

20 And, behold, thou shalt 12 And when Zacharias saw be dumb, and not able to him, he was troubled, and speak, until the day that these fear fell upon him.

things shall be performed, 13 But the angel said unto because thou believest not him, Fear not, Zacharias: for my words, which shall be fulthy prayer is heard; and thy filled in their season. wife Elisabeth shall bear 21 And the people waited thee a son, and thou shalt for Zacharias, and marvelled call his name John.

that he tarried so long in the 14 And thou shalt have joy temple. and gladness; and many shail 22 And when he came out, rejoice at his birth.

he could not speak unto them: 15 For he shall be great in and they perceived that he the sight of the Lord, and had seen a vision in the temshall drink neither wine nor ple ; for he beckoned unto strong drink; and he shall them, and remained speechbe filled with the Holy Ghost, less.

from his mother's 23 And it came to pass, that, womb.

as soon as the days of his min16 And many of the chil- istration were accomplished, dren of Israel shall he turn he departed to his own house. to the Lord their God.

24 And after those days his 17 And he shall go before wife Elisabeth conceived, and him in the spirit and power hid herself five months, sayof Elias, to turn the hearts ing, of the fathers to the children, 25 Thus hath the Lord dealt and the disobedient to the with me in the days wherein wisdom of the just; to make he looked on me, to take ready a people prepared for away my reproach among the Lord.

18 And Zacharias said unto 26 And in the sixth month the angel, Whereby shall I the angel Gabriel was sent

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from God unto a city of Gal- / which shall be born of thee ilee,

named Nazareth, shall be called the Son of 27 To a virgin espoused to a God. man whose name was Joseph, 36 And, behold, thy cousin of the house of David; and Elisabeth, she hath also conthe virgin's name was Mary. ceived a son in her old age;

28 And the angel came in and this is the sixth month unto her, and said, Hail, thou with her, who was called that art highly favoured, the barren. Lord is with thee : blessed 37 For with God nothing art thou among women. shall be impossible.

29 And when she saw him, 38 And Mary said, Behold she was troubled at his say- the handmaid of the Lord; ing, and cast in her mind be it unto me according to what manner , of salutation thy word. And the angel dethis should be.

parted from her. 30 And the angel said unto 39 And Mary arose in those her, Fear not, Mary : for days, and went into the hill thou hast found favour with country with haste, into a God.

city of Juda; 31 And, behold, thou shalt 40 And entered into the conceive in thy womb, and house of Zacharias, and salutbring forth a son, and shalt ed Elisabeth. call his name JESUS.

41 And it came to pass, that, 32 He shall be great, and when Elisabeth heard the shall be called the Son of the salutation of Mary, the babe Highest ; and the Lord God leaped in her womb; and shall give unto him the throne Elisabeth was filled with the of his father David:

Holy Ghost: 33 And he shall reign over 42 And she spake out with the house of Jacob for ever; a loud voice, and said, Blessand of his kingdom there ed art thou among women, shall be no end.

and blessed is the fruit of thy 34 Then said Mary unto the womb. angel, How shall this be, see 43 And whence is this to ing I know not a man? me, that the mother of my

35 And the angel answered Lord should come to me? and said unto her, The Holy 44 For, lo, as soon as the Ghost shall come upon thee, voice of thy salutation soundand the power of the Highest ed in mine ears, the babe shall overshadow thee: there- leaped in my womb for joy. fore also that holy thing! 45 And blessed is she that

believed: for there shall be al 58 And her neighbours and performance of those things her cousins heard how the which were told her from the Lord had shewed great merLord.

cy upon her; and they rejoic46 And Mary said, My soul ed with her. doth magnify the Lord,

59 And it came to pass,

that 47 And my spirit hath re- on the eighth day they came joiced in God my Saviour. to circumcise the child; and 48 For he hath regarded the they called him Zacharias, low estate of his handmaiden: after the name of his father. for, behold, from henceforth 60 And his mother answerall generations shall call me ed and said, Not 80; but he blessed.

shall be called John. 49 For he that is mighty 61. And they said unto her, hath done to me great things; There is none of thy kindred and holy is his name.

that is called by this name. 50 And his mercy is on them 62 And they made signs to that fear him from generation his father, how he would have to generation.

him called. 51 He hath shewed strength 63 And he asked for a writwith his arm; he hath scat- ing table, and wrote, saying, tered the proud in the imag- His name is John. And they ination of their hearts. marvelled all.

52 He hath put down the 64 And his mouth mighty from their seats, and opened immediately, and his exalted them of low degree. tongue loosed, and he spake,

53 He hath filled the hungry and praised God. with good things; and the 65 And fear came on all that rich he hath sent empty away. dwelt round about them: and

54 He hath holpen his serv- all these sayings were noisant Israel, in remembrance cd abroad throughout all the

hill country of Judea. 55 As he spake to our fa 66 And all they that heard thers, to Abraham, and to his them laid them up in their seed for ever.

hearts, saying, What manner 56 And Mary abode with of child shall this be! And her about three months, and the hand of the Lord was returned to her own house. with him.

57 Now Elisabeth's full time 67 And his father Zacharias came that she should be de. was filled with the Holy livered ; and she brought Ghost, and prophesied, sayforth a son.

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68 Blessed be the Lord God our feet into the way of of Israel ; for he hath visited peace. and redeemed his people, 80 And the child grew, and 69 And hath raised up a waxed strong in spirit, and horn of salvation for us in was in the deserts till the day the house of his servant Da- of his shewing unto Israel. vid; 70 As he spake by the mouth

CHAPTER II. of his holy prophets, which 1 Augustus taxeth all the Roman em

pire. 6 The nativity of Christ. have been since the world be

One angel relateth it to the shepgan :

herds : 13 many sing praises to God

for it. 21 Christ is circumcised. 22 71 That we should be saved

Mary purified. 23 Simeon an. Anna from our enemies, and from prophesy of Christ: 40 who increasthe hand of all that hate us;

eth in wisdom, 46 questioneth in the

temple with the doctor's, 51 and is 72 To perform the mercy

obedient to his parents. promised to our fathers, and to ND it came remember his holy covenant;

73 The oath which he sware went out a decree from Cesar to our father Abraham, Augustus, that all the world

74 That he would grant should be taxed. unto us, that we, being deliv. 2 (And this taxing was first ed out of the hand of our made when Cyrénius was enemies, might serve him governor of Syria.) without fear,

3 And all went to be taxed, 75 In holiness and right- every one into his own city. eousness before him, all the 4 And Joseph also went up days of our life.

from Galilee, out of the city 76 And thou, child, shalt be of Nazareth, into Judea, uncalled the prophet of the to the city of David, which Highest: for thou shalt go is called Bethlehem, (because before the face of the Lord he was of the house and linto prepare his ways;

eage of David,) 77 To give knowledge of 5 To be taxed with Mary his salvation unto his people by espoused wife, being great the remission of their sins, with child.

78 Through the tender mer 6 And so it was, that, while cy of our God; whereby the they were there, the days dayspring from on high hath were accomplished that she visited us,

should be delivered. 79 To give light to them 7 And she brought forth her that sit in darkness and in firstborn son, and wrapped the shadow of death, to guide | him in swaddling clothes,

and laid him in a manger ; | haste, and found Mary and because there was no room Joseph, and the babe lying in for them in the inn.

a manger. 8 And there were in the same 17 And when they had seen country shepherds abiding in it, they made known abroad the field, keeping watch over the saying which was told their flock by night.

them concerning this child. 9 And, lo, the angel of the 18 And all they that heard it Lord came upon them, and wondered at those things the glory of the Lord shone which were told them by the round about them; and they shepherds. were sore afraid.

19 But Mary kept all these 10 And the angel said unto things, and pondered them them, Fear not: for, behold, in her heart. I bring you good tidings of 20 And the shepherds regreat joy, which shall be to turned, glorifying and praisall people.

ing God for all the things 11 For unto you is born this that they had heard and seen, day in the city of David a as it was told unto them. Saviour, which is Christ the 21 And when eight days Lord,

were accomplished for the 12 And this shall be a sign circumcising of the child, unto you; Ye shall find the his name was called JESUS, babe wrapped in swaddling which was so named of the clothes, lying in a manger. angel before he was conceiv

13 And suddenly there was ed in the womb. with the angel à multitude 22 And when the days of her of the heavenly host praising purification according to the God, and saying,

law of Moses were accom14 Glory to God in the high-plished, they brought him to est, and on earth peace, good Jerusalem, to present him to will toward men.

the Lord; 15 And it came to pass, as 23 (As it is written in the the angels were gone away law of the Lord, Every male from them into heaven, the that openeth the womb shall shepherds said one to anoth- be called holy to the Lord ;) er, Let us now go even unto 24 And to offer a sacrifice Bethlehem, and see this thing according to that which is which is come to pass, which said in the law of the Lord, the Lord hath made known A pair of turtledoves, or two unto us.

young pigeons. 16 And they came with 25 And, behold, there was a

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