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CHAP. II.

*fjve fourth Year before the common account called, the Year os our

Lord. ,

NO W when Jesus was * born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the Days of Herod the King, behold there came wife men from the * East to Jerusalem, z. Saying, c Where is he that is horn King of the Jews? for we have seen hisd Star in the East, and are come to worlhip him. 3. When Herod the King had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4, And when he had gathered all the e chief Priests and f Scribes of the people together, he B demandedofthem where Christ should be born. 5. And they laid unto him? in Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the Prophet; 6. h And thou Bethle

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* * Luk. 2. 6, 7. And so it was, shall smite the corners of Moab, that while they were there, the and destroy all the Children of Sheth. Days were accomp lifted that she ct s Chron. 36". 14. Moreover, should be delivered. And she all the chief Priests and the People brought forth her first born Son ,and 5 transgressed very much wrapped him in swaddling clothes, ff 2 Chron. 34. 13.—Of the and laid him in a Manger, because Levites there were Scribes, and there was no room for them in the Officers, and Porters. 11 Mac.y^a. Inn. Now when Judas came near the

bV Gen. 10. 30. And their lobroofc, he caused the Scribes of the dwelling was from Mefta, [viz-the People to remain by the brook —»' Sms tf Joktan, the Son of Eber,] as t • Mac. 7. 11. Then did assemble thou goest unto Sephar a Mount of unto Alcimus and Bacchidps a Cum.' theEast '/Gen. ay. 6. Unto the (any of Scribes, to require justice. Sons of the Concubines which A-151 Chron. 24. 6. Shemaiah the Son braham had, Abraham gave Gifts, of Nathanael the Scribe, one of the and sent them away from Isaac his Levites,wrote them before the King. Son (while he yet lived) eastward, 8 Mai. 2. 7. The Priests Lips unto the East-Country. '.' 1 King 4. should keep knowledge, and they 30. And Solomon's Wisdom excel-joftould seek the Law at his Mouth, led the Wisdom of all the Children * * Mic. 5. a. But thou UethU' cf the East-Country, and all the Wis- hem Ephrata, though thou be litiota of Egypt. tie among the Thousands of Judah,

e'.' Luk.a. 11. Unto you is born yet out of thee shall he come forth (this Day, in the City of Davids junto me, that is to be Ruler ina Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Israel .• whose goings forth have, ilsai. 60.3. The Gentiles shall come been from of old, frpm everlastingIto thy light, and Kings to th,e * Joh. 7. 41. Hath net the §cn* brightness of thy rising. pture said, that Christ cometb ouc

'*TNumb. 24.17. — There shall3oof the Seed of David, and out of tome a Star out of Jacob, and a the7tow»of Bslblihtm, where David Bcepwe shall rife jut of IfraeJ, and was?

hem (i) in the Land of Juda, art not the least among ti princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governour that shall * rule [Or, feed'} my People Israel. 7. Then Hera when he had privily called the wile men, enquire of them diligently what time, the Star appeared!, i And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go, i an k search diligently for the young child, and when y have'" found himy bring me word again, that 1 may com and * worship him allb. 9. When they had heard th King, they departed, and lo, the star which they law i the east, went before them, till it came and stood over whei the young child was. 10. When they saw the star, they r< joked with exceeding great joy. n. And when they wei come into the House, they ,n saw the young child with M; ry his'Mother, and fell down and worshipped him: an when they had opened their treasures, they * presente sjOr, offered] unto him gifts, gold, and frankincense, an

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}'.' Rev. 2. 57. And he shall rule vowed unto the Lord in Hebroi them with a Rod of Iron: as 1 King. 21.9. She wrote in Le the Vessels of a Potter fliall they ters, faying, trtclaim a salt, and i" te broken to shivers Col. 1. 18. Naboth on high among the PeopI He is the Had of the HJy the 5 m t Psah 72. 10. The Kings 1 Church: who is the beginning, the Tarlhifh and of the Isles flu first-con; from the Dead, that in all bring Presents: The Kings of Sfa things he might have the Pre- ba and Seba shall offer Gifts. tM eminence 60. 6. The multitude of Came

kJob y. :2. He disappointethioshall cover thee: The Dromed; the devices of the crusty, so that • ries of Midian and Ephah: all th( theii Hands cannot perform their from Sheba shall come: they flu enterprise. bring Gold and Incense, arid thi

1 2 Sam. 15. 7. — Absalom said shall shew forth the Praises of tl unto the King, I pray thee letisLcrd. me go, znAfay myVo-a which I have

(\) The Bethlehem spoken of here, was called Bethh hem Epbrata, al Bethlehtm in the Land of Judah, so that here is no inconsistency betwi ■what the Prophet Micah fays, and what is here recorded. Astotl seeming Contradiction about the excent of the Place, it is thus recow Jed. The Piophet speaks of the Place it self, which was but little ccm[#afon of many othersin the holy Land; but here it is said nor ic; tittles because it was the Place where our Lord, the Redeemer of Ml kind, was born ; or if, according to others, the Hebrew Word, which rendered little, be taken adverbially, the seeming Opposition is quite r moved. For then the sense of the Place will be, And thou Bethkhe Ephrat'a, it is but little, or, it is » small matter, that thu art amw&! thousand) ofJudah j for tut, $cc.

myrrhe. 12. And being warned of God in a n dream,, that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own Country another way. , 13. And when they were departed, behold, the Angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and (1) departed into Egypt: 15. And was there until the Death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by "the Prophet, saying, Out of Egypt 0 have (I caJiedmy Son. 16. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wile men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and p flew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, accordion to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wife men. 17. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by * Jeremy the Prophet, saying, 18. In Rama was there a Voice heard, lamentation and weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. 19. But (2) when Herod was dead, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20. Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the

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n V Matt. 1. 20. q* Jer. Ji. if. Thus faith the

* * Hos. 11.1. When Israel was Lord, a voice was heard in Ra

a Child then I loved him, and mah, Lamentation, and bitter

called my Son out of Egypt. Weeping: Rachel weeping for p Prov. a j. 30. There is no her Children, refused to be con>

Wisdm, nor Understanding, nor 5 sorted for her Children, because

Counsel against the Lord. they mere not.

(1) Mr. Eachard, Eccl. Hist. p. 35. has the following remarkable FasV sage. At our Lord's first arrival in Egypt, as may be collected .from Enstbitts and Mkanafius, he was by design, or providence, carried into a Temple at Henitoptlis, in the Province of Thebais, at whose Presence the Idol Gods fell down, like Dagon before the Ark, and suffered their timely and just dissolution, which remarkably verified a prophecy of Isaiah, Chap. 19. i.that the Lord should come into Egypt,*zni the Idols, of Egypt should be moved at his presence. • *

(2) The third Year before the Account called the .Year of our Lord.

Land of Israel: for they are '* dead which sought t! young child's life. 21. And he arose, and took the youi chikTand his mother, and came into the Land of Kni 22'. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in ]| dea, in the room of his father fleiod, he was afraid 1 go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in dreamy he turned aside r into the Parts of Galilen 23. And he came and dwelt in a-City called Naxaretl that it might be fulfilled which was s spoken by the pn phets, u He shall be called a Nazarene.

CHAP. III.

Year of our Lord z6.

IN those days came a John the Baptist, preaching the b Wilderness of Judea, 2. And saying, Repei ye: for the c Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. 3. F< this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaia saying, The A Voice of one crying in the Wilderness, Prj pare y'e the way of the Lord, make his Paths straigh 4. And the lame c John had his Raiment f of camels hai; and a leathern eirdle about his loyns, and his Meat w(

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r Exod. 4. 19. And the Lord taketh it, to him will I give Acl said unto Moses in Midian, Go, sari my Daughter to Wife. return into Egypt; fqr all the ° V Dan. j. 44. In the Days 1 Men arc dead which fought thy these Kings shall the God ot Jk Life- 5 w* set up a Kingdom, which Im

i y Matt. 3. 15. - • "" never be destroyed: and tlj

s fjudg. ij. 5. For lo, thou Kingdom shall not be left tpJ shalt conceive and bear a Son, and ther People, but it shall break j BO R*y>r shall come on his Head; pieces and consume all these Kf\ ftr the Child ihall .'be a N-writeicdwi, and it shall stand for ever, unto Gpd frpm the Worab— d*V-4'--'3- tLuk-'3-f- tj°

u *.- Isai. 11. 1. And there 1. 23. See on Mar. 1. 3. shall come forth a Rod cut osthe e t Mar. 1. 6. John was cl Stem of Jesse, and a branch ihall thed with Camels hair, and with, grow out of his roots. 1 5g>rdle of a Skin about his Loyni

a'*Mar. 1. 4. John did Bap- "and he did eat Locusts and wil tize in the Wilderness, and Breach Honey.!

the Baptism of Repentance, for the f t a King. 1. 8. He l^W remission of Sins: * Luk. 3. 2. was an hairy Man, and girt witsi —The Woid ot" Cod came untcicG;W/c- of Leather about 1ns Loyns,1 ■hhirhe Son of Zacharias in the t Zech 13. 4. Neither shall tW Wilderness.' \ [the Prophets] wear a rough Garmt\

% Y Josh. if. iS. Caleb said, to deceive, he that saiitcdi Kirjath-fepher, and

* Locusts and wild honey. 5. Then h went out to • him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6. And were ' baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their Sins. 7. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his Baptism, he said unto them, k O generation or Vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the 1 Wrath to come. 8. Bring forth therefore fruits * meet m for Repentance [Or3 answer^ ihh to amendment o f Life"]. 9. And think not to fay within your selves, we have n Abraham to our Father: for I fay unto you, that God is able of these Stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10. And now also the Ax is laid uuto the root of the trees: therefore 0 every tree which bringeth rot forth good fruity is hewen down, and cast into the fire. 11. I indeed p baptize

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* V Lev. 11. ia. Even these vend us from the Wrath so come, of them ye may eat: the Locust if- ,n Act. 26. 20. Shewed—: that ter his kind.— they should repent and turn to

h t Mar. 1. y. There went God, and do works meet for repentout unto him all the Land oi%ance. Luk. 3 8. Bring forth fruits Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and therefore worthy of Repentance. —■ were all Baptized of him in the Ri- n *Joh. 8. 33, 39. They anver Jordan, confessing their Sins. sweredhim, we be Abrahams seed, V Act. 19. 4, 18. Then and were never in bondage to any said Paul, John verily baptized 1 oMan: how sayest thou, ye shall be with the Baptism of Repentance, say- made free ? — Abraham is our Fa» ing unto the People, that they ther. Matt. 8. 11. Many shall should believe on him that should come from the east and weft, and come after him, that is, on Christ shall fit down with Abraham, and Jesus, f Many that believedcame,jflsaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom and confessed, and shewed their of Heaven, t Act. 13. 16. Men Deeds. and Brethren, Children of the Stock

k * Matt. 12. 34. O generation of Abraham, and whosoever among of Vipers, how can ye being evil, you feareth God, to you is the speak good things? for put of thezoword of this Salvation sent, abundance of the Heart the Mouth 0 * See on Matt. 7. 19. speaketh^k Matt. 23. 33. Ye Ser- p * Mar. 1. 8. I indeed have pents, y&gmeration of Vipers, how Baptized you with water; but he can ye escape the Damnation of shall baptize you with the ho!/ Hell! t Luk. 3. 7. 7fGbtst.*Luk.}.i6. John answered.say

1 f Rom. 5. 9. Much more ing to them all, I indeed baptize then being justified by his Blood, you with Water; but one mightier we shall be saved from wrath to than I cometh, the latchet of whose come, t 1 The's. 1. 10. And to Shoes I am not worthy to unloose: wait for his Son from Heaven,3«he shall baptize you with the holy whom he raised from the Dead, e- Gk«st,i and With Fire. *Joh, I. 15. yen Christ Jesus, which hath deli- *6*.

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