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HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS.

PART I.

EVENTS PRECEDING THE MINISTRY OF JESUS,

LUKE I.

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FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely be2 lieved among us, even as they delivered them unto us, which

from the beginning were eye-witnesses and ministers of the 3 word; it seemed good to me also, having had perfect under

standing of all things from the very first, to write unto thee 4 in order, most excellent Theophilus, that thou mightest know the certainty of those things wherein thou hast been instructed.

JOHN I,

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with 2 God, and the Word was God. The same was in the begin3 ning with God. All things were made by him; and without 4 him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, 5 and the life was the light of men ; and the light shineth in 6 darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not. There 7 was a man sent from God, whose name was John ; the same

came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all 8 men through him might believe. He was not that Light, 9 but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh 10 into the world. He was in the world, and the world was 11 made by him, and the world knew him not.

He came unto 12 his own, and his own received him not.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of 13 God, even to them that believe on his name ; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the

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JOHN I. 14 will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh,

and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and

John bare witness of him, and cried, saying ; This was he of whom I spake; He that cometh after me, 16 is preferred before me; for he was before me. For of his 17 fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law

was given by Moses; but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten

Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

LUKE I.

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THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia ; and

his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was 6 Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God,

walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the 7 Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Eliz

abeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in 8 years.

And it came to pass, that, while he executed the 9 priest's office before God in the order of his course, accord

ing to the custom of the priest's office his lot was to burn in10 cense, when he went into the temple of the Lord; and the

whole multitude of the people were praying without, at the u time of incense. 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 13 fell upon him. But the angel said unto him; Fear not,

Zacharias; for thy prayer is heard, and thy wife Elizabeth

shall bear thee a son; and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness, and many shall re15 joice at his birth. 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 16 womb.

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of the children of Israel shall he turn 17 to the Lord their God. 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, 18 to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. And Zach

arias said unto the angel; Whereby shall I know this ? for 19 I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And

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LUKE I. the angel answering said unto him ; I am Gabriel, that

stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto 20 thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 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. 2 And the people waited for Zacharias; and marvelled that 22 he tarried so long in the temple. And when he came out,

he could not speak unto them; and they perceived that he

had seen a vision in the temple ; for he beckoned unto 23 them, and remained speechless. And it came to pass,

that as soon as the days of his ministration were accom24 plished, he departed to his own house. And after those days

his wife Elizabeth conceived ; and hid herself five months, 25 saying ; Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days,

wherein he looked on me to take away my reproach among men.

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from 2 God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin es

poused to a man, whose name was Joseph, of the house of 23 David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel

came in unto her, and said ; Hail, thou that art highly fa

voured; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 29 women. And she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her 30 mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the

angel said unto her; Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found 34 favour with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy

womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the High

est; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his 33 father David; and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for 34 ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said

Mary unto the angel; How shall this be, seeing I know not 35 a man? And the angel answered and said unto her; The

Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy

thing which shall be born, shall be called the Son of God. 38 And behold, thy cousin Elizabeth, she hath also conceived

a son in her old age ; and this is the sixth month with her 37 who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be im38 possible. And Mary said ; Behold, the handmaid of the

Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

LUKE I.

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill-coun40 try with haste, into a city of Juda. And she entered into 41 the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth. And it

came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of

Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was 42 filled with the Holy Ghost, and she spake out with a loud

voice, and said ; Blessed art thou among women ; and bless43 ed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, 44 that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For lo, as

soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the 45 babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that

believed, for there shall be a performance of those things 46 which were told her from the Lord. And Mary 47 said ; My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath 48 rejoiced in God my Saviour'; for he hath regarded the low

estate of his handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth, all 49 generations shall call me blessed; for he that is mighty so hath done to me great things; and holy is his name, and his

mercy is on them that fear him, from generation to genera51 tion. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath

scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted 53 them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good 54 things, and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath 55 holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, (as

he spake to our fathers,) to Abraham, and to his seed, for 56 ever. And Mary abode with her about three months; and returned to her own house.

Now Elizabeth's full time came that she should be deliv58 ered; and she brought forth a son. And her neighbours

and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great $9 mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. – And

it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circum

cise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the 60 name of his father. And his mother answered and said; 81 Not s0;. but he shall be called John. And they said unto her; There is none of thy kindred that is called by this

And they made signs to his father, how he would 63 have him called. And he asked for a writing table,

and wrote, saying ; His name is John. And they marvelled 64 all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his 65 tongue loosed ; and he spake, and praised God. And fear

came on all that dwelt round about them; and all these say-.

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LUKE I. ings were noised abroad throughout all the hill-country of 66 Judea. And all they that heard them, laid them up in their

hearts, saying; What manner of child shall this be? And 67 the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father

Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, 68 saying ; Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath 69 visited and redeemed his people, and hath raised up an horn

of salvation for us, in the house of his servant David; 76 (as he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which 71 have been since the world began ;) that we should be saved

from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remem73 ber his holy covenant, the oath which he sware to our father 74 Abraham, that he would grant unto us, that we, being deliv

ered out of the hand of our enemies, .might serve him with75 out fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all our 76 days. And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the

Highest ; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to 77 prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation unto his 78 people, by the remission of their sins, through the tender

mercy of our God, whereby the day-spring from on high 79 hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and

in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of 80 peace.

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit ; and was in the deserts, till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

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MATTHEW I. 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 with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing

to make her a public example, was minded to put her away 20 privily. But while he thought on these 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

thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy 21 Ghost ; and she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call

his name JESUS; for he shall save his people from their 2 sins. (Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled B3 which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying; “Be

hold, a virgin 'shall be with child, and shall bring forth a

son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel ; ” which being 24 interpreted, is, God with us.) Then Joseph, being raised

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